Summer Undergraduate Research Internship

Program Description

The Carnegie Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL) Summer Undergraduate Research Internship is a full-time, paid 10-week research internship and professional development program based on the EPL campus in Washington, DC. 

EPL is a division of the Carnegie Institution for Science, a non-profit, non-degree-granting research institution where people conduct cutting-edge investigations about Earth and its place in our Universe. Our internship offers authentic, collaborative scientific research experiences across the range of disciplines pursued on our campus—including astronomy, geochemistry, geophysics, material science, and planetary science—for a diverse cohort of 6-8 undergraduate students from local colleges and universities

Summer interns will participate in a professional development program covering important topics and skills like scientific programming, presenting at conferences, effective science communication, building a positive identity as a scientist, and career opportunities in STEM (including applying to graduate school). Summer interns will also have the opportunity to join in departmental intellectual activities, including reading groups and seminars where they will interact with our interdisciplinary group of researchers, and in the social and cultural activities of the department and the vibrant city in which we are situated. The entire program is grounded in best practices of mentoring and is intended to provide inclusive and flexible support to interns during the summer and in their future careers. 

The dates of our 2022 internship will be May 31-August 5, 2022. The stipend for the summer will be $6,200. Housing at American University dorms will be provided, and computing needs for the summer will be covered. Pending advisor approval, interns will also have the opportunity to present their research at a professional scientific conference following the internship.

If you have questions about our program, please read our FAQ page. Any further questions can be directed to the program director, Dr. Johanna Teske ( You can read more about former EPL interns here. 

Applications have closed for Summer 2022. 

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