The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Core Summer Internship Program


We recognize that there are still many uncertainties related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For the safety of our students, the Undergraduate Core Summer Internship Program will be following all recommended federal, state, and campus guidelines for safety and social distancing.

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Industry-Relevant Training in the UMass Core Facilities

The Core Summer Internship (CSI) Program aims to provide hands-on experiential research & technical training to UMass undergraduate students from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

The key objectives of the CSI Program are to:

  • Build and grow a competitive and industry-relevant on-campus internship opportunity for UMass undergraduate students.
  • Provide in-depth technical training in cutting-edge research equipment facilities.
  • Expose students to interdisciplinary research culture and team science.
  • Foster a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive community of students from a variety of different backgrounds and areas of interest.  

What Makes Us Unique

The Core Internship Program is a paid, undergraduate internship.  Interns will be expected to work 310 hours over the course of the summer.  The program has two 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. Weekly Virtual/Social Distanced Activities (10 hours)

Interns will meet weekly with their intern cohort.  These sessions are designed to help connect you with your fellow interns, share your experiences, and learn about each other’s current work. Occasionally, they will feature guest speakers who are experts in the areas of professional development and industry-relevant practices.

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.

Any questions should be directed to Hannah Choi, Student Outreach Coordinator, at

Click here to learn more about all of our core facilities.

Internship Applications for Summer 2021

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all intern positions are filled.  However, to ensure that your application is considered, please apply by the priority deadline, March 19, 2021.

If you missed the CSI Overview and Q&A, please watch the replay.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

CSI Overview and Q&A

Hannah Choi, Student Outreach Coordinator

Students will apply to a specific facility of their choosing. Below are the available internship positions for Summer 2021. Internship positions are highly competitive, and we expect a large volume of applicants this cycle. Please click the name of facility for the full job descriptions and to apply. Students may apply to up to 3 different positions and will be asked to rank order their choices. Positions are only open to UMass Amherst undergraduate students at this time.

Application Timeline:

March 4: Applications open | March 19: Priority deadline to apply | April 12-16: Expected week of candidate interviews
April 19-30: Candidates notified of decisions | June 1: Summer Internship begins.

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