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NIST Internship

Curious about physics, electronics, manufacturing, chemistry, materials science, or structural engineering? Intrigued by nanotechnology, fire research, information technology, or robotics? Tickled by biotechnology or biometrics? Have an intellectual fancy for superconductors or, perhaps, semiconductors? Here’s your chance to satisfy that curiosity. By spending part of your summer working elbow to elbow with researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the world’s leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners. Gain valuable hands-on experience, work with cutting-edge technology, meet peers from across the nation (from San Francisco to Puerto Rico and from New York to New Mexico), sample the Washington, DC, area. And, no kidding, get paid while you’re learning.

The SURF Program is anticipated to run between May 26 – August 9, 2015 or June 8 – August 9, 2015; adjustments may be made to accommodate specific academic schedules (e.g., a limited number of 9-week slots).

Further information for individual Laboratories can be found here.

You will find a list of frequently asked questions.


Student Eligibility

Citizenship Requirements

The program is open to all United States citizens or permanent residents.

General Requirements

Students must be undergraduates at a U.S. university or college with a scientific major, have a G.P.A. of 3.0/4.0 or better (recommended), and are considering pursuing a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.). Students with physics, material science, chemistry, applied mathematics, computer science, or engineering majors are always encouraged to apply. There may be research opportunities for students with other majors.


Application Steps and Timeline

Step 1: Tell us you’re interested!

In order to be considered for this award you must be nominated by Lewis & Clark.  Please complete this interest form which includes how you meet the eligibility requirements and who will be writing your letters of recommendation.  Once we receive your information, you will receive confirmation that you meet the general requirements from a Career Center staff member.  Please do not wait for this confirmation to begin to assemble your application materials!

Step 2: Submit your complete application materials to Lewis & Clark.

All student application materials must be submitted to Lewis & Clark.  Lewis & Clark will submit a complete institutional application (including students materials) to NIST for consideration.  Please do NOT submit your application directly to NIST.

Application materials include:

  • Student application form
  • Resume
  • Personal statement (including statement of research interests)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcript(s) (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • Verification of US citizenship or permanent legal permanent residence (e.g. copy of birth certificate, passport or permanent resident card)



 This year’s application process is closed. Check back in fall 2016 for information about the application process for summer 2017 internships.

Questions?  Contact NIna Olken at or 503.768.7114

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