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External Internships

Internships are an important part of a STEM student's experience.

  • You gain valuable work experience.
  • You get a better idea of your own academic and professional goals.
  • You network with others in the field.

Find out more about Foothill College's tips and resources related to internships at our Internships page.

Resources for NASA Internships

We know there are those of you especially interested in internships at NASA! We are hoping to build more resources to support you in that effort. 

Past Info Session Resources

We had an informational info session with Gabrielle Thompson, former Foothill student, who is currently interning at NASA-Ames and had an outside-the-box path. She shares websites and tips for getting an internship at NASA

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Websites for NASA Internships

Check out the following websites for more on NASA internships. Gabrielle shares more details in the recording linked above. 

These are also websites for open source data and resources that are NASA-affiliated:

Resources for Other STEM Internships

SLAC Community College Internships

The Stanford National Linear Accelerator (SLAC) has summer internships for community college students to get involved in cutting edge research in physics, computer science, engineering, and more. SLI hosted an information session in partnership with Hillary Freeman (STEM Education Program Manager at SLAC) to help promote SLAC internships and provide more information about the application process. See resources below:

Tips and Strategies

Internet Search

First, SLI is keeping a running spreadsheet of scholarship and internship opportunities and deadlines by month. This is a dynamic sheet, so bookmark it in your browser and come back from time to time.

Also, a good start for finding STEM internships is to do an internet search with the following key terms:

  • "STEM internships for community college students"
  • "undergraduate student internships in STEM"
  • "summer internships for college students"
Online Ecosystems
  • Handshake - go to MyPortal to activate your Handshake account. You will find listings of jobs and internships, tailored to Foothill College students.
  • LinkedIn - set up your profile, connect to your instructors, classmates, and others you know.
  • Career websites like Geeky Girl Reality (for women in STEM) and
Online Guides

Here are some articles that provide valuable tips for finding internships:

Tips for Preparing for Internship Interviews

Here are some links to sites to help you prepare for internship interviews.

Internship Listings

Here are some well-known internship programs across the country that are competitive and are amazing opportunities for community college students:

Name of opportunity Deadline

Community College Internships with Department of Energy

early January
NIH Summer Internship Program March 1
Base 11 Summer Fellowship Opportunities February
Research Internships for Community College Students at Stanford varied for different opportunities
STEM Undergraduate Internship Opportunities (extensive listing) varied for different opportunities
Research Experiences for Undergraduates through National Science Foundation (listing by STEM discipline)

varied for different opportunities


For an ongoing listing of opportunities, kept up to date by the SLI team, bookmark this Google Sheet.

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