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CS Summer Program: How to Apply

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 normally 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 the high level of interest in our program, only online applications are accepted. 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 are 10 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.

Placements are made in all areas of Berkeley Lab, including the Computing Sciences Area.

Community College Internship Program

CCI, or Community College Internship program, seeks to encourage 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’sOffice 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, brings faculty members and students to national labs to build research collaborations and expand opportunities for emerging scientists. The faculty track consists of professor-and-student teams while the student track was recently added for students who would like to apply without a faculty member.

In early December, Computing Sciences sponsors a workshop to begin recruiting 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 those of Berkeley Laboratory Staff. Matched participants conduct collaborative summer research at the Berkeley Laboratory.

 SRP 2021 Important Dates:

  • Applications open Tuesday, August 31, 2021
  • Applications due Friday, September 24, 2021

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