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CS Summer Program: How to Apply

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Summer research with Berkeley Lab's Computing Sciences Area offers a unique opportunity to enhance professional development and open new doors to connections with peers and colleagues.

There are several different paths to a summer research position with the Computing Sciences Area at Berkeley Lab, including the following:

Each program has a separate application process with different deadlines. Please review the requirements for each type of hire carefully before applying.

Berkeley Lab Direct Hire

The Computing Sciences Area typically begins accepting applications for direct-hire positions in November for the following summer. Students are encouraged to apply early. Applications for the CS Summer Student program are accepted via Berkeley Lab's Careers page. (Submit an online application for the Summer 2022 program.) Hiring decisions are usually made by the March to April timeframe.

Due to our program’s high level of interest, we can only accept online applications. Some of the information required includes the following:

  • Skills and relevant experience
  • Interest in the program
  • Educational background
  • References

Please note: Students may also apply concurrently through the SULI or CCI programs. (Continue reading for more information pertinent to Berkeley Lab’s participation in these programs.)

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program (SULI)

The U.S. Department of Energy’s SULI, or Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program encourages undergraduates from two- and four-year colleges, post-baccalaureates, and graduate students to pursue STEM careers by providing research internships at one of 17 DOE National Laboratories.

Applications are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internships last ten weeks during the summer term (May through August) or 16 weeks during the fall (August through December) and spring (January through May) terms.

The DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) sponsors and manages the program in collaboration with DOE National Laboratories. All areas of Berkeley Lab, including the Computing Sciences Area, accept placements.

Community College Internship Program

CCI, or Community College Internship program, encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission by providing 10-week internships at one of 15 DOE laboratories.

Interns work on technologies, instrumentation projects, or major research facilities related to DOE’s ongoing research and development programs under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers.

The CCI program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE National Laboratories.

Applications for the CCI program are solicited annually for the 10-week summer, fall, and spring terms. The fall and spring terms also offer a 16-week flexible schedule option.

Faculty-Student Teams or Unaccompanied Students

Sustainable Research Pathways (SRP) is a Computing Sciences program designed to bring professor-and-student teams as well as unaccompanied undergraduate and graduate students to the lab to work on research projects. The program, developed in conjunction with Sustainable Horizons Institute, builds research collaborations and expands opportunities for emerging scientists. The faculty track consists of professor-and-student teams. Students may also apply without faculty member teammates vai a newly added student track.

In early December, Computing Sciences sponsors a workshop to recruit participants for the following summer.

The December workshop is designed for faculty and students from a variety of institutions, including minority serving Institutions (MSI) and women’s and community colleges serving students from under-represented or underprivileged backgrounds. At the workshop, faculty teams and unaccompanied students explore synergies between their own research and that of Berkeley Laboratory Staff. Matched participants conduct collaborative summer research at the Berkeley Laboratory.

“Our goal is to make connections with faculty we might not otherwise connect with and to contribute to our diversity,” said Applied Mathematics and Computational Research Division Director David Brown. Brown worked with Dr. Mary Ann Leung of the Sustainable Horizons Institute to develop the program.


About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

High performance computing plays a critical role in scientific discovery, and researchers increasingly rely on advances in computer science, mathematics, computational science, data science, and large-scale computing and networking to increase our understanding of ourselves, our planet, and our universe. Berkeley Lab’s Computing Sciences Area researches, develops, and deploys new foundations, tools, and technologies to meet these needs and to advance research across a broad range of scientific disciplines.

Founded in 1931 on the belief that the biggest scientific challenges are best addressed by teams, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and its scientists have been recognized with 13 Nobel Prizes. Today, Berkeley Lab researchers develop sustainable energy and environmental solutions, create useful new materials, advance the frontiers of computing, and probe the mysteries of life, matter, and the universe. Scientists from around the world rely on the Lab’s facilities for their own discovery science. Berkeley Lab is a multiprogram national laboratory, managed by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit energy.gov/science.