Internships are short-term positions that offer practical, professional learning experiences in a field of interest. You can apply classroom knowledge to a real-world work environment and build new skills that can lead to a full-time position.
Research Experience for Undergrads (REU)
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) are programs that give students the opportunity to actively participate in research funded by the National Science Foundation at host institution. Students work closely with researchers and faculty on a research project to gain new knowledge and build skills.
Cooperative Education (Co-op)
Cooperative education opportunities (Co-ops) allow students to work full-time in a field related to their major for an extended period during the traditional school year. Students join a working team within the sponsoring organization. Co-op positions are typically paid.
Fellowships are funded, short-term opportunities focused on professional, academic, and/or personal development. Fellowships can last from a few weeks to a few years and are sponsored by a professional association, organization, institution, or government agency which sets the eligibility requirements.
A postdoctoral experience helps individuals who have received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) to engage temporarily in mentored, advanced training for a defined period to enhance professional skills and research independence needed to pursue a chosen career path. Postdoctoral opportunities exist at universities, industry companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.