Summer Research Opportunities

The National Science Foundation offers summer undergraduate research opportunities in many locations across the US. These opportunities are fully funded, meaning that the selected students receive a stipend. Many programs also provide room and board, though a few require students to pay for room and board with their stipend. Many programs also assist students with the transportation costs of traveling to the location. The research opportunities are a great for students to gain both research and work experience and also to develop relationships with mentors and other undergraduates in their fields.


The NSF offers these opportunities in a wide variety of fields. All of the STEM fields are represented, as well as social/behavioral science ( psychology, sociology, economics, political science). Agricultural, animal science, and environmental science majors). If you don’t already have summer plans, this would be a great way to make some money, live in a different part of the US, do some cool research, and meet undergrads in your field.


United Water Corporate Scholars Program 2011

This deadline has passed.

The program is two-fold working with the United Water Foundation and United Water for profit companies. The United Water Foundation is a non-profit private foundation formed in January 2009. United Water is one of the largest environmental services companies in the United States. Headquartered in Harrington Park, New Jersey, we serve 27 million people in more than 40 states. Our parent company, Suez Environnement, is a global water and waste treatment company whose activities focus on provider water to those without access, the distribution of water from alternative resources, the management of industrial impacts and coastline protection.

The United Water employee culture is built on the strategic business drivers of business efficiency, customer service, employee development and managed growth, with a strong commitment to ethics, safety, diversity and environmental stewardship. We strive to provide an environment in which the best talent can grow, develop and be challenged to contribute every day. At United Water, we truly believe making the planet sustainable is the best job on earth!

The UNCF Scholars program will provide selected candidates a 10-week paid internship at a United Water for profit facility and UNCF will provide a $5,000.00 scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year paid for by the United Water Foundation. The internships will be offered at the following locations: Harrington Park, New Jersey. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Wilmington, Delaware, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Pontiac, Michigan, and Indianapolis, Indiana. . Each candidate will need to go through the United Water for-profit hiring process and will be expected to present to key Project/Department staff a final report and/or PowerPoint presentation of their internship experience. This program is made possible by a grant from the United Water Foundation to provide the dollars to the UNCF and by United Water for-profit companies which will provide work opportunities.

Oracle/UNCF Corporate Scholars Program 2011

The deadline for this has passed.

From the UNCF Website:

Sophomores, juniors and seniors who are enrolled in UNCF Schools and any other Historically Black Colleges and University are eligible to participate in an 8 week paid summer internship at an Oracle location in either Redwood Shores, California or Reston, Virginia. Students are assigned summer projects in the areas of accounting, business, marketing, computer science, engineering, finance, MIS, information systems, software development and human resources. Upon successful completion of the internship, students are eligible to receive a $10,000 need-based scholarship.

MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship 2012

The deadline is May 31

From UNCF Website:

**Should you be eligible and decide to apply, when setting up your user account, enter the undergraduate institution from which you graduated/will graduate, NOT AN ANTICIPATED LAW SCHOOL. Law school information is requested elsewhere in the application.**

MCCA was founded in 1997 to advance the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys in legal departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA accomplishes its mission through the collection and dissemination of information about diversity in the legal profession.

The MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program provides scholarship support for newly entering first year law students pursuing a Juris Doctor (non-LL.M.) degree. The Scholarship Program will provide scholarships at $10,000 for the first year of law school – additional financial support may be available in years two and three. MCCA intends to foster mentoring opportunities for the selected scholars as well as assist in the placement of the winners in paid summer internship positions with corporate law departments during the summer immediately following successful completion of their first year of law school.

To qualify, applicants must:

  • be U.S. citizens and able to show proof of same, if requested
  • show proof of his/her acceptance into an ABA-accredited school on or before the application deadline (to start in fall 2011)
  • have an interest in corporate law, including working in a corporate law department and/or law firm
  • have an interest in diversity
  • be financially disadvantaged and have completed the FAFSA and provide additional documents as requested
  • demonstrate community service and leadership qualities
  • have earned an UNDERGRADUATE cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2 or higher
  • be enrolled in law school on a FULL-TIME basis in the fall 2012.


All applications must be submitted ONLINE and must include the following materials:

  • upload of unofficial undergraduate transcript(s) and graduate transcript(s) as applicable
  • upload of one’s resume
  • provision of contact information for

Google Scholarship 2012

From UNCF Website:

When it comes to higher education for promising scholars, we don’t want anything to stand in the way. That’s why Google is proud to support the work of UNCF. Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships and retreats for students pursuing a computer science or computer engineering degree or a degree in a closely related field with a high volume of computer science related courses.

Selected students will each receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year, and be invited to attend the all-expenses paid Annual Google Scholars’ Retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California in 2012.

In order to apply, students must meet the above criteria while maintaining a record of strong academic performance. (UNCF requires a minimum 2.5 GPA for students applying to any UNCF administered scholarship program) Students must also be enrolled at a 4-year college/university in the fall 2012 to receive the scholarship.

EMC / UNCF STEM Scholars Program 2011-2012

The deadline for this has passed.

From the UNCF Website:

EMC’s goal is to keep creating innovative ways to store, protect, optimize, and leverage information, with the aim of contributing to business’ success.

EMC is seeking highly-motivated students in the above-referenced majors to accept salaried internships in their Hopkinton, Massachusetts headquarters during summer 2012. Housing and transportation are not provided. Successful candidates will need to reside within commuting distance of the internship site.

Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Successful interns will be eligible for need-based $5,000 scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications before the deadline date as the donor will be reviewing them as they become complete.

Avis Budget Group – 2012 Summer Internship Program

From the UNCF Website:

Avis Budget Group Summer Internship is a paid internship program that is hosted at the Avis Budget Group (ABG) corporate headquarters in Parsippany, NJ as well as Virginia Beach sites. The Avis Budget Group Summer program is a paid internship that will start in late May and will run approximately 10-12 weeks.

Interested applicants must be enrolled full-time at a Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The selected 2012 Avis Budget Group (ABG) fellows will participate in a 10-12 week summer internship. Interns must be available to work full-time throughout the entire length of the internship program. During the program, interns will be provided with a challenging, educational and rewarding experience that includes but not limited to assisting in the day to day operations of the assigned department, working on department projects, attending development workshops and &quotlunch n learns” with senior leadership team and participating in company sponsored/team building events. Each student will be paired with a mentor to enhance his or her personal and professional development. Upon successful completion of the internship, interns will receive a $5,000 need based scholarship award.


Interns will be responsible for their transportation and housing arrangements.