The general rule is that you follow the application procedure of the host organization. In the case of the external hosts listed on this page, this means that you do not fill out a SURF application, but you complete the process indicated by the host in their program description. In some cases, a host will indicate a need for institutional information. In such cases, contact the Science Center Director’s Office for help (

Beware! All these opportunities have a deadline defined by the host organization, i.e. DIFFERENT FROM SURF DEADLINE. Generally the deadline is EARLIER, in some cases much earlier.

4CBCFlyers we receive presenting student summer research opportunities are posted on the first floor of Burton by Burton 101.

As part of an NSF funded four college biomathematics collaboration (4CBC), Smith students can obtain summer research stipends for research at Smith, Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges. You fill out the online application form, found at

Active research projects can be found at If you see research of interest to you, contact the faculty member directly and work with them to complete your application form. You MUST have approval from the faculty research mentors BEFORE you apply. Questions should be directed to Denise Lello at

Deadline for applications for summer research funding is aproximately March 1. (Deadline to be confirmed.)

Special Smith College External Relationships

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory encourages undergraduate and graduate students who meet the criteria noted below to apply for summer employment opportunities at our suburban Boston location. In addition to our competitive compensation, you may be eligible for fully paid round-trip travel to Boston for the summer, a subsidy for on-campus housing, free daily transportation to MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and an array of athletic and cultural facilities on the MIT campus and throughout the Boston area. See more info here:

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) has a popular Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program in either Gaithersburg or Boulder. NIST has readily accepted Smith students in the past. More info here:, or, or call 310 975 4200. If you are interested in this program, let us know right away by sending us an email at

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute provides undergarduates a 10-week research experience at its VA Biomedical Research Center. There is a competitive application process.

Summer Internship at the Smithsonian Institution
The Botanic Garden of Smith College is currently offering a summer internship at the National Museum of Natural History, part of the Smithsonian Institution, under the supervision of Dr. W. John Kress, chair of the Botany Department. Projects may include working on computer plant identification systems and the ecological and evolutionary relationships between heliconias and hummingbirds. The internship involves field, lab, and herbarium work. All expenses are covered through donations by a private individual. For more information and to apply see:

Summer Internship at The Royal Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden offers two 10-week summer internships at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London. Two Smith College students are chosen to work in molecular biology and conservation genetics. Both learn state-of-the-art scientific techniques and meet noted scientists from around the world. Students have the opportunity to be co-authors on scientific publications resulting from their research. The Smith Kew interns receive funding from the Muriel Kohn Pokross (Class of 1934) Student Traveling Fellowship Fund. For more information and to apply see:   PLEASE NOTE: Due to funding cuts, this program is not accepting applications for 2014. Applications will be accepted for 2015.

Other External Summer Opportunities


Amgen representatives have visited Smith College this year. They have extended a broad invitation for Smith Students to participate in their Amgen Scholars Program.

Other Opportunities

Great overview of summer research opportunities for Neuroscience students:

During the summer of 2013, the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network hosted a Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NNIN REU) from June through August. Engineering and science students with broad interests across disciplines focusing on nanotechnology are eligible to apply. Minority and female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Cornell has a program available to Smith students:

Westminster internships:

University of Connecticut Research Opportunities:

If your interest is in biology or neuroscience, Amherst College has a web page with a great collection of links to undergraduate summer research opportunities all over the country:

National Science Foundation has an extensive online database of “Research Experiences for Undergraduates” (REU) at:

Student Research Opportunities, Council on Undergraduate Research: