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Summer Research and Internship Opportunities

Unsure of what opportunities exist for research and internship credits? Unsure of what support exists for students participating in research and internships? Our flow chart can help direct you to many of the opportunities across the university and our division. 

 Summer Research and Internship Flowchart

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

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 Directed Study (99-405)

This offering will support students looking to pursue a variable unit project/research or independent study. These units are charged at the University's per unit cost. These units are available only to student who are not being compensated. 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

Collaborative Research Through Projects Courses (99-520)

These courses are designed to provide students with the opportunity to engage in cohort-based research endeavors that contributes to an area of research, field, or topic determined by each instructor. Students should review the descriptions and prerequisites for each offering.  

99520 Course Listing

Rank Course Preferences Here (Opening Monday, Mar. 11, 2024)

Unpaid Internship Course- Tuition Support 

Any CMU graduate or undergraduate student with a verified unpaid summer internship enrolled in a required 3 unit, departmental internship or practicum course is eligible to apply for funding to offset a portion of the tuition cost. The program will provide 1 free unit. Applications must be received by June 1, 2024 and will be reviewed and accepted on a first come first serve basis up to the capacity of funding. Tuition support is contingent upon completion of the approved internship and course requirements.

Unpaid Internship Course-Tuition Support

K&L Gates Prize 

We are excited to announce the K&L Gates Prize established to recognize an exceptional graduating undergraduate student.  This $5000 prize will be awarded by the Provost at Commencement.  The prize will be given to a graduating undergraduate student who has best inspired his/her fellow students to a love of learning through a combination of intellect, high scholarly achievement, engagement with others, and character.  Help us recognize our outstanding students by providing a nomination by Friday, March 1, at 5pm EST. 

Each nomination packet should include:
1. Nomination Letter: Times New Roman or Helvetica font (12pt) font, preferred, but not required, 1” margins/1.5 spacing, Four-page maximum; (strongly recommend including quotes from advisors, professors, students and/or mentors) Footer: Page number on left and “Jane Doe nomination” on the right for clarification
Within the nomination letter please dedicate a section to each of the following attributes:
• Academic Engagement and Performance
• CMU and Community Involvement
• Inspiring Others
• Character
2. Nominee's resume (please include phone/email contact information)
3. Nominee’s statement of purpose for graduate school, or an equivalent goal statement, may be both academic and personal (not to exceed two pages)

In addition, we will be providing the selection committee with the student's unofficial transcript.

*Nomination materials may be used for the promotion of the award, these materials may be referenced in related publications. Individual names will not be referenced without the consent of the author.

Submit a nomination

2024 Judith A. Resnik Award

The Judith A. Resnik Award was established in 1990 to honor the life and impact of Challenger astronaut and alumna, Judith Resnik (E’70).  Each year this $1000 award is given to recognize and encourage an exceptional, senior woman graduating with an undergraduate technical course of study.  The awardee must be pursuing graduate or professional training in a technical field. Nominations are due by Friday, March 1st, 5pm EST. 

Submit a nomination

Explore offering New Academic Degree Program

The New Academic Program Process (NAPP) involves three steps, all targeted to support good educational practice and to proactively address any relevant university policy and state and federal requirements.

The first step of the process involves submission of the "Academic Consultation Checklist" (and any accompanying materials) to the Office of the Vice Provost for Education and scheduling a meeting with the Vice Provost. The checklist is available on the Enrollment Services website and faculty may request a meeting by emailing the Vice Provost for Education's office.

The meeting with the Vice Provost and other members of the NAPP committee will be used to discuss the program's development, pedagogy, and assessment, and to address relevant policy or process matters.

Propose a New 99 Course

Each Carnegie Mellon course number begins with a two-digit prefix which designates the department offering the course (76-xxx courses are offered by the Department of English, etc.) 99- is the prefix for University-Wide courses. 99- courses are proposed through the Vice Provost for Education's office and approved by the University Education Council (UEC).

Propose a course

Find funding support for my graduate student's research or conference attendance

For Graduate Students, please visit the Conference Funding and GuSH Research Funding webpages.


CMU Inter-campus Undergraduate Student Transfer Process

The Pittsburgh and Doha campuses of Carnegie Mellon University will consider applications for formal, internal transfer from current undergraduate students, in good standing, who can offer a compelling academic and/or personal rationale for a campus transfer request. The first step in the process is consultation with the student's home campus Associate Dean for Education to discuss their potential interest in transfer.  Students should be prepared to highlight their interests and share the reasons they are considering transfer. Their Associate Dean will offer feedback and overview the steps that must be taken for consideration.  A finalized application is due by 5pm on the last day of classes in the fall or spring semester per the student's home campus calendar. Please check the academic calendar to confirm the deadlines. Applicants are also encouraged to review the handbooks associated with the college/school and departments to which they are planning to apply to better understand the policies and practices associated with their program of interest. 

Students must have completed two-full semesters at Carnegie Mellon prior to applying. Students should be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Interviews/letters of recommendation are NOT accepted for internal transfer applications.

CMU Inter-campus transfer form




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