Summer Internship Programs and Student Jobs on Campus

Research assistantships with faculty

Working with faculty on their research programs can be done for pay as a work-study or non-work-study job, for credit through an independent study, or just for the experience.  While it's the best way to prepare for a senior thesis, it can also be a great opportunity at any time in your undergraduate career.  Work-study and non-workstudy jobs for students, including some research positions, are listed here: http://www.careercenter.ucsc.edu/ers/erspub/.  In addition, the UCSC Career Center has a website listing internship opportunitites: http://intern.ucsc.edu/internweb.html

Advice on approaching faculty directly about research work can be found on our "New and Prospective Student" page.

Reader Positions

During the school year, students are hired as readers to grade homework in physics courses.  Applications for reader positions are available in the Physics Office (ISB 211).  Good performance in the course in question—and in others—helps.


Summer Internships

Many organizations fund research opportunities for undergraduate students (National Science Foundation programs are called REUs-Research Experience for Undergraduates). The programs usually consist of a group of ten undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are given stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.

NSF REU Program

Summer Research Programs

(Source: Special thanks to the University of Iowa Physics Department for providing Summer Research Internship information and links found in this section.)


Washington, D.C. Internships

The UCDC program, administered by the Politics department, supports undergraduates in all majors looking for internship opportunties in Washington, DC.  Students take classes and intern at one of the many organizations and agencies in the Washington D.C. area while fully enrolled as UCSC students.  The cost for the quarter is comparable to a quarter on campus at UCSC (plus travel), and need-based scholarships are available to aid in the cost of airfare and additional living expenses.  Application materials are widely available throughout the campus during the months of October and March.   See http://politics.ucsc.edu/undergraduate/ucdc