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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.

About the Program

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.

How and When to Apply Directly

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. Applications for the 2018 Summer Program are now closed.

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.

Other Ways to Apply

Sustainable Research Pathways (SRP) is a Computing Sciences program designed to bring professor-and-student teams 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. In early December, Computing Sciences sponsors a workshop to begin recruiting participants for the following summer.

The December workshop is designed for faculty from a variety of institutions, including Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and women’s and community colleges serving students from under-represented or under-privileged backgrounds. At the workshop, faculty will explore synergies between their own research and those of Berkeley Laboratory Staff. Matched participants, along with their proposed student research teams 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 Computational Research Division Director David Brown, who worked with Dr. Mary Ann Leung of the Sustainable Horizons Institute to develop the program, now in its fourth year. Read about one team’s experience.

The SULI, or Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program, is a Department of Energy program to encourage undergraduates from two- and four-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 have completed at least one semester at the time of application. Applicants also must have completed at least six 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.