APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women
Application Deadline: February 1, 2015
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.
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:
Almaden Research Center
Watson Research Center
Austin Research Laboratory
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 1. Selection notifications are sent out in early April.
Important Details on the Application Process and Internship
- 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.
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.
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.
APS/IBM Internship Application Online Application