Intern Abroad

Please note that specific dates of programs and deadlines will likely vary slightly each year; make sure to check respective websites for most updated dates.

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Schott Summer Internship Program

Location: Either at the global headquarters in Mainz, Germany or at one of the other manufacturing facilities in Germany

The SCHOTT Summer Internship Program in Germany provides college and university students the opportunity to gain international work experience at SCHOTT AG in Germany, improve their German language skills, and experience German culture firsthand. Internship placements at are available in business/marketing & PR, engineering, manufacturing, information technology, physics and material sciences. (SCHOTT is a world leader in special glass and glass-ceramics for industrial, scientific and consumer applications). Participants to cutting-edge research, product development, international marketing, operations management, etc. All internships stress the development of technical, management, and interpersonal skills. 

Program Duration: Internships are three months and begin in late May each year. In some cases, participants may extend their internships.

Funding: All internships at SCHOTT are generously compensated and include free housing.

Application Deadline: January 31



Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)
Location: Various Institutions around Germany

Students are matched with a doctoral student whom they assist. German is not required. The Host Institution assists with housing and there is a 3 day meeting in Heidelberg to meet representatives from German companies.

Program Duration: Internships can be for periods of eight to twelve weeks and dates are flexible

Funding: Scholarships provide stipends of approximately 650,- Euros monthly to cover living expenses and food. The scholarship also includes health and accident insurance, and also covers a three-day meeting in Heidelberg during July.

Application Deadline: January 15



UROP International, RWTH Aachen University
Location: Aachen, Germany

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at RWTH Aachen University fosters research partnerships between qualified undergraduates from top US and Canadian universities and research faculty at RWTH Aachen University.

Designed for students who wish to attain hands-on experience in fundamental research at one of the top science and technology universities worldwide. Students have the unique opportunity to conduct their own research project. Students are mentored and supervised by a member of the research staff of the host institute at RWTH Aachen University. 

Students also participate in German language training and workshops on intercultural and research-related issues. Leisure activities complete their international experience in Germany.

RWTH Aachen University offers a wide range of internship options in the fields of natural sciences, IT, engineering, sociology, medicine, psychology, economics, and more.

Program Duration: June 1 – July 31

Funding: The program is fee free; however students are responsible for travel, accommodation, insurance and living expenses. Limited scholarships are offered to students with an outstanding academic record, these amount to 1,850,- Euro and cover basic living expenses.

Application Deadline: January 31



Ecole Polytechnique

Location: Route de Saclay, France

Ecole Polytechnique, just outside Paris, France, offers an Internship Program for International Students. This program, open to rising juniors and rising seniors, offers a research experience to undergraduates in one of France’s outstanding academic institutions. Specific projects are updated on the following link, please refer to this for the most updated information:

Program Duration: Summer internships run for about 3 month period, dates are dependant on each lab

Funding: A small stipend and assistance with low cost housing in residence halls is provided

Application Deadline: January 12



Pasteur Institute 
Location: Paris, France

The Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program provides U.S. undergraduate students, entering their senior year, with the rare opportunity to work on supervised research projects at the Institut Pasteur. Selected laboratories at the Institute participate each year. Please refer to the application form for the most updated list. Knowledge of French is not a requirement.

Program Duration: Ten weeks total. Each lab will specify availability dates, students may choose any 10-week period within these availabilities.

Funding: Interns receive the equivalent of a living allowance of $500 per week for a maximum of $5000. Travel/housing are not paid by this program, but a $1500 subsidy is provided and intended to defray costs of travel and requisite insurance.

Application Deadline: February 20



Optics in the City of Light Research Experience for Undergraduates 
Location: Paris, France

The Optics in the City of Light Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) offers undergraduate junior level students the opportunity to spend 2 months in a variety of laboratories in Paris performing research with a wide range of ultrafast lasers. Participants will experience strong collaborative science between University of Michigan (UM) Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS), Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA), Université Paris-Sud 11 Orsay, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan,  and l’Institut d' Optique Graduate School. Faculty will each direct an REU student on a collaborative project. Students spend one week in Ann Arbor at CUOS for orientation, safety training, preparation for living in France, and immersion into the Ann Arbor laboratories of the REU faculty. Students also learn basic lab skills as well as basic reporting skills.

Program Duration: May 25-July31

Funding: All travel, food and lodging is paid for. In addition, a stipend of $5000 is given to each student.

Application Deadline: January 21



Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology REU
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France

The Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) hosts a center-wide Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU). The program provides research experiences across four CEINT partner institutions: Duke, Virginia Tech and Carnegie Mellon Universities as well as the European Center for Research and Education in Geosciences and the Environment (CEREGE) in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Students engage in their own original research projects with a focus on the environmental impacts of nanotechnology. This program is designed to guide undergraduate students toward independent interdisciplinary research in academic fields related to nano-science and engineering. These include biomedical engineering, materials science, biology, chemistry, ecotoxicology, geosciences, and civil & environmental engineering.

Program Duration: Ten weeks, including 1 week orientation (May 25 – July 31)

Funding: The program compensates $5000 plus housing and travel.

Application Deadline: February 28th



Nothern Ecosystems Research for Undergraduates
Location: Abisko, Sweden

Geo-science and environmental science researchers invite undergraduate students from universities across the U.S. to join them in the UNH-Abisko Summer Research program. Students will be given the opportunity to identify research topics then begin working with a research mentor at UNH to prepare for their research in Abisko, Sweden. The program is open to students in their junior year of college, and looks for a strong interest in contributing to advanced research in Earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences.

Program Duration: Ten weeks, June 3 – August 9

Funding: Participants receive a stipend, travel allowance, and room and board at the University of New Hampshire and the Abisko Scientific Research Station

Application Deadline: December 31



Location: Prague, Czech Republic

DIMACS, CCICADA and the Rutgers University Mathematics Department invite applications for a NSF/DHS Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. DIMACS is located at Rutgers University, and is a joint project of Rutgers, Princeton, AT&T Laboratories, Bell Laboratories, Telcordia Technologies, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and the NEC Research Institute. The international component of the program involves an exchange with the sister site DIMATIA at Charles University in Prague. There students will participate in DIMATIA workshops, attend a special REU lecture series, and experience Czech culture.

Program Duration: Seven and a half weeks at Rutgers University. Two and a half weeks in Prague.

Funding: Housing will be provided as well as a stipend of between approximately $4000 and $4,950 depending on choice of housing options and which program funds the project. In addition, the DIMACS and the CCICADA programs will cover travel up to $600 for travel, with additional funds available on a case by case basis.

Application Deadline: January 31



The American-Scandinavian Foundation
The ASF shares internship and training positions. Please refer to the online directory for updated availabilities. Internships are generally unpaid. The Foundation aids in obtaining work permits (for a fee).




Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

CCMI: Coral Reef Biodiversity and Resilience at the Little Cayman Research Centre

Location: Little Cayman, Cayman Islands

Students work with mentors to design, implement and present research projects within CCMI’s research themes of (1) Coral reef stress, climate change, and ocean acidification; (2) Coral reef resilience and restoration; (3) Invasive species (lionfish); and (4) Herbivory.

Program Duration: Eight weeks, June 20 – August 14

Funding: A competitive stipend is provided as well as travel allowance. Funding details are provided at the time of selection.

Application Deadline: March 15



Ocean Exploration Trust’s Science and Engineering Program
Location: Gulf of Mexico and eastern Pacific Ocean

The Nautilus Science and Engineering Internship Program aims to train and provide real-world experiences for students studying ocean science, engineering, and video/film. Internship positions entail 2-5 weeks working aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus as data loggers, ROV (remotely operated vehicle) engineers, or video engineers. All interns spend time at sea working with a wide array of scientists, engineers, students, and educators. Internships available include: Ocean Science & Seafloor Mapping Internships, ROV Engineering Internships, and Video Engineering & Filmmaking Internships.

Program Duration: 2-4 week, or 4-5 week expeditions depending on internship

Funding: Applicants who are accepted into the SEIP will be provided full travel to and from their expedition in the Gulf of Mexico or Eastern Pacific Ocean. During expeditions, Interns are provided full room and board in the form of shared cabins and three full meals per day.

Application Deadline: January 16





NanoJapan: International Research Experience for Undergraduates 

Location: Tokyo, Japan

The NanoJapan Program is a 12-week, summer research internship focusing on Terahertz (THz) Dynamics in Nanostructures. Open to freshman and sophomore engineering and physics students from universities nationwide. Supported by an NSF Partnerships for International Research & Education (NSF-PIRE) grant, the program seeks to cultivate interest in nanotechnology among young U.S. undergraduate students, especially those from underrepresented groups.*Program includes a pre-departure at Rice University.

Program Duration: Mid-May to early-August.

Funding: A tuition fee for 1 or 2 academic research is paid to Rice University Summer School (approximately $986/credit). NanoJapan covers cost of international airfare, orientation, and local trips. NSF stipend provides up to $4000 for living costs. Please refer to this link for breakdown of estimated costs.

Application Deadline: January 23



The University of Tokyo Research Internship Program 
Location: Tokyo, Japan

The University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP) is a summer internship program for students majoring in natural science and other relevant fields. Provides students an opportunity to gain "real graduate-school life" or "research-centered life" experiences. Students  work with leading researchers of the Graduate School of Science (GSS) at UTokyo. Includes off-campus activities such as a field-trip to a historical site in Japan, and social and cultural events to promote a better understanding of Japanese culture, as well as lectures on cross-disciplinary scientific areas.

Program Duration: Six weeks overall. 11 June – 22 July or 1 July – 11 August

Funding: Travel expenses for one round trip between the student's current or home address and Narita (or Haneda) airport, with some limitations (maximum coverage will be 100,000 yen for any reason); housing will be provided with some limitation.

Application Deadline: Application period is from January 13 – March 3



The University of Tokyo Summer Internship Program in Kashiwa 
Location: Kashiwa, Japan

UTSIP Kashiwa, organized by the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, provides hands-on research internship program in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Information Technology, International Studies, Materials Sciences, Sustainability Sciences, and others. Participants will develop a research proposal, and will gain first-hand experience in the academic research process. Students must be rising juniors or rising seniors.

Program Duration: There are two 7-week programs: June 8 to July 17; June 29 – August 7.

Funding: The program provides scholarships that cover living expenses, insurance and partially subsidize international airfare.

Application Deadline: February 10



Amgen Scholars Program 
Location: Tokyo, Japan

The Amgen Scholars Japan Program provides selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at two premier Japanese universities: Kyoto University or The University of Tokyo. Scholars take part in research projects, gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science. Students also participate in engaging scientific seminars workshops and other networking events, including the signature component: The Amgen Scholars Japan Symposium. Students must be at least in their sophomore year.

Program Duration: Kyoto University: July 1 – August 28; The University of Tokyo: June 8 – July 31.

Funding: Financial support varies for each institution but is provided. Overall cost for the August symposium is covered by the program.

Application Deadline: February 2



OIST Research Internship program 
Location: Okinawa, Japan

Short-term placements as Research Intern give talented students the opportunity to gain experience in a particular laboratory or to learn a specific technique.  They work under the direction of a Professor at OIST and contribute to the research activities of OIST. Information about research units and types of projects is available online and is updated throughout the year.

Program Duration: Between 10 to 12 weeks, dates are flexible and dependent on lab arrangements.

Funding: OIST covers direct roundtrip travel and provides a small living allowance and commuting support.

Application Deadline: November 15



Nanyang Technological University: Summer Research Internship Programme 
Location: Singapore, Singapore

The Summer Research Internship (SRI) Programme is a university wide Research Programme initiated to stimulate a culture of research for the overseas undergraduates. Participants for this programme will develop research interest, strong sense of cross-cultural intelligence, gain a network of friends and a better understanding of our nation. Research titles and labs available are posted online.

Program Duration: Eight weeks, running from early June to late July.

Funding: The SRI grant covers tuition fees and provides a one-time allowance to cover living expenses.

Application Deadline: November 30



Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) 
Location: Singapore, Singapore

The Singapore International Pre-Graduate Award (SIPGA) supports short-term research attachments for international students at A*STAR. It provides a unique opportunity for top overseas students to experience the vibrant scientific environment in A*STAR Research Institutes and Consortia. Students will be able to work with distinguished and world- renowned researchers in A*STAR labs. Interested students can browse through A*STAR research institutes and consortia for updated opportunities.

Program Duration: Research period must be a minimum of 2 months.

Funding: Students receive a monthly stipend of $1500

Application Deadline: For research beginning June 1st, apply by March 31.



Industrial Technology Research Institute 
Location: Taiwan

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is a national research organization that serves to strengthen the technological competitiveness of Taiwan. Since our inception, ITRI has three mission statements: first, to expedite the development of new industrial technology; two, to aid in the process of upgrading industrial technology techniques; and three, to establish future industrial technology. Each summer ITRI hosts international students for 10-week internships in various technical/engineering positions.

Program Duration: At least 10 weeks between May and September, dates are flexible.

Funding: Accommodation is provided on campus; monthly stipends vary between positions and are specified in offers. Students are responsible for international airfare.

Application Deadline: Applications for most positions will close by the end of February.




Various Locations

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

  • The National Institute of Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan
  • The Institut Fur Bio- Und Nanosysteme (IBN) at the  Forschungszentrum, Julich, in Germany
  • The Kavli Institute for Nanosciences at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands
  • The Centre Microelectronique de Provence, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint Etienne in France
  • Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC), Leuven, Belgium

The NNIN REU Program is designed to give undergraduate students an introductory research experience in nanotechnology Spread across 14 NNIN facilities in the US. Each student will work on an independent research project within their area of interest, using the advanced resources of our laboratories. Because of the breadth of expertise across these sites, we are able to offer exciting nanotechnology research projects across the spectrum of nanotechnology fields: Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, and Biomedical Engineering.

**Please note that the International REU is a follow-program where the top students to complete the NNIN REU each year are selected for a second year advanced research program at a major international laboratory. This is part of an effort to educate Globally Aware Scientists, a necessity in this multinational research environment. The students conduct an advanced research project in nanoscience for 10 weeks, similar to an REU project, but under the direction of a senior scientist at the international laboratory. The participants also are immersed in a foreign culture, in a foreign laboratory, with fellow scientists from around the world.  There is ample opportunity to travel on the weekends. Students who participate in this program not only conduct excellent research , they come away with a much broader understanding of the world of scientific research and with expanded confidence in their ability to work and interact in the expanded international environment.

Program Duration: Ten Weeks. Early June to mid-August

Funding: Students receive a $5000 stipend, and coverage of travel and housing.

Application Deadline: February 11



American Chemical Society: International Research Experience for Undergraduates 
Location: Germany, Italy, Scotland, or Singapore

U.S. chemical and materials science students may apply for a summer research opportunity in Germany, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom through the ACS International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU) program. Accepted majors: Chemistry, materials science, biochemistry or chemical engineering.

Program Duration: Ten weeks total starting May/June.

Funding: Students receive allowance for housing, meals, language training, international airfare, medical insurance and local transport is also covered.

Application Deadline: January 23


Gravitational Physics International REU 
Location: Australia, The Netherlands, Koreo, The United Kingdom, Italy, France, Japan, Germany – sites may vary by year

The focus of the UF's International REU program is in Gravitational Physics. Our program, made possible by the National Science Foundation, is designed to expose students to the rigors of gravitational physics research within a setting that truly reflects its international character. Participants work on research projects in some of the best gravitational physics labs in Europe and Australasia. During their stay, students also benefit from the valuable cultural enrichment that comes with living in a foreign environment. Each year we have a range of over fifty exciting projects lined up at host sites around the world. To know more, visit the Projects and International Hosts pages for further details about our program, and take time to explore the whole site. 

Program Duration: Nine to ten weeks, dates vary by projects.

Funding: Undergraduates receive a $5000 stipend, travel health insurance, allowance for travel and housing.

Application Deadline: December 15



Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO)
Location: Amman, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, or Singapore

The Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) program offers Columbia students high quality internship experiences in a diverse array of industries globally through alumni and employer partnerships.

Program Duration: Eight weeks, mid-June to early August

Funding: Salary varies by employer, organization and location. For unpaid internships there are a number of funding resources available such as the Alumni & Parent Internship FundWork Exemption ProgramDepartmental Grants and Non-Columbia Affiliated Funding. Limited funding is available through CCE to students who qualify for need-based financial aid at Columbia. CCE works with Financial Aid to determine which students qualify, and allocates funding to help students cover the cost of flights and, for international programs, visas.

Application Deadline: February 8



Center for Career Education: Find a Job or Internship Abroad
There are many opportunities for an international experience outside your home country during or after your college career. To obtain an experience abroad (volunteer, research, fellowship, internship, or full-time), it is helpful to be open-minded to various aspects of the experience including: location, duration, payment, and types of positions. The Center for Career Education has compiled a selection of resources to help you navigate this process. 



IASTE United States
IAESTE offer to students a provision of paid, technical work experience abroad for skill enhancement; a safe experience through IAESTE support network and support with practical arrangements i.e. work permits/visa, accommodation and travel.

Funding: Internships are paid and the exact amount is determined by the cost of living in the country and the employer. You will have to pay for your own travel costs to your receiving country and for personal insurance for the duration of the traineeship. Most sending countries require you to pay a placement fee. This is determined by the individual national committees.

Application Deadline: Application is open from September to early January; internship opportunities are published to applicants to determine preferences in late January.



The Global EDGE International Internship Directory

The GlobalEDGE International Internship Directory is a reference guide by Michigan State University for students, faculty, staff, and administrators to help match students with international internship opportunities offered by two and four-year colleges and universities, governmental agencies, non-profit groups, private organizations and corporations.



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