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Smithsonian Research Experiences for Undergraduates Internships

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The National Science Foundation funds a number of research opportunities for undergraduates through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The Smithsonian Institution supports six REU Sites at various museums and research centers around the world. Exciting research internships are offered in a range of fields including biology, ecology, environmental science, paleontology, archaeology, astrophysics, and museum conservation science.

All REU programs accept interns for the summer months and offer stipend support; some offer room and board. Interns must be currently enrolled undergraduates. Interns in the REU programs must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, although some programs offer concurrent support for non-U.S. citizens. Everyone is encouraged to apply!

Please visit each REU program’s individual website for specific information about the program, application instructions, deadlines, and requirements.

REU Sites:

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Integrative Tropical Biology (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama)











Archaeological and Museum Conservation Science (Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, Suitland, MD)


















SERC Internship Program in Environmental Studies (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MD)














Natural History Research Experiences (NHRE) (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC)










CfA HEA/SSP Solar Summer Intern Program (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, MA)












SAO Astronomy Summer Intern Program (Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, MA)