During this field-based curriculum, Native Explorers focuses on the disciplines of anatomy and vertebrate paleontology to provide off-campus activities for students 18 years and older as they work side by side with Native American scientists, physicians, and graduate students. Themes covered during this annual program include climate change, evolution, comparative osteology, stratigraphy, mapping, healthy lifestyles, and Native culture. Selected applicants receive full funding and are eligible to earn college credits. There’s also a Junior Explorers option for students between the ages of six and 18, also offered through the University of Oklahoma. Programs are centered at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa.
Location: Tulsa, Okla.
Start date: Typically late May or early June
End date: 12 days after start
Eligible candidates: At least 18 years old, an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe; enrolled in college and have earned a high school diploma or equivalent; have a good academic background (grades and service); have a letter of recommendation from an instructor or advisor; be interested in learning about science and medicine
Deadline: TBD for 2022, typically early March (application)
AISESSummer Internshipsaises.orgThe AISES internship program provides students with applied work experience and an opportunity to explore career options. Placing students in 10-week summer positions with partner agencies, the program also promotes advanced students to the graduate level and assists students in developing professional networks. Past internship partners have included the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Land Management.
START DATE: Varies
END DATE: Varies
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: AISES members; full-time undergrad or grad student; American Indian or Alaska Native
College HorizonsAdmissions Workshopcollegehorizons.orgAn annually occurring college admission workshop, College Horizons is held each summer at different college campus partner locations (the 2019 partners were the University of Michigan and Brown University).
START DATE: TBD
END DATE: TBD
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian; high school sophomores and juniors; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; GPA 3.0 or higher
Future Agriculture and Science TaskforceFellowship Programsdstate.eduAt South Dakota State University the Future Agriculture and Science Taskforce — Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates (FAST REEU) Fellowship Program offers educational and research opportunities for Indigenous and economically disadvantaged students. The program’s goal is to encourage students to pursue careers in academia or industries related to food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences (FANH). These specialized experiences take place over two summers. Participants receive a $6,000 traineeship stipend during their first summer, and an additional $6,000 for the second summer.
LOCATION: South Dakota State University
START DATE: TBD for 2022
END DATE: TBD for 2022
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident; Native American or economically disadvantaged; current college undergraduate pursuing a degree in a life science or FANH major
DEADLINE: TBD for 2022, typically mid-March
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)oeop.mit.edu/programs/mitesMIT’s free, six-week residential MITES program is designed to provide academic enrichment for rising high school seniors — mainly from underrepresented or underserved communities — who have a strong academic record and are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering.
LOCATION: Cambridge, Mass.
DEADLINE: TBD, typically in February
NASA Jet Propulsion LaboratorySummer Internshipsjpl.nasa.gov/edu/intern/apply/summer-internship-program
Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in a STEM field can apply for an internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). This federally funded research center is a leader in robotic exploration of the solar system and has more than a dozen spacecraft and instruments carrying out planetary Earth science. The lab is managed by the California Institute of Technology for NASA. Interns are partnered with JPL scientists or engineers and complete projects assigned by their mentors and engage in enrichment activities, including lectures and career advisement. The JPL Education Office works with NASA and Caltech, as well as other educational institutions, to offer internship opportunities to diverse students at various stages of their academic careers. Interns receive a stipend each month during their internships. Housing and travel allowances are not provided, but interns have the option of living in Caltech dormitories at the summer guest housing rate. Internships are available year-round; the summer opportunity runs for 10 weeks, minimum, full time (40 hours per week).
LOCATION: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
START DATE: Summer internships start on the first business day of each week in May and June.
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident; currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate student pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines from accredited U.S. universities; minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA from the institution where the student has a current active status
DEADLINE: TBD for 2022, typically March 31
Summer Academy of Actuarial and Mathematical SciencesAcademic Programmorgan.edu/saamsA unique academic enrichment opportunity for high school seniors and recent graduates, the Summer Academy of Actuarial and Mathematical Sciences (SAAMS) is a no-cost, six-week program held at Morgan State University in Baltimore. All SAAMS scholars are awarded a stipend upon graduation from the program.
LOCATION: Morgan State University, Baltimore
START DATE: TBD, typically week of June 20
END DATE: TBD, typically week of July 31
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: Rising 12th grader or recent graduate; an incoming freshman at Morgan State University; interested in pursuing a degree in mathematics, actuarial science, or computer science at Morgan State; accepted students receive innovative interdisciplinary classroom instruction, introduction to college-level coursework, hands-on experiences, field trips, and interactions with actuarial professionals
DEADLINE: TBD for 2022, typically May 1
Summer DiscoveryCollege Readiness Programcorporate.exxonmobil.comFor more than five decades this collegereadiness program has enabled high school students to experience campus life during two- to four-week sessions taught by college professors. The experience went virtual last summer, and will be offered in both on-campus and virtual formats going forward. Scholarships available but students are responsible for travel costs.
LOCATION: Varies and virtual
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: Students in grades 9–12; no prerequisites
DEADLINE: Rolling admission
Summer Health Professions Education ProgramEducation Programshpep.orgThe no-cost, six-week Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) has introduced more than 30,000 college students to a range of health careers, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, and public health. The program focuses on enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development, learning and study skills, and financial planning. More than 65 percent of SHPEP scholars who apply to medical or dental schools are accepted. The program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
LOCATION: Varies by site
START DATE: Varies by site
END DATE: Varies by site
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: Must be new to the program; a high school graduate currently enrolled in college as a first-year student or sophomore with minimum college GPA of 2.5; U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient; preference for underrepresented candidates
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: High school, community college, trade school, college (including homeschooled students) pursuing a degree or certificate and recent graduates; 16 or older; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; veterans and applicants with disabilities are welcome
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)Internshipsusgs.govOne of the oldest STEM internships in the country, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)-USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program accepts students from all STEM disciplines. Participants are nominated by the director of their campus-based geoscience field camps (a standard in the education of geoscientists), a field instructor, or GIS credentials and matched by USGS scientists with paid programs lasting 10–12 weeks. Projects may be based in the field, in the laboratory, or both, and some projects continue in subsequent years.
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: Must be U.S. citizen
DEADLINE: TBD for 2022, typically mid- December
U.S. Public Health ServiceCommissioned Corps Internshipsusphs.gov/studentsStudents in health-related undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs can apply for Commissioned Corps Internships through the Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP). In this paid internship, which takes place during school breaks of 30 to 120 days, participants learn alongside active-duty officers. Interns also receive health benefits and housing and travel allowances. Upon completion of the program, interns become inactive Public Health Service officers and have the option to activate upon graduation. There is no obligation to join the USPHS Commissioned Corps.
ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES: Prerequisites depend on level of education.