Summer Opportunities: Intern Programs for Undergraduates

Lamont-Doherty Summer Intern Program Group Photo

The Lamont-Doherty summer intern programs offer undergraduates the chance to experience cutting-edge scientific research.

Our Lamont Summer Intern Program is for undergraduates from U.S. colleges and universities. Our Earth Intern Program is for Columbia and Barnard undergraduates.

The application period is typically in January/February, and the programs run early June through early August.

During this experience, interns get to try on research science careers, achieve a level of comfort on a top-level research campus, and establish close personal relationships with mentors who are successful professional scientists. Students work in our lively interdisciplinary research and education communities and are individually mentored by at least one of our scientists over 10 weeks each summer. 

The goals of the program are for students to learn through their own experience what research is like so they can explore research careers; develop self-confidence in their independent research, communication abilities, and scientific identities; and form lasting professional relationships with scientists. 

Research projects are in all areas of Earth, atmospheric, oceanic, and environmental sciences, and follow the diverse disciplinary interests of the students.

2022 program dates: June 1-August 2, 2022

Notice: Application must be received by Feb 23, 2022.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Ocean and Earth Sciences REU Sites Program

REU Site at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Interdisciplinary Cutting-Edge Research though the Analysis of Global Data

This REU site at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has offered internships for more than two decades. Funding is provided by the US National Science Foundation (Arlington, Virginia) and is contingent upon their continued support.

The Lamont-Doherty contacts for the REU are Dr. Dallas Abbott (845-596-1131) and Dr. Michael Kaplan; please direct all questions to them. The NSF contact for the REU Site program is Program Manager Dr. Lisa Rom (703-292-7709). NSF does not handle REU applications; please contact each REU site directly for application information.

The Lamont-Doherty Summer Intern Program offers the chance to experience scientific research as an undergraduate. The program is open to US citizens or permanent residents who have completed their junior or sophomore year in college or community college with majors in earth science, environmental science, chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, or engineering. Neither graduating seniors nor international students are eligible for this internship. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

If possible, the internship will be held in-person at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University’s Earth and Environmental Science campus in Palisades New York, with students being housed in a nearby college dormitory.  However, should the Covid-19 Pandemic prevent an in-person program, it will be held remotely, following the model of the very successful 2020 and 2021 remote programs.

Applicants should have an interest in conducting research in the Earth, Ocean, Atmospheric, and Environmental Sciences. Two previous college-level courses in one or more of these areas are desirable if they are available to the student. All students are preferred to have at least one year of calculus (high school or college) and/or good grades in college level mathematics. Students choosing research in geochemistry and chemical oceanography should have at least two semesters of college-level chemistry; in marine biology at least two semesters of college-level biology; and in geophysics should have at least two semesters of college-level physics. However, exceptions may be made in cases where the applicant’s college does not offer appropriate courses.

The program features:

  • A hands-on research project under the supervision of a Columbia-affiliated scientist;
  • Opportunities to discuss science with both experts and peers;
  • Training in data analysis techniques, using software environments such as GeoMapApp, R, Matlab, and Python;
  • Training in lab safety, professional ethics, and career opportunities;
  • Special lectures, workshops, and field trips;
  • Free housing in a Dominican college dormitory;
  • Ten-week stipend of $6000.

For more information and to view the listing of advisors and projects, review these documents completely before filling out the application:

In order to be able to access and complete the online application form properly, you need to have:

  • The latest version of Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari as your browser (STRONGLY recommended).
  • Javascript and Cookies turned on in your browser. Normally, these are on by default.
  • Your resume completed and saved as a PDF file.
  • Your top three choices for advisor. You will be asked to specify them in the application.

If you have trouble with the above requirements, please contact the webmaster.

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Earth Intern Program for Columbia University and Barnard Undergraduates

2022 program dates: June 1-August 3, 2022

Notice: Application must be received by Feb 23rd, 2022.

Sponsored by the Earth Institute, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Barnard College, Columbia College, and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University

The Earth Intern Program offers the chance to experience scientific research as an undergraduate. The program is open to all Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, and Barnard College students who have completed their junior or sophomore year in college with majors (or anticipated majors) in earth science, environmental science, chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, engineering, sustainable development, or political science. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should have an interest in conducting research in the Earth, atmospheric, or ocean sciences. Completion of at least two courses in Earth, atmospheric, or ocean sciences is desirable. All students are preferred to have at least one year of calculus (high school or college) and/or good grades in college-level mathematics. Students undertaking research in geochemistry and chemical oceanography are required to have at least two semesters of college-level chemistry. Students undertaking research in marine biology are required to have at least two semesters of college-level biology. Students undertaking research in geophysics should have at least three semesters of college-level physics.

The program features:

  • A hands-on research project under the supervision of a Columbia-affiliated scientist;
  • Special lectures, workshops, and field trips;
  • Free housing in a Domincan College dormitory;
  • Ten-week stipend of $6000.

For more information and to view the listing of advisors and projects, review these documents completely before filling out the application:

In order to be able to access and complete the online application form properly, you need to have

  • The latest version of Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari as your browser (STRONGLY recommended).
  • Javascript and Cookies turned on in your browser. Normally, these are on by default.
  • Your resume completed and saved as a PDF file.
  • Your top three choices for advisor. You will be asked to specify them in the application.

If you have trouble with the above requirements, please contact the webmaster.

APPLY NOW