Gateways 2016 introduced undergraduate Joel Gonzalez-Santiago to the work of nanoHUB, presented by Lynn Zentner of Purdue University, and led to an internship.

Hands-on work experiences for undergraduate and graduate students

SGCI offers summer and year-round learning experiences through our internship programs. The internship program is open to students anywhere in the country. Check the Jobs section of our website for non-SGCI internship opportunities.

Learn more about SGCI's internship opportunities by reading these blog posts written by some of the students who worked as SGCI interns.

Gateway Development Internships

Our Workforce Development team offers internships for students interested in developing their gateway development skills. The internships are intended to provide hands-on experience and to provide a unique opportunity for student engagement with the community. 

Eligible applicants include graduate students majoring in computer science or computer engineering (or related fields) at any level and undergraduates majoring in computer science or computer engineering (or related fields) who have completed their junior year and who demonstrate strong programming and software engineering skills.

Students can use the internship experience to receive credit through their college or university if their institution has an independent study class or internship credit program. On the application form, students should indicate their intent to use the internship to satisfy requirements for university credits. The course/program number (if applicable) and description will be requested, and paperwork will need to be processed at the beginning and end of the internship.

"...I learned new skills to manage large projects. I also obtained rich experience in web developing in JavaScript/HTML/CSS and user-interface designs, which I had hardly had a chance to be exposed to. It’s really an exciting internship, and I have achieved more than I expected."
—Yuexi Chen, 2018 Intern

Summer Program

SGCI offers eight-week summer internships for students. Participants are placed at one of the seven universities that form the SGCI partnership, or a specific site may be suggested by an SGCI client, partner, or others who are interested in hosting a student intern. 

The application for summer 2020 internships has closed.

Academic-Year Program

SGCI offers the opportunity for students to work remotely with gateway development teams. Gateway development teams include, but are not limited to, current and past SGCI clients, partners, and affiliates. Students will be placed on development teams as a remote participant undertaking appropriate tasks as a part of real-world training.

Fall placements are conducted September through December of each year. Winter/spring placements are conducted January through April. 

See below for the academic-year application deadlines for students and hosts.

For Students

Summer Program

Participants receive a stipend, plus housing and transportation. Interns are encouraged to participate in the annual Gateways conference, where they will report on their internship experience. The application for the summer 2020 internships has closed.

Academic-Year Program

Students will receive an hourly salary/stipend (determined by the internship host, based on qualifications) for up to 20 hours per week of work. 

Apply now for the 2020-2021 Academic-Year Internship program. We will begin to review applications on July 6, 2020 (fall placements), and November 5, 2020 (winter/spring placements). The review process will continue on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.

For Intern Hosts

A quality intern can make real contributions to productivity by assisting your team with gateway development for specific domains or by speeding access to high-performance computing resources. More gateway projects are discovering the benefits of internship programs. Benefits include both increased productivity and enhanced perspective. There is no secret that each generation brings with it greater tech-savvy than the last and each brings its own unique social approaches. In addition, your internship placement provides an extra set of hands that can often help accomplish goals or finish projects while giving back to the community.

Intern hosts can suggest students for a placement or elect to have the SGCI Workforce Development team make recommendations. You are encouraged to interview students before final selections. 

Summer Program

SGCI has funds to support a limited number of students with a stipend, plus housing and transportation. In order to accommodate as many students as possible, full or partial funding through your site is requested.

The summer internship is intended to provide hands-on experience and to provide a unique opportunity for student engagement with the community. To that extent, the interns are encouraged to participate in SGCI's annual Gateways conference, where they will report on their internship experience. 

The summer 2020 hosting application has closed.

Academic-Year Program

Each host will be required to provide students with a salary or stipends based on qualifications. The suggested salary for interns is $15.00/hr (minimum) for 20 hrs/week.  Guidance on conducting remote internships will be provided to mentors by SGCI Workforce Development staff and technical support for the intern will be provided by SGCI technical/consulting staff.  

Hosts are required to submit a Request a Student Intern form to initiate placement of an intern during the academic year. We will begin to review all applications on July 6, 2020 (fall placements), and November 5, 2020 (winter/spring placements). The review process will continue on a rolling basis until all slots are filled. Apply now to host an academic-year intern

Usability Internships at Purdue University

Additionally, our Incubator offers internship positions for master’s-level students concentrating in usability and user experience design at Purdue University. This internship gives students based at Purdue the opportunity to conduct usability evaluations of gateway projects located anywhere in the US. Interns are hired and supervised by Dr. Paul Parsons, Assistant Professor in Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University. If you have questions, please email help@sciencegateways.org.