Student Internships in the HPC industry

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The European Organization for Nuclear Research, aka CERN, has a wonderful summer school, and provides local support for eight and 12-week schools. Students must fund their own flight, or find external support; no stipend is offered (but all meals, etc. are covered). Read about Badisa Mosesane’s (U-Botswana) experience in 2017. Apply by January 28 for Summer 2018!

The University of Michigan – CERN Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (UM-CERN REU) provides a stipend, per diem, and travel for selected students (this might be more appealing to students who need the stipend).

Michigan State University offers a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) program called “Advanced Computational Research Experiences for Students,” or ACRES. It’s a paid, 10-week summer research experience in computational and data science that focuses on the development and enhancement of algorithms, models and software for applications in research areas that require HPC. Summer 2018 programs include: computational chemistry, computational biology, biomechanics, computational physics, astrophysics, computational mathematics, machine learning, materials science, earth science (seismology) and neuroscience. Apply by Feb. 16.

National Center for Atmospheric Research “SIParCS” – is a paid summer internship program for undergrad and grad scholars. Interns receive a stipend plus housing support (this could change from year-to-year, project-to-project).  Interns engage with a variety of tasks: most involve programming and statistics, but some would interest a future HPC sysadmin. Apply by January 19.

National Science Foundation REU site database; search for “high performance computing.”

National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA):

NCSA: Cyberinfrastructure Professional Intern Program (CIP).

NCSA: The INCLUSION (Incubating a New Community of Leaders Using Software, Inclusion, Innovation, Interdisciplinary and OpeN-Science) program is a ten-week software-in-research training experience conducted at the University of Illinois campus in Urbana, Illinois-U.S. INCLUSION participants are guided by pairs of mentors, and work with open-source software to develop socially-impactful solutions.

Notre Dame University has two computation-centric NSF funded REU summer internship programs. Applications received by Feb. 5 will be given first consideration. It should be noted that paid opportunities for computational social scientists are harder to come by than paid internships for students in the physical sciences. 

South Dakota State University REU Summer 2018 Internship for undergrads; apply by Feb. 28.

University of Virginia hosts a summer programming school and internship program sponsored by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Advanced Computing for Earth Sciences.  It is open to upper-division undergraduates as well as graduate students. Apply by March 1 for Summer 2018 internships.

XSEDE Empower is for undergrad students at US universities who participate in a three-tiered, progressive internship experience (learner, apprentice, and intern). Students must be matched with a professional mentor who works for an XSEDE institution. Stipends are granted that vary in size depending on the number of hours committed.