Carnegie Mellon University

Remote Summer 2020 Opportunities for Undergraduates

Has the COVID-19 pandemic shifted your plans for this summer?

The Dietrich College and university community are offering undergraduate students a variety of options for pursuing coursework, research and internships remotely. In many cases, financial aid and/or funding is available to help you pursue your goals.

Contact your academic advisor in your primary major department with questions about these opportunities.

For-Credit Options

Summer Courses

Engage in summer coursework remotely. Financial aid is available.

Summer semester offers a great oppotunity to enroll in Carnegie Mellon’s innovative courses and programs in fine arts, business, engineering, technology, liberal arts, and more. Summer classes allow more flexibility to focus on studies outside the typical fast-paced campus environment, and more interactive learning with a smaller class size.

Undergraduate Summer Research (99-409)

This 1-unit tuition-free course allows undergraduate students from all fields to participate in research (including artistic/creative inquiry) under the direction of a Carnegie Mellon faculty member. Students should have previously participated in summer research via the Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship and/or the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship before enrolling in 99-409 (students who are unsure of whether 99-409 is appropriate for them should consult with the Undergraduate Research Office). The research is for elective credit only. Two forms are required prior to enrollment – one from the student and one from the employer.

Summer Research Student Verification Form
Summer Research Employer Verification Form

Summer Directed Study (99-405)

This variable unit course will be tuition-free in SU2020 to support students who have lost other research or internship opportunities due to COVID-19. Two forms will need to be complete before enrollment -- one from the student and one from the faculty supervisor. 

Summer Directed Study Student Verification Form
Summer Directed Study Faculty Verification Form

Undergraduate Summer Internships (99-412)

These 1-unit, free tuition summer internships are available to undergraduate students whose internship sites require credit bearing enrollment for eligibility. The internship needs to provide an educational benefit to the student’s course work at Carnegie Mellon. The internship is for elective credit only. Two forms are required prior to enrollment – one from the student and one from the employer.

Summer Internship Student Verification Form
Summer Internship Employer Verification Form

Summer Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship (99-270)

(3, 6, or  9 units, tuition free)
Complete a research apprenticeship with a faculty member and engage in professional development programming offered by the Undergraduate Research Office.

Deadline: June 1

Department-Based Internship Course

(3 credits)
Contact your primary major advisor or CPDC liaison.
For partial tuition support contact:  Colleen Mollenauer for more information on availability.

A note for international students: This course can be used for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). 

Research Grants

Dietrich College Honors Fellowship Program

Juniors with excellent academic success can apply to the fellowship program during the spring semester. Funding is available for fellows who plan to spend the summer before their senior year undertaking early-stage research and development of their thesis topics. 

Deadline: April 30

Dietrich College Research Opportunity Grant
(available summer 2020 only)

Provide remote research assistance to a Dietrich College faculty member. Students accepted into the program will receive $2,000 in grant funding for 20-25 hours of work per week over 8-10 weeks.

Deadline: Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until June 30, or until all funds for the current cycle have been distributed (whichever comes first).

Available Opportunities

Internship Grants

Summer Internship Experience Fund

Offered by the Career and Professional Development Center, the SIEF is available to current undergraduate students who are participating in off-campus, low-paying (typically less than $12/hour) or unpaid internships located in the United States. This is a need-based grant of up to $2,500 to help offset expenses incurred during internships. 

Deadline: May 15

Peter C. Dozzi Pittsburgh Internship Initiative

Offered by the Career and Professional Development Center, the Dozzi Internship is available to current undergraduate students who have received an internship offer for a low-paying ($12/hour maximum) or unpaid internship from an employer in the Pittsburgh region. Scholarships of up to $1,500 are available.

Deadline: May 15

Dietrich College Internship Opportunity Grants

Offered by the Dietrich College Dean’s Office, the Internship Opportunity Grants provide financial support for students completing low-paying or unpaid internships, with a preference for those in the public or nonprofit sectors. 

Deadline: Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until June 30, or until all funds for the current cycle have been distributed (whichever comes first).