Math Research and Internship Opportunities

Where to begin?

There are numerous research and internship options available in addition to other avenues for gaining experience inside and outside the classroom. Among the more popular programs is the network of Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs) sites hosted by universities across the U.S. Typically each site supports 4 – 8 students who visit it during summer and work there with a mentor on a research project. An REU lasts about 8 weeks. Travel, room and board are covered and you get paid $2000 – $4000. Most deadlines are in February.

Federal Research and Internship Programs

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NASA Nebraska Space Grant
Department of Energy (DoE)
Sample: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Department of Defense (DoD)
Student internships and summer programs
USSTRATCOM Programs (part of DoD in Omaha, NE)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Internships for current students
National Security Agency (NSA)Programs
The NSA offers summer programs very similar to the REU's. Citizenship or permanent residency required. Highly competitive. Application deadlines vary by program!
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)Programs
The CIA offers programs that start several times a year and can be for multiple years.
Other Federal Agencies (some require US citizenship or residency)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Los Alamos National Laboratory Student Programs
National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Sandia National Lab
United States Census Bureau
USAJOBS - Government website information about jobs open to students and recent graduates.

Academic Programs Outside of UNL

Summer Undergraduate Applied Mathematics Institute
Held at the Center for Nonlinear Analysis at Carnegie Mellon University, in addition to a stipend participants receive credit from Carnegie Mellon for this 7-week learning and research experience.
The Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute Summer Program
The MTBI is located on the campus of Arizona State University. This intensive eight-week summer research experience for undergraduates prepares promising young scientists interested in working at the interface of mathematics, statistics and the natural and social sciences for the rigors of graduate studies.
Mathematics Advanced Study Semesters (MASS) at Penn State
MASS is held during the fall semester of each year at Penn State University.
Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA
Offers summer schools, research programs, and more at UCLA.
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics and Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education
Education Abroad in Hungry!
Math in Moscow
Education Abroad in Russia!

Opportunities and Resources At UNL

Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences (UCARE)
This UNL program is designed to promote undergraduate research by having students work on a research project with a faculty mentor.
Honors Thesis
Many students in the UNL Honors Program do their senior theses under the direction of math faculty.
Senior Thesis
Many students also complete a senior thesis under the direction of math faculty. Completion of a senior thesis can qualify you for a degree with Distinction!
Handshake is the place for students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to search and apply for internships, co-ops, part-time and full-time jobs.
University Career Services' Guide to Internships
University Career Services has an excellent guide to all things internships.
College of Arts & Sciences Career Coaches
Kristen Aldrich and Meagan Savage have both appointments and walk-ins daily to help you reach your career goals!


Have questions about where to start, what to do, or who to talk to?
Don't hesitate to contact Dr. Petronela Radu, Faculty Advisor for Mathematics, or Doug Pellatz, Assigned Advisor for Mathematics.