QEM Internships for Students


Talent Development and Innovation in Sciences (TDIS) Summer Internship

Talent Development and Innovation in Sciences (TDIS) Summer Internship

TDIS Summer Internship is designed to complement students’ academic learning with rich summer experiences that are designed to develop them professionally and instill in them an appreciation for innovation in STEM-related programs, NSF-funded projects, and STEM careers.  The internship also will increase students’ awareness of the circumstances that prevent minority students from receiving a quality STEM education; as well as provide them opportunities to conduct research to become familiar with NSF programs and strategies to address issues related to under-representation in STEM. The interns will participate in activities that further develop their personal and leadership skills and increase their awareness of policies and legislation that have an impact on STEM education, in general, and for under-served communities in particular.  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. 

To be eligible for the TDIS internship, applicants 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. 



Applications Open January 12, 2018

The application deadline is February 23, 2018

Decision notification date is March 30, 2018.

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUP) Science Education-Focused Summer Internship

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.  When possible, QEM may provide externship opportunities at other agencies to enhance the interns' 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. 

QEM is currently not accepting applications for our TCUP Internships.  Please check back later for updates.