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The 2015 QEM Summer Internship Program consists of a  (1) Science Policy Internship supported by the Office of International and Integrative Activities at the National Science Foundation (NSF); and a (2) Science Education Internship supported by the NSF Tribal College and Universities Program (TCUP). The internships are designed to enhance students’ ability to apply their knowledge to a research assignment; increase their understanding of issues in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; and instill a sense of responsibility for assisting underserved groups.

The ten-week internship experience, which will take place
May 26 – July 31, 2015, will include a pre-internship, four-day, orientation and professional development session; a nine-week research-focused assignment with a mentor/advisor; and a post-internship reflection session. The Program provides opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to interact with individuals involved in policymaking positions; increase their awareness and knowledge of issues that prevent minority communities from receiving a quality education and/or quality healthcare; conduct research to become familiar with programs and strategies being implemented to address these issues; and become aware of policies and legislation that have an impact on STEM education as well as access to healthcare.

Science Policy-focused Summer Internship
Science Policy focused interns will work at the National Science Foundation under the guidance of NSF program officers and staff involved in implementing science policies and in managing STEM-focused programs. The internship is designed to increase the students’ understanding of how science policy is made as well as to further develop their potential for becoming leaders and proponents for increasing the number of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities who pursue degrees and careers in science and engineering. Science policy interns will work at NSF on computer- and library/archive-based research projects assigned by their mentors. They also will be responsible for completing an individual development plan (IDP) and for writing midterm and final reports that provide updates on their accomplishments to date as well as their impressions of the internship experience.

To be eligible for the internship, applicants for the Science Policy-focused internship must be majors in one of the following fields: mathematics, science (life or physical sciences, computer science, behavioral sciences, or social sciences), technology, or engineering, and must have completed at least their sophomore year by the start of the internship. Graduating seniors must already have been accepted to and plan to enter graduate school in the fall to be eligible. For more information, including the stipend and additional eligibility requirements, download the 2015 QEM/NSF Summer Science Internship Program application here.

  • The application deadline is February 20, 2015.
  • Decision notification date is April 13, 2015.

Science Education-focused Summer Internship
Science Education-focused interns will work at QEM under the guidance of QEM staff.
The internship is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about issues pertaining to STEM education among American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, and to familiarize them with policies, programs, and strategies being used to address those issues. The science education interns will conduct computer- and library/archive-based research on topics including health issues that disproportionately affect Native Americans and STEM education at Tribal Colleges and Universities. They also will be responsible for completing an individual development plan (IDP) and for writing midterm and final reports that provide updates on their accomplishments to date as well as their impressions of the internship experience.

To be eligible for the internship, applicants for the Science Education-focused internship must be pursuing a STEM degree, be enrolled in a Tribal College or University, and have completed at least their freshman year by the start of the internship program. Students who have completed their degree program at a Tribal College or University must have been accepted into a four-year or a graduate program that will begin in the fall semester. For more information, including the stipend and additional eligibility requirements, download the 2015 QEM/NSF TCUP Science Education-focused Internship application here.

The application deadline is March 27, 2015.
Decision notification date is April 20, 2015.