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What is an internship?

Relevant work experience in your major field. This may be a part-time job while going to school, full-time job during the summer, or a co-op (alternating semesters of work and

Why should I get an internship?

Benefits to Student:

  • Learn about your major and what engineers do
  • Determine your preference for engineering major, company size, and environment
  • $$$ Make money $$$
  • Gain new skills
  • Earn credit toward a technical elective
  • Makes your more employable after graduation

When should I look for an internship?

Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior –  When in doubt APPLY!

How do I find an Internship position?

  • Check out the valuable list of research internship sites on this Web page.
  • NETWORKING!!! 20% of jobs are posted, 80% are who you know!
  • Join student organizations, attend guest speakers, seminars, and events. Tell family
    and friends you are seeking an internship.
  • Read STEM emails and newsletters from your department or college (job announcements)
  • Register on BroncoJobs and search for opportunities
  • Research list of companies and submit cover letter and resume.
  • Attend the BSU Career Fairs every Fall and Spring semester
  • Network and Practice speaking to employers.
  • Create a resume now
  • Determine your SKILLS. Skills gained through work, class projects, hobbies
    (troubleshooting, working in teams, gathering data, analyzing data, testing, design, build,
    solving problems, writing technical reports, presenting results, fixing computers, working on
    computers, programming, drafting, electronics, machining, mechanics).

Earning credit for Internship:

  • All students can earn credit for their internship experience.
  •  Three credits toward technical elective as junior or senior.
  • Some students may choose to sign up for internship credit to establish or maintain eligibility for
    financial aid, or to maintain full-time status.

What do I have to do to earn the credit?
Depending on the department…..

  • Write a paper at the end of the semester
  •  Write weekly reports
  • Presentation at the end of the semester
  • Talk to your advisor about the requirements.

How to earn credit for an internship:

  • Fill out the Internship Application for Academic Credit on-line at http://
  • Print out the final form
  • Obtain your advisors signature
  • Send the signed form to the Registrar’s Office, Mailstop 1365
  •  Deadline is 6 weeks after semester begins
  • Students must work 50 hours per 1 credit (150 hours during the semester or summer
    session). That’s about 10 hours a week during school year.
  • To earn credit during summer must pay for summer school credit.



What is Undergraduate Research?
You can get paid to conduct research for a faculty member at Boise State or other universities!!! Ask
professors if they have undergraduate research opportunities! Express interest in their research!

Here are two resources for finding undergraduate research opportunities across the country.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (mostly summer)
Hundreds of NSF sponsored internships all over the country
Eligible: Freshman through senior
Application: Deadlines vary (usually January to March) — see Web sites

Pathways to Science
For Undergraduates: Paid Summer Undergrad Research Placements:
Over 400 programs – REU and Other Summer Research Opportunities for Undergrads

Opportunities with NASA

Internship, Undergraduate Research Information

How to obtain Internships, Research and other opportunities:
1) Research – Look at potential areas of research and determine which best fits your interests
For example, if you are interested in NASA centers:
– This outstanding link, the home page for NASA’s Undergraduate Student
Research Program, (USRP: one of NASA’s many undergraduate internship programs) is
a user friendly, one stop shop to learn what areas of research each of the NASA Centers
focuses on. Just click on the “Find Your Vision” map. Use this link to select your area of interest, and learn which NASA centers focus on this research.
– This is the main NASA site with links to each center. However you can
also find a direct link to each center when you use the “Find Your Vision” map at the USRP
site above.
– This is a link to externally published NASA research reports
for download. This is an ideal link to look at specific areas of research for specific individuals.
– This is a great link to look at research papers beyond NASA.
2) Communicate – Make contact with the Center, University, or employer of your choice.
For NASA opportunities, the University Affairs Officer (UAO) is the ideal starting point. http://
3) Connect – Express your interest in a specific research area and request a potential point of
contact in this area.
At NASA, the UAO should be able to place you in contact with a person working in your area
of interest.
4) Contact – Craft an email and/or follow up with a phone call to the contact expressing your interest.
Researchers are interested in talking about their research, particularly with excited students.
5) Persistence – Don’t give up after one try. Look at several opportunities and put in the time/effort
required to achieve success.
6) Apply – You can’t get the position unless you apply. Go all the way and fill out the application

NASA Langley in Virginia (Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars Program) (LARSS) – February 1 application deadline

Helpful NASA Resources for undergrad and graduate students seeking opportunities:
– One Stop Shopping for NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships:

NASA Centers and Facilities

Each center offers different experiences in a variety of specialized fields.   We encourage you to research and acquire these opportunities.

  1. Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
  2. Dryden Flight Research Center, Southern California near Edwards AFB
  3. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio
  4. Goddard Space Flight Center, Goddard, Maryland
  5. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas,
  6. Kennedy Space Center, Florida,
  7. Langley Research Center, Virginia
  8. Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama
  9. Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

U.S Department of Energy National Laboratories
Eligible: Freshman through graduate students

  • Idaho National Lab, Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • SLAC National Accelerator Lab, Menlo Park, California
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab, Richland, Washington
  • Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, California & Alburquerque, New Mexico
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, California
  • Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  • National Renewable Energy Lab, Golden, Colorado
  • Ames Lab, Ames, Iowa
  • Argonne National Lab, Argonne, Illinois
  • Fermi National Accelerator Lab, Batavia, Illinois
  • National Energy Technology Lab, Morgantown, West Virginia & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Brookhaven National Lab, Upton, New York
  • Oak Ridge National Lab, Oak Ridge, Tennesee
  • Savannah River National Lab, Aiken, South Carolina
  • Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, Virginia
  • Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Princeton, New Jersey

U.S. Department of Energy, Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (summer & academic year)
Eligible: High school graduating senior through college senior                      Application: Opens Oct. 5

U.S. Department of Energy and NSF, Faculty and Student Teams Program (summer)
(Boise State has priority for this program)  Must form team of one faculty and two or three students
Eligible: Freshman through senior                                                      Application: Opens Oct. 5

Bettis Summer Intern Program
Apply: from October 1 through October 21

Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL)  

Apply by November 30th
Eligible:  undergrads (completed sophomore year), or graduate students in engineering, science, or business.
All candidates must be a U.S. citizen                                                 Questions:

Office of Naval Research – Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program – NREIP  (summer)
Eligible: Juniors, seniors, graduate students                           Application: Opens Oct;  closes  Jan.  

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Opportunities
On-Campus at Boise State:  INBRE
or Google “INBRE Summer Research” to find sites at other states!
NIH Website:

United Launch Alliance 

Pathways to Science

–          For Undergraduates:  Paid Summer Undergrad Research Placements:
Over 400 programs – REU and Other Summer Research Opportunities for Undergrads

–          For Financial Support in Graduate School Opportunities:
Bridges, GK-12, IGERT and NSF Grad Research Fellowship programs provide generous stipend and tuition support for students through the National Science Foundation:

–           For Postdoc opportunities:

Case Western, Undergraduate Research – For students interested in polymer research  –February 1, deadline

Cornell, Undergraduate Research –  including  LSAMP Summer

Cornell Center for Materials Research Programs 

American Society for Engineering Education – Fellowship Programs

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program for Graduates

The National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes(NSF-EAPSI) Program

Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Defense Scholarship for Service Program (for Graduate and Undergraduates)

Other government agencies to check out:

•Department of Agriculture (USDA)
•Department of Commerce (DOC)
•Department of Defense (DOD)
•Department of Education (ED)
•Department of Energy (DOE)
•Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
•Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
•Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
•Department of Justice (DOJ)
•Department of Labor (DOL)
•Department of State (DOS)
•Department of the Interior (DOI)
•Department of the Treasury
•Department of Transportation (DOT)
•Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Quasi-Official Agencies

•Legal Services Corporation
•Smithsonian Institution
•State Justice Institute
•United States Institute of Peace


–          Leandra Aburusa, COEN Student Support Coordinator, ET 101,

–          Emily Flores, LSAMP Coordinator,

–          Barbara Morgan*, Distinguished Educator in Residence,
ALWAYS copy Kim Long at

–          Pat Pyke, Director of STEM Station,

–          Anne Evans, Internship Coordinator, Career Center,

–          Boise State Career Center, 426-1747, career@boisestate.

Resume and Cover Letter Samples on Career Center Web Site