APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

Application Deadline: February 15

The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor a research internship program for undergraduate women. The goal is to encourage women students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering.


Michelle Liu IBM intern

Michelle Liu
2012 APS/IBM Intern

Michelle Liu worked on "Structure-Property Relationships of Antifouling Coatings Grafted to Ultrafiltration Membranes".

The internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long at one of three IBM research locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY), and give the opportunity to work closely with an IBM mentor. The Watson lab has a full range of research, as does the Almaden lab, and the Austin lab focuses on software and systems. Research areas of the internship are individually chosen so as to optimize the match between the skills and interests of the student, and the ongoing research programs of the laboratory. Information about the sites and their research may be found at:
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The starting and ending dates are chosen so as not to conflict with the student's school schedule. Assistance in finding and renting housing will be provided.

Summer applications are due February 15. Selection notifications are sent out in early April.
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  • Must be female with sophomore or junior standing at a U.S. college or university at the time of application
  • Must be majoring in chemistry, physics, materials science or engineering, computer science or engineering, chemical, electrical, mechanical engineering, or biology, if it has an emphasis on one of the other areas listed
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • No citizenship restriction.

Selection Procedure

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee at IBM/Almaden and selected based on their commitment to and interest in their major field of study.  

Application Procedure

The application process consists of an online application, which is submitted through an IBM server; two letters of recommendation, which are to be emailed directly from the recommenders to the internship chair; and an official transcript, which, if possible, is emailed to the internship chair from the registrar's officer, or if that is not possible is submitted to IBM via postal mail.
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Elisa Yang"This challenging but rewarding internship not only gave me a chance to participate in real scientific research, but also let me experience the daily work of researchers. Doing research with the staff members and graduate students at IBM has brought me new insights on not only the new physics, but also how they come up with research ideas, how to deal with specific problems while doing the experiment, and how to capture a phenomenon and interpret it with physical meanings."

Elisa Yang
Bryn Mawr College and 2014
APS/IBM intern working at IBM Almaden

Alysha Thomas "I have been having a fantastic summer, and am sorry to see it coming to an end.  Time flies!  My project was extremely interesting.  I ended up working on an advanced process development for the patterning and metallization of photovoltaic cell grids.  I was able to optimize the process, but there are still a few lingering issues.  I made some suggestions which I think will lead to better results."

Alysha Thomas
University of Notre Dame and 2012
APS/IBM intern working at IBM Watson