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The Application Period for 2018 Internships will open January 2018

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Acceptances to the SCEC Internship Program will be sent after February 24 (the priority application deadline). After February 24, 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. We receive many applications and it takes time to review all candidates. Once all of the available spots for the program have been filled you will receive a message that the program acceptance process has ended.

Each year, approximately 150 students apply to SURE and/or USEIT. Of these:

  • 15-26 students are accepted in USEIT;
  • 3-30 students are accepted in SURE, depending on availability of project funding and suitable students.

Our overriding goal is to provide excellent research experiences to as many promising applicants as possible. If our selection process seems lengthy and complicated, it is due to that overriding goal. We hate turning away promising researchers!

Every application is reviewed by a small 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, 3-8 candidates are selected as finalists. Some candidates may become finalists on more than one project. The project mentor then reviews the applications and ranks those 3-8 candidates. We make an offer to the candidate who is ranked most highly by the mentor. The next 1-3 candidates become alternates.

You will only receive one offer from us, but we put our alternates on a waiting list for as many projects as is reasonable.

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 15-20 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.