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Summer Student & Faculty Employment in Computing Sciences

Every summer, the Computing Sciences organization hires dozens of undergrad and graduate students, as well as faculty-student teams, to work with our scientists and engineers in address challenges in scientific computing and networking.

Students majoring in computational science, computer science, mathematics and related science and engineering fields are encourage to contact us and apply for summer research positions. Participants will work on projects in computational research, high performance computing, high speed networking or a collaboration of each, under the guidance of one or more staff members. Berkeley Lab, located in Berkeley, California, is a world leader in computing, biological, physical, materials, chemical, and energy sciences research.

Ways to apply

The Computing Sciences Summer Student Program offers a 12-week research program that gives students the opportunity to gain research experience. In summers past, students at Berkeley Lab have worked in such project areas as the following:

  • Analysis and solution of network and system-related software problems
  • Web-based clients for remote visualization
  • Numerical algorithms for nanoscience
  • Parallel scientific code templates
  • System administration and programming graphical user interface for generating authorization policy for an information sharing system
  • Scientific computing tools

Projects are designed so that students will complete a major portion of the work during the 10-12-week period. This program is geared toward students between their junior and senior years who have completed core courses in Computer Science, Mathematics, and related areas of study or graduate students in any computer and computational science discipline. The exact starting date is at the mutual convenience of the students and the needs of the program.

We begin accepting applications in October for the following summer, so students are encouraged to apply early. Hiring decisions are usually made by March-April. Due to the high level of interest in our program, only online applications are accepted. Apply for the 2018 Summer program.

Complete an online profile, and please provide the following information:

  • Your skills and relevant experience
  • Your interest in the program
  • Educational information
  • References (name, contact information, relationship to you)

You will be contacted only if you are being considered for selection for this program. We hope to hear from you soon!

NOTE: You may choose to apply to specific projects in which you're interested. This is not required to apply for the program.

Sustainable Career Pathways is a Computing Sciences program to bring professor-and-student teams to the lab to work on research projects. The program, developed in conjunction with which brings faculty members and students to national labs to work on research problems. In early December, Computing Sciences sponsors a workshop to begin recruiting participants for the following summer.

“Our goal is to make connections with faculty we might not otherwise connect with and to contribute to our diversity,” said CRD Director David Brown, who worked with Mary Ann Leung of the Sustainable Horizons Institute to develop the program, now in its second year. Read about one team’s experience.

Person-to-person contact: Berkeley Lab is home to more than 3,000 scientists, engineers and operations staff. Students should ask their professors and advisors if they know anyone who works at the lab, or knows someone who knows someone. Many summer internships are arranged through such connections.

The SULI, or Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program, is a Department of Energy program to encourage undergraduates from 2- and 4-year colleges to pursue STEM careers by providing research internships at one of 16 DOE national laboratories. SULI provides internships in the summer, fall and spring. Placements are made in all areas of Berkeley Lab, including Computing Sciences.  Visit the Berkeley Lab SULI page for more information.

CCI, or Community College Internship program, seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing 10-week internships at one of 15 DOE laboratories. Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at a community college or accredited two-year college and completed at least one semester at the time of applying. Applicants also must have completed at least 6 credit hours in science, mathematics, engineering, or technology course areas, and completed at least 12 credits hours towards a degree. Visit the Berkeley Lab CCI site for more information.