QEM/NSF Talent Development and Innovation in Sciences
Summer Internship


Applicants  for internships  must meet each of the following  eligibility  conditions:

  1. Must be a citizen or national  of the United States. (Note: A “national  of the United States” is a citizen of the United States or a  native resident  of  apossession  of  the  United  States such  as  Guam  or  American Samoa.  It does  not refer  to a citizen  of another  country who is a U.S. permanent resident. U.S. permanent residents are not eligible  for  the  Science Student Internship.)
  2. Must be a currently enrolled student and have  successfully  completed  at  least  the sophomore  year at an accredited,  degree-granting  institution  by the start of the program.
  3. Must be majoring in one of the following fields: mathematics, science (life or  physical sciences, computer science, behavioral sciences,  or social  sciences),  technology,  or engineering.
  4. Must be returning to a degree-granting  institution  the following  academic  year,  either  at the undergraduate or graduate  level.   (Note: Graduating seniors must  be  already admitted to  and planning to enter graduate school in the fall in order to be eligible.)
  5. Must  have  a  significant  interest  in  raising  the  level  of  awareness  about:   the circumstances that prevent minority communities from receiving a  quality  education; programs and strategies being implemented to address these issues; and policies and legislation  that have an impact on STEM education.
  6. Must be committed  to participating  in the programfor the full ten-weekperiod.
  7. Must be willing to participate in a telephone/video interview if chosen as a finalist.

To be competitive, applicants should have  an  overall  grade  point  average  of  at  least  a “B”  and  a grade point average in their major field of at least a “B.”


  1. One round-trip ticket (air, bus, train) will be provided between home or school and Washington, DC.
  2. Taxable stipends will be available for full-time participation in the entire ten-week program. Undergraduate students will receive taxable stipends of $4,000 and graduate students at NSF will receive taxable stipends of $5,000.
  3. Shared summer housing will be provided for all interns who are not from the Washington, DC metropolitan  area. The provision of housing is viewed by the IRS as income and is, therefore, taxable.
  4. In keeping with federal regulations, FICA taxes will be deducted from both stipends and campus housing costs.
  5. Allowances for ground transportation and local travel will be provided.

Application Process

Applicants must provide the following documents:

  1. A completed Internship Application Form
  2. A current resume that includes any volunteer/service-learning activities and research experiences
  3. A current transcript (an unofficial photocopy is acceptable). Graduate student applicants also must submit a copy of their undergraduate transcript.
  4. A 500-word, double-spaced, typed essay describing:
    1. Career objectives
    2. How participation in the internship will add to your personal and academic development
    3. A particular challenge you faced/are facing and how you overcame/are overcoming it
  5. Two recommendations  with supporting narratives (one recommendation must be from a faculty member in the applicant’s major department) must be included in your application.

The completed application and recommendation forms, transcript, essay, and a resume must be submitted through our online application form to the QEM Network before Friday, February 23, 2018. Transcripts may be mailed separately, if necessary, but also must be postmarked by the deadline date.