The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Core Summer Internship Program-Summer 2022


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Industry-Relevant Training in the UMass Core Facilities

An on-campus, paid summer internship opportunity at the UMass Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS).  Open to non-graduating UMass undergraduates (current Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors).

The CSI Program provides hands-on, industry-relevant training and experience in the use and operation of state-of-the art research equipment located in the UMass centralized Core Facilities.

What Makes Us Unique

The Core Internship Program is a paid, on-campus, undergraduate internship.  Interns will be expected to work ~320 hours over the course of the summer.  The program has three major components:

1. Research Experience in the UMass Core Facilities (300 hours)

Student interns will receive direct supervision from Core Facility Directors to support advanced research originating from both academic and industry-sponsored projects.  Interns will be trained to use state-of-the-art technologies, and learn real-world technical skills to help launch their careers in Biotech, Advanced Manufacturing, Clinical & Academic Research and more! Interested students should apply to a specific facility of their choosing.

2. Develop Valuable ‘Soft’ Skills for the Workplace (5-10 hours)

Biweekly ‘soft skills & professional development’ workshop to help develop non-technical skills, including but not limited to:

  1. Introduction to soft skills
  2. Meet Near-Career Alumni/Former CSI Interns
  3. Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  4. Presentation, Public Speaking, and Networking
  5. Job search: Taking advantage of Career Services on Campus
  6. Feedback

3. Core Internship Community (5-10 hours)

Biweekly Core Internship Tea & Sympathy hour will allow interns to come together, share experiences, and socialize. Snacks will be provided! 

Funding for the Undergraduate Core Summer Internship Program is made possible by the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Information & Computer Science, the College of Engineering, the School of Public Health & Health Sciences, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research & Engagement, and the Institute for Applied Life Sciences.

The CSI Program is dedicated to training students joining the next-generation workforce in fields of innovative science & technology, and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion on the UMass campus and beyond.  First-generation students and students from underrepresented minority groups are highly encouraged to apply.

General Internship Details

Minimum qualifications/requirements: Open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors (expected graduate year 2023 or later).  No previous Core experience needed.  Specific qualifications, prior experience, and major requirements vary for each Core.  Full job descriptions and applications are below.

Expected workload: Roughly 20-30 hours per week (flexible depending on Core needs), 10-15 weeks + 1-2 hours of internship programming.  Total hours: 310 hours

Number of positions: 21

Pay rate: $17/hr

Deadline for Priority Consideration: February 4, 2022

Any questions?

Please contact Hannah Choi, IALS Student Outreach Coordinator, at

Summer Core Interns

Investing in the next generation of workforce leaders.

CSI Alumni

ajey gowda
Ajey Gowda
alex kim
Alex Kim
ananya rao
Ananya Rao
erin devine
Erin Devine
Sleep Lab
hannah albright
Hannah Albright
Flow Cytometry
hung pham
Hung Pham
Electron Microscopy
laura casey
Laura Casey
sarah tucker
Sarah Tucker