Moncrief Undergraduate Summer Internship Program FAQ

Who can apply for the internship?

For participation in the Summer 2020 program, students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution and be entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2020.

I am an international student. Can I apply for this internship?

If you are currently attending a U.S. institution and hold a valid F-1 visa, you may apply. 

Is research experience required?

No, research experience is not required.

What coursework/experience will help me succeed in the internship?

While not required, it has been noted by faculty and previous interns that the following coursework and/or experiences would be helpful for interns' success:

  • Basic numerical methods
  • Calculus
  • Differential equations
  • Finite elements courses
  • Functional analysis
  • LaTex
  • Linear algebra
  • Matlab
  • Programming (languages such as C, Fortran)
  • Scientific computing
  • Statistics

What are the dates of the internship?

The internship dates are June 1 - August 7, 2020 and roughly coincides with the University of Texas at Austin's summer semester schedule.

May I enroll in classes during the internship?

We prefer that interns do not take classes over the summer, however it may be allowed contingent upon approval from the supervising professor. Tuition assistance cannot be provided.

Is housing provided?

No, housing is not provided. Interns must make their own housing arrangements.

Will interns have access to the library and other campus services?

Summer interns will be provided with a University ID Card, library privileges, permission to purchase a temporary membership to RecSports and permission to apply for and purchase a Parking Permit.

Do students work in groups or alone with faculty?

Typically interns will be assigned to work within one of the Oden Institute's Research Centers or Groups. This will involve working with faculty, graduate students, and postdocs. Each intern may be assigned to a different Research Center/Group.

What is the deadline to apply?

The application deadline for the Summer 2020 program is February 3, 2020. All materials must be received in our office no later than this date to receive consideration.

What information should be included in the ‘Relevant Background’ section of the application?

Relevant background should include: coursework, previous summer internship positions, course projects in computational science and engineering (CSE) related courses, and previous jobs that include CSE research components. If there is a specific research center/group or faculty member you are interested in working with, you may indicate it here. You may submit this information in a separate document if you prefer.

Are transcripts required?

Yes, a copy of your official transcript is required. Please note - this is a COPY of your OFFICIAL transcript. Obtain your official transcript from your university. Scan it. Upload the scanned copy. Please do not submit copies of unofficial transcripts (such as those printed from your university's website).

How are intern selections made?

All applications are reviewed by the Internship Committee, which makes selections and assigns interns to a research group and supervising professor. If you are accepted, you will receive notification of which supervisor and research center/group you have been assigned to. You are strongly encouraged to contact your assigned supervisor prior to accepting the internship to ensure the proposed project topic/research area matches your interests.

How will students be notified of the committee’s decision?

All applicants will be notified via e-mail once selections have been made.

How many interns are selected each summer?

The number of internships awarded each year varies. In general, we anticipate awarding between 5 and 10 internships per year.

What have previous interns said were the most valuable aspects of the internship?

  • Learning how research is done in an academic setting
  • Engaging in self-guided learning
  • The experiences and connections gained by working closely with faculty
  • Working on a team
  • Getting a preview of graduate student life
  • Hands-on experience with applied computational algorithms
  • Learning about computational biomedical research
  • Learning to code in C and Matlab
  • The opportunity to attend talks given by visiting scholars

How should I submit the application materials?

Please use the Application Materials Uploader located at the bottom of the main Internship page.