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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. 

2019 Computing Sciences Summer Student Program Application

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 underprivileged 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.

About Computing Sciences at Berkeley Lab

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Computing Sciences organization provides the computing and networking resources and expertise critical to advancing the Department of Energy's research missions: developing new energy sources, improving energy efficiency, developing new materials and increasing our understanding of ourselves, our world and our universe.

ESnet, the Energy Sciences Network, provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at 40 DOE research sites to each other and to experimental facilities and supercomputing centers around the country. The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) powers the discoveries of 7,000-plus scientists at national laboratories and universities, including those at Berkeley Lab's Computational Research Division (CRD). CRD conducts research and development in mathematical modeling and simulation, algorithm design, data storage, management and analysis, computer system architecture and high-performance software implementation. NERSC and ESnet are Department of Energy Office of Science User Facilities.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the DOE’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 science.energy.gov.