Summer Research Opportunities
Scripps Institution of Oceanography offers a variety of summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs.
Listings are updated as the information becomes available.
Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL)
The MPL summer internship at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is a 10-week research program in marine science and technology. MPL seeks inquisitive and motivated undergraduates with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science, majoring in engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, or geology. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in their first, second, or third year of undergraduate study.
Application deadline: January 13, 2023
Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment (CAICE)
The CAICE program focuses on projects that improve our understanding of how aerosol particles impact the environment, air quality, and climate. The program seeks undergraduate students with an interest in chemistry who would like to participate in cutting-edge CAICE research. Women, students from underrepresented groups, and military veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to current second and third year undergraduates.
Application deadline: February 1, 2023
Center For Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) Internship Program
CW3E's mission is to provide 21st Century water cycle science, technology, and outreach to support effective policies and practices that address the impacts of extreme weather and water events on the environment, people and the economy of Western North America. The 9-week internship program provides paid summer research opportunities to undergraduate students on projects related to U.S. West Coast weather phenomena such as atmospheric rivers and the North American Monsoon. All undergraduate students who are interested in gaining hands-on experience in one or more of CW3E’s research areas are encouraged to apply, regardless of experience level. Paid on-campus housing is also provided.
Application deadline: February 12, 2023
UC Natural Reserve System - Field Science Fellowship
The Field Science Fellowship is an opportunity for two-person teams of University of California faculty and undergraduate students to propose field science research projects that will primarily be conducted in one of the reserves in the UC Natural Reserve System. Approved research proposals will be awarded $5,000 for in the form of a student stipend and $1,000 to cover project costs. Proposals should focus on field research projects that will allow students to perform full-time research for 8 weeks during the summer.
Application deadline: February 15, 2023
Environmental Systems Senior Internship Project
For current UC San Diego students enrolled in the Environmental Systems (ESYS) undergraduate major, the program places a significant value on interdisciplinary problem solving and all majors are expected to complete an integrative Senior Project in their final year. The ESYS Senior Project is designed by the student to focus on an interdisciplinary environmental problem or research topic. An important component of the Senior Project is an off-campus or laboratory internship.
Application deadline: Included as part of ESYS major
UC San Diego Academic Internship Program
The UC San Diego Academic Internship Program provides an opportunity for eligible UC San Diego juniors and seniors to earn course credit for substantive internships related to their academic and career goals. The program strives to facilitate partnerships that lead to genuine learning opportunities for students, and create value for our community partners.
Application deadline: Various
Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
SURF is an 8-week, NSF-funded summer research program. Participation options include a small number of projects that can be completed remotely. Potential research projects span the fields of oceanography, marine biology, earth sciences, geophysics and atmospheric sciences. On-campus housing or a housing allowance is provided for onsite participants. The program seeks to increase the diversity of students successfully prepared to pursue career pathways in earth and ocean sciences and aims to recruit underrepresented minorities, veterans, students with disabilities, and students from institutions with limited research facilities and/or limited curricula in earth, ocean or atmospheric sciences. Application closed April 21.
California Current Ecosystem Long Term Ecological Research (CCE LTER)
The California Current Ecosystem (CCE) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site is an interdisciplinary group of scientists, students, and educators that is working to understand and communicate the effects of long-term climate variability on the California Current pelagic ecosystem. Projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.
Application deadline: TBD
UCSD Undergraduate Research Hub
The Undergraduate Research Hub equips students with the skills to become research scholars, encourage students' pursuit of graduate study, and increase graduate school enrollment among underrepresented, low-income, and first-generation college students. There are also a wide variety of scholarships that students can apply for to conduct their own research during the summer, more information can be found on the Undergraduate Research Hub website and on the website for USCD's Undergraduate Research Scholarships. Keep in mind that many applications have deadlines in February for summer programs and/or scholarships.
Application deadline: Various
Other Internships at Scripps Oceanography and Birch Aquarium
Other than the REU programs, there is no formal internship/volunteer program at Scripps Oceanography for external high school or college students. Other internship positions in labs are up to the discretion/needs of each lab director to decide whether they take on qualified interns or volunteers.
To inquire about becoming a volunteer research assistant at Scripps, we recommend visiting the Centers and Programs page, Labs page, and Researcher Profiles to find a field, research topic, or researcher that interests you. Contact information for each program, lab, or researcher is found on each corresponding page; you can reach out to them directly to see what opportunities might be available.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps offers volunteer positions for a range of ocean lovers, from students and working adults to retired professionals. The minimum age for aquarium interns and volunteers is 16.
- Visit Birch Aquarium’s website for volunteer positions.