Nonacademic career information for graduate students in mathematics
Information on internships in industry/government
- Internships can apply all areas of mathematics.
Internships are problem-solving applications of any/all
areas of mathematics, not just in what has
traditionally been called "applied
- Many also involve software implementation
of mathematical solutions to problems.
- Internships are often full time work during part or
all of the summer.
- For those interested in considering a nonacademic
career after completing your degree, an internship can be
an important part of your resumé for your job search.
- For those interested in considering an academic career,
an internship can be valuable experience for advising your
- An internship at an institution may lead to a job offer
from the same business/lab when you get your degree.
- General internships listings (for grads and undergrads):
- SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) internship page:
- AMS (American Mathematical Society page:
- All National Laboratories: (Most don't need a clearance)
Department of Homeland Security
(internships organized through DHS possibly not running for summer 2018)
or apply directly to a national lab (still running summer 2018;
also apply via an advisor), including:
- Los Alamos NL :
- Sandia NL : link,
- Oak Ridge NL :
- More links at SIAM site above
- NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology):
- Intelligence Community/NSA (National Security Agency) (including Graduate Mathematics Program):
- NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration): link .
- DOE (Department of Energy):
- The AMS-AAAS Mass Media Fellowship (deadline January 15):
Includes practical experience in media organizations across the US.
- Google: link
- Microsoft Research: link
- Bell Labs, Mitre Corp., IBM, Rand Corp., IDA, SAIC, Census Bureau, ...
- Academic institutes to industry programs:
- IMA (Institute for Mathematics and its Applications) Math to Industry Boot Camp:
- IPAM (Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics):
- SAMSI (Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute):
- Nebraska Global:
Nebraska Global provides
internship opportunities for
grads in our department, working in teams or individually;
applications are due each spring.
- National Strategic Research Institute at UNL:
- Most internships have application deadlines in
December-February. (A few of them are earlier.)
- For some internships you may need to organize
letters of recommendation or transcripts, which can be
difficult to do in late December/early January, so it's
a good idea to start working on an application sooner.
- Surf the web for information and application sites.
- Make contacts through your advisor and other networking.
- Resumé: (National labs) Academic CV, but highlight skills:
programming and scientific computing experience and
languages/software packages, advanced math courses,
any publications, prior work.
Nonacademic job search resources
Compiled by Susan Hermiller
- General math / applied math job listings (not comprehensive!)
- AMS link includes nonacademic job ads
- SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Careers and Jobs page,
- National Laboratories. Follow links from
individual national labs.
- U. S. federal government link
- Google link
- National Security Agency
- Institutes for Defense Analyses
- Microsoft Research link
- Daniel H. Wagner Associates link,
applying mathematics and computer science to industry.
- Rand Corporation link
- Bell Labs, IBM, Texas Instruments,
Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, Epic, Sony, Mitre Corp., Hughes Aircraft,
Aerospace Corp., Army, Navy, Air Force, NASA,
NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology),
FBI, CIA, DOE,
Census Bureau, IPAM,
SAMSI (Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute), ...
- Data science and cyber security
(Possibly the two fastest growing nonacademic job sectors for mathematicians)
- Insight Data Science postdoctoral fellows program
This is a 7 week program to transition from the PhD to
data science, that can lead to a job offer (businesses recruit
from this program).
- Indeed job listing for cyber security
- Actuarial math job information
- Society of Actuaries jobs list
This society also administers a series of exams to
show your qualifications as an actuary. Take the
first exam (calculus and probability, easy?!)
before applying for jobs.
- Casualty Actuarial Society career page,
- Financial math job information
- International Association for Quantitative Finance
link. For job board and
other professional development materials
- Excerpt from Courant web site:
Mathematical finance draws from the disciplines of probability
theory, statistics, scientific computing and partial differential
equations to provide models and derive relationships between
fundamental variables such as asset prices, market movements and
- Wall Street investment firms (JP Morgan, Citigroup, ...)
- Other directions
- Systems analysis
- Medical, pharmaceutical research
- Bio-informatics, genomics
- Stephen Krantz, A mathematician's survival guide,
link (p. 59-63 in the linked preprint; p. 105-109 in the published version)
- Leon Seitelman, Applying for nonacademic positions,
- Catherine O'Neil, A view on the transition from academia to finance,