Application Process



January 8 - February 16: First priority applications accepted online
February 19 - March 23: First priority applications reviewed. Certain candidates/references may be contacted to participate in telephone interviews.
May - September: SCEC/SURE program. Interns participate for 8-10 consecutive weeks in this time frame, with specifics dependent upon mentor and project.
June 11 - August 3: SCEC/USEIT 8 week program.
September 9 - 12: SCEC Annual Meeting

Acceptances to the SCEC Internship Program will be sent after February 19 (the priority application deadline). After February 19, applications will still be accepted until all remaining spots are filled. If you are offered a SCEC internship, you will have up to 1 week to confirm and accept the appointment. Please make sure you have provided an email address that you check at least once per day.

Each year, over 200 students apply to SURE and/or USEIT. Of these:

  • 15-26 students are accepted in USEIT
  • 3-10 students are accepted in SURE, depending on availability of project funding and suitable students

Every application is reviewed by a committee composed of SCEC staff, scientists, and internship alumni. Applications are rated for suitability to both the SURE and USEIT internship programs. Even if you did not apply to a particular program, we may rate you as a good candidate for it!

For every SURE project, 3-10 candidates are selected as finalists. Some candidates may become finalists on more than one project. The project mentor then reviews the applications and ranks them. We make an offer to the candidate who is ranked most highly by the mentor. The next 1-3 candidates become alternates.

For USEIT, 15-40 students are selected as finalists. Then, the finalists are ranked a second time, based on our need to bring a diverse mix of talents and knowledge onto each USEIT team. The top 15-25 students receive offers. The remainder are designated alternates.

If you are an alternate, don’t give up. There are several ways that an alternate can wind up getting an offer:

  • when a candidate receives an offer, he/she has one week to decide whether to accept. If the candidate declines, an alternate gets an offer
  • sometimes additional funding materializes and we can make additional offers
  • successful USEIT interns who want to return to USEIT have places reserved for them until later in the spring; sometimes they relinquish these places and an alternate then gets an offer


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