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Did you know there are many competitive summer programs – hosted by colleges, universities, foundations and government offices – that provide an experience, professional development opportunities and a stipend?

These programs are often geared toward students with:

  • Specific interests, backgrounds, class years and courses of study
  • GPAs of 3.4 and above (these are highly selective)

It is important to read the details of each program noting the specific requirements and deadlines (many of which are in January and February). Most programs also require letters of recommendation, so be sure to give your professors advance notice.

Find opportunities by

  • Searching the Handshake. We receive many listings, so log in and use the search term “summer”
  • Asking your professors. They frequently receive notice of opportunities and will likely have experience based on previous students
  • Checking with professional associations. Most professional associations have information and opportunities for undergraduate students. Ask your faculty adviser or LEEP Center adviser for more information
  • Searching Google. Type in “summer programs in…” to start your search. You could also look for opportunities at a major institution in the city in which you plan to stay for the summer
  • Asking an organization directly. Many faculty and organizations hire summer help. If you can’t locate information about a specific place you’d like to work, find a contact on their website and send an email asking if they’d be willing to take you on.


This program is for students from underrepresented groups interested in a career in medicine. Program sites are available nationwide, and the program provides housing, meals and a stipend.

These summer research programs for students in the sciences and social sciences are mostly hosted by colleges and universities as well as a few research institutions with funding from the National Science Foundation. All provide a stipend and many offer housing and/or a meal subsidy.

These summer programs are hosted and funded by colleges and universities. Many are open to students from other universities and provide a small stipend.

The Departments of Justice, State and Commerce, as well as the FBI, U.S. Marshalls Service and others, host competitive, paid summer internship opportunities. The programs are posted on their individual websites and