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The Journal of Young Investigators: Extensive list of Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities
This list currently has 100+ undergraduate summer research internships available to college students for the summer of 2010, and internships are being added regularly. This list has stood out in the scientific community because there are opportunities in all fields of science and because it is constantly updated and maintained by the undergraduate staff at JYI.
NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
National Science Foundation's listing of undergraduate programs
Science Classified Ads
Information on science careers, including employer profiles, links, career fairs, advice, and the option of signing up to be notified of new job openings
Summer Internships in Biology
Internship programs in biology, with application deadlines.
Registry of Undergraduate Researchers and Graduate Schools
A free service that facilitates match-making between undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, and graduate schools or employers seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research.
The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and medicine career planning.
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) summer research opportunity listings.
Searchable database with hundreds of jobs in the sciences.
Careers for Physicists
Created by the American Institute of Physics, this page provides information about careers in the physical sciences. The site contains a list of employers, by state, who hire physicists; profiles of physicists in various sectors; a list of physics departments (searchable by state); and a career Q&A section that includes a searchable archive of monthly career-related discussions with guest speakers.
American Institute of Physics
Includes a variety of service options such as online AIP journals, education and student services, and jobs available in the industry.
National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation and The American Physical Society contain information for funded research opportunities for undergraduates and recent graduates. They provide links to sites tailored to your specific interest.
American Physical Society
This website is sponsored by the American Physical Society and has links to jobs and internships offered through APS.
As one of the world's leading websites on physics careers, this link offers an extensive listing of job opportunities.
TIPTOP Online Job list
After becoming a member with the Tip-Top Online Job list, you will be updated on current job announcements from all parts of the world.
This site is sponsored by NASA, and provides links to an Agency Search of government jobs and a link into the NASA homepage. Information on both summer opportunities and full time jobs, however, positions offered through NASA are only available to American citizens.
The American Institute of Biological Sciences
Federally chartered non-profit scientific organization that advances research and education in the biological sciences. Utilize this resource to find out about internship and research opportunities.
The Genetics Society of America
This publication provides profiles of professionals who make unique contributions to the field of genetics.
Research explores the Earth and atmosphere from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean. We conduct research in three major areas: atmosphere, climate, and ocean and coastal resources. There are research opportunities available to undergraduates and graduates looking for marine biology related field.
The National Science Foundation
Offers a number of opportunities in the biological sciences. The Foundation gives out a number of grants and awards to fund research, and also has specific references for students looking for summer internships. Minority students who are typically under-represented in the sciences are particularly urged to apply.
Pfizer Career Guides
Four informative (and, no doubt, slightly biased) career guides from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer: "Nursing Guide", "Pharmacy Guide", "Physicians Guide" and "Public Health Guide".
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
This website on student internships in biomedicine is extensive and includes a variety of opportunities for students who are plan on pursuing a future career in medicine.
The Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Offers programs for undergraduate students interested in a career in biomedicine.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Is one of 19 Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Summers of Discovery Program, one of the programs run by the Institute, grants Intramural Research Training Awards (IRTAs) to college undergraduates, and graduates interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical/biological sciences.
Information on biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. Company and product reviews.
BioSpace: Genetown, Massachusetts
"Highlights the organizations that comprise the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device industries in Massachusetts." RSS feed available.
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
"BIO is the world's largest biotechnology organization, providing advocacy, business development and communications services for more than 1,150 members worldwide."
American Chemical Society
Website gives information about chemistry careers and internships. Signing up for a membership gives students an opportunity to become a part of the world's largest scientific society, an organization that's more than 163,000 members strong. The ACS provides a multitude of information, educational, financial, technical and professional opportunities for its members .
American Association of Clinical Chemistry
This site is maintained by the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, and provides background information about a career in clinical chemistry. Check out their home page for information regarding internship, and employment opportunities.
The goal of the Ames laboratories is to expand scientific knowledge and turn their discoveries into technology that will aid people throughout the world. Websites available on research opportunities in a number of chemistry related fields, and all contact information is included.
Argonne National Laboratory
A list of Argonne National Laboratory's current employment openings is posted here, and updated on a weekly basis. There is also an on-line resume builder available for those who need to create a resume.
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL)
Plays a vital role in the Department of Defense and Army research and development programs. This site is a valuable resource for positions in government funded research projects.
AT&T Labs offer both summer internships and full time employment. Interns working at corporations such as AT&T will most likely be provided with stipends, and free housing. AT&T has been offering summer research positions and fellowships in Mathematics and Statistics for over 25 years.
Mathematical Association of America
The Mathematical Association of America: The MAA provides resources and activities that foster scholarship and professional growth for anyone with an interest in the mathematical sciences
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Home page offers links to information regarding career/job offers in teaching.
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Online brochure of various job prospects, and Mathematics careers bulletin board featuring a career profile of nonacademic positions.
The American Statistical Association's Career Center
Introduces statistics as an increasingly popular career in industry, and addresses frequently asked questions concerning careers in statistics.
American Psychology Association: Lists nonacademic career options for psychologists and has profiles of psychologists who've found fulfilling work in nontraditional settings.
American Physical Therapy Association
Learn about what physical therapists do, where to get training, and how to gain experience in the field.
National Institutes of Health
Job listings, research-training opportunities, and summer internship opportunities at the N.I.H.
Summer Internships in Biology
Internship programs in biology, with application deadlines.
Registry of Undergraduate Researchers and Graduate Schools A free service that facilitates match-making between undergraduates with research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, and graduate schools or employers seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research.
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) summer research opportunity listings
Health Care (HLTH)
Finding Work in Global Health: A practical guide for jobseekers or anyone who wants to make the world a healthier place . Osborn, Garth and Patricia Ohmans. Saint Paul: Health Associates Press, 2005. From the back cover: “[This book] helps you: Understand international health today; Clarify your dreams and plans; Build your network of contacts; Get that crucial first job; prepare to travel overseas; Make the most of your experience.”
Opportunities in Sports and Fitness Careers . Heitzman, Ray. Chicago: VGM Career Books, 2003. From the back cover: “In [this book], you’ll find: Exciting information on a range of sports and fitness careers, both in the spotlight and behind the scenes; Details on sports and fitness career options working in diverse settings, including schools, health clubs, public relations offices, professional associations, and more; Expert advice on how to prepare for a sports or fitness career, including educational and training information.”
Public Health: Career Choices That Make a Difference . Turnock, Bernard J. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2006. From the back cover: “[This] is the first book about public health workers, both current and future, and what they do. This book offers basic information for those considering a career in public health. This innovative title emphasizes key aspects of the work of different public health occupations and titles in order to provide an understanding of the tasks of public health jobs and careers…. Features: This text sorts out the myriad career specialties and opportunities available within public health and is well suited to students as an orientation and guide to career path development; Job duties, qualifications, skills, salary expectations, career ladders, and professional networks are all detailed and up-to-date; The emphasis is on key aspects of the work of different public health occupations and titles in order to provide an understanding of the basic underpinnings of public health jobs and careers.”
Top 100 Health-Care Careers: Your Complete Guidebook to Training Jobs in Allied Health, Nursing, Medicine and More . Wischnitzer, Saul and Edith Wischnitzer. Indianapolis: JIST Works, 2005. From the back cover: “Determine whether health care is the right field for you: Learn about 100 different careers in the health-care field and where to find them; assess your skills and interests using checklists and exercise, locate the best education and training for your chosen career, and get information on financing your schooling; Discover what it’s like to work in health care, including relationships between health-care professionals and patients. Get complete details on 100 different health-care careers: Summaries of each career’s critical components; Facts on salaries, work settings, training and education requirements, advancement, and more; Updated education and training listings with full contact information for thousands of schools and training programs. Find a job in health care: Define your career goals, target prospective employers, and learn to network and market yourself effectively; Write an effective health-care resume and cover letter using samples written by professional resume writers; Use the Internet to find and apply for open positions in the field.” Appendixes and index.
Science / Technology (SCIT)
Natural Sciences, Technology, and mathematics
101 Careers in Mathematics (2d ed.) . Sterrett, Andrew, ed. Washington, D.C.: The Mathematical Association of America, 2002. From the back cover: “Contains updates on the career paths of individuals profiled in the first edition, along with many new profiles. The authors of the essays in this volume describe a wide variety of careers for which a background in the mathematical sciences in useful. Each of the jobs presented shows real people in real jobs. Their individual histories demonstrate how the study of mathematics was useful in landing good-paying jobs in predictable places such as IBM, AT&T, and American Airlines, and in surprising places such as FedEx Corporation, L.L. Bean, and Perdue Farms, Inc. You will also learn about job opportunities in the Federal Government as well as exciting careers in the arts, sculpture, music, and television. There are really no limits to what you can do if you are well prepared in mathematics…. Students should not overlook the articles in the Appendix that are reprinted from the MAA’s student magazine, Math Horizons. These articles provide valuable advice on looking for a job and on the expectations of the industry.”
Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower . Robbins-Roth, Cynthia. San Diego: Academic Press, 1993. From the back cover: “In [this book] you will meet scientists who evolved into Wall Street analysts, science policy gurus, patent agents, journalists, consultants…. Each chapter covers a different career track and includes: Basic job description, qualifications, responsibilities, and expectations; Typical day scenario; Why a graduate degree in science gives you an edge; Outlines skills important to career track – creative, critical, computer, interpersonal; Training phases and requirements; Existing steps in the promotion ladder and salary ranges; Career opportunities stemming from each position.”
Great Jobs for Biology Majors . Camenson, Blythe. Chicago: VGM Career Horizons, 1999.
Great Jobs for Chemistry Majors. Rowh, Mark. Chicago: VGM Career Horizons, 1999.
From the back cover: “Get on the right path now for a satisfying and rewarding career by learning to match your skills and interests with exciting employment opportunities. The range of options will surprise you, and the choices are yours: Assess your strengths and interests; Choose the ideal location; Establish your standard of living; Explore unusual career paths; Identify the best employers; Set a strategy for getting the job you want!”
Landing Your First Job: A Guide for Physics Students . Rigden, John S. College Park, MD: American Institute of Physics, 2002. Selections from the Table of Contents: “Steps to a Job. To Freshmen, Sophomores, and 1st-Year Grad Students: Laying the Foundation—Advanced Preparation for a Job Search; Remove One Burden and Relax…a Bit; Networking I; Plan Now to Set Yourself Apart; Action Points I. The First-Time Job Seeker—Self Assessment; Skills; Work-related Values Test; Intellectual and Professional Assets for the Workplace. Resources for the Job Hunter—Employment Data; Physics-Related Professional Societies Employment Support. The Search—Getting Started; Researching Your Potential Employer. Cover Letters—Format; Tips On Writing; Samples. The Resume and the Curriculum Vitae—Format; Writing Tips; Curriculum Vitae; Action Verbs; Samples. The Interview. Negotiating Compensation—Starting Salary; Salary Increases; The Five Keys to Salary Negotiation; Benefits. After an Offer is Accepted.”
Opportunities in Clinical Laboratory Science Careers . Karni, Karen. Chicago: VGM Career Books, 2002. From the back cover: “In [this book], you’ll find: Descriptions of the personal attributes, skills, and qualifications necessary to excel as a clinical laboratory scientist; Tips on applying to and obtaining financial aid from schools, colleges, and universities; Helpful contact information for agencies and organizations related to the field; Information about on-the-job activities of clinical laboratory scientists in a range of workplace environments, including the armed forces and overseas.” Bibliography and appendix.
Peterson’s Job Opportunities: Engineering and Computer Science . Canada: Peterson’s, 2000. From the back cover: “Tap into top full-time, part-time, and temporary jobs with major U.S. companies and selected government agencies. Get vital contact information, overviews, company URLs, helpful indexes, and much more, including: Job search strategies; Interview questions; Resume and cover letter advice; Articles by industry leaders; Trends in engineering and computer science; Last-minute tips and checklists. It’s the essential job search tool for anyone switching jobs or finding a first in the fields of engineering & computer sciences.”
Top 100 Computer and Technical Careers: Your Complete Guidebook to Major Jobs in Many Fields at All Training Levels. Farr, Michael. Indianapolis: JIST Works, 2007. From the back cover: “This book describes top computer and technical jobs—including some that you may not have considered. Whether you’re exploring career or education options, looking for a job, or advancing in your career, you’ll find useful information on top computer and technical careers in this one time-saving book. Get everything you need to learn about and land a technical job; Easily match yourself with the right career; Obtain authoritative details on top computer and technical jobs; slash job search time in half with the Quick Job Search.” Directory of jobs with sections: Significant Points, Nature of the Work, Working Conditions, Training, Other Qualifications and Advancement, Employment, Job Outlook, Earnings, and Related Occupations. Includes worksheets, current trends section, and index.
The WetFeet Insider Guide to Careers in Biotech & Pharmaceuticals . San Francisco: Wet Feet, Inc., 2004. From the table of contents: “The Industry at a Glance. The Industry—Overview, The bottom line, Industry Breakdown; Industry Position; Industry Trends; Industry-Speak; The Drug Development Cycle: A Case Study. The Companies. On the Job—Science Jobs; Engineering Jobs; Sales Jobs; Other Specialties; Real People Profiles. The Workplace—Lifestyle; Culture; Diversity; Hours; Travel; Vacations; Compensation; Insider Scoop. Getting Hired—The Recruiting Process; Interviewing Tips; Getting Grilled; Grilling Your Interviewer. For Your Reference—Books, Online Resources.”
Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You . Sternberg, Robert J., ed. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2007. From the back cover: “…A guide for anyone contemplating a career in psychology: students, recent graduates, career-changers, or psychologists seeking new challenges. In this book, psychologists who have achieved great success in a variety of areas discuss their work: what got them into it, what they like and don’t like about it, and what a typical work week is like in their chosen specialty…. Among the careers discussed in these pages are the following: School psychology; Consulting psychology; Industrial/organizational psychology; Counseling psychology; Clinical psychology in hospitals; Military psychology; Public service; Psychology in academic careers; Health psychology; Psychology in managed care... additional chapters on careers in medical schools, administration, child psychology, neuropsychology, and the government.”
Majoring in Psych? Career Options for Psychology Undergraduates . Morgan, Betsy L. and Ann J. Korschgen. Boston: Pearson, 2006. From the back cover: “So you’ve decided to major in psychology—or maybe you haven’t decided yet. Spending some time and energy now thinking about what you want to de early in your college career can have enormous payoffs once you graduate. This guide will help you lay out some of the questions and answers involved in planning a career with a psychology degree. While this book was designed with psychology majors in mind, almost all of it is applicable to other social science majors as well. It’s meant for the majority of you who will NOT go to graduate school and who will define the answer to the question, ‘What can you do with a psychology degree?’”