Summer Opportunities Overview
There are numerous opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research during the summer. It is a great time to get involved with research at UCF because students often have more time to work on research projects. It is also a great time to leave UCF to be a part of summer research programs at other universities and institutes. Use the subnavigation specific to your discipline to explore the many opportunities throughout the United States and the world.
The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts workshops on Summer Off-Campus Research Experiences. Visit the Summer Opportunities Workshops page for more information.
The following summarizes the various programs available to undergraduates:
Starting and Ending Dates: Most programs begin in June and go through the end of July/early August.
- Several programs in California begin later in the summer, and may conflict with UCF’s fall semester.
- A few institutions have a program of a set length (e.g. 10 weeks), but accommodate the accepted student’s schedule as to when it begins and ends.
- Some companies and organizations have continuous opportunities; it is a good idea to keep checking those sites.
Average Length: Summer programs tend to be 8-12 weeks in length.
- Opportunities can be as short as 7 – 10 days.
- There are also programs available for fall or spring semesters.
Application Deadlines: Most applications become available in November and December, and are due between November and March, with a concentration of due dates in February.
- Note: Programs have deadlines throughout the year, so review each program separately.
Funds offered: Most programs offer a stipend in the range of $2500 to $5000.
- Typically, larger awards are expected to cover room and board, though many programs cover those costs in addition to travel to and from the program location.
- Some programs offer unpaid internships for credit at the student’s university, while some research institutes hire students as hourly employees instead of paying a stipend.
Typical application composition: Most opportunities offer an application form online, either to be submitted electronically, or to be mailed in with an application packet.
Applications tend to require:
- Relevant academic and research experience
- A personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- Current resume
- Government-related opportunities tend to ask for a copy of the birth certificate or some other proof of citizenship