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Career & Internship Exploration
There are a lot of employment opportunities for mathematics majors. The following lists outline some useful resources to find research opportunities, internships, summer programs, jobs, career advice, and lots of other information to help you navigate a career in mathematics. The first section includes some organizations and associations that have a substantial amount of information about the mathematics field in general and career aspirations specifically. The bottom half is a compilation of specific opportunities available.
General Career Information and Guidance
American Mathematical Society - Build a career, find data on the mathematics community, locate mathematicians, and learn more about funding, prizes, and special opportunities for students and professionals. The AMS works hard to maintain the most current information to help you build or enhance a career centered on mathematics. Find information for students, jobseekers, faculty, and other mathematics professionals, and explore the many ways in which the AMS can assist you with your career and professional growth.
Association for Women in Mathematics - Whether you're just considering a career in the mathematical sciences or already fifty years into it, you should find useful information here — including articles and links to more resources for women in math.
Mathematical Association of America - One of the benefits of studying mathematics is the variety of career paths it provides. A 2009 study showed that the top three best jobs in terms of income and other factors were careers suited for math majors. Another recent survey shows that the top 15 highest-earning college degrees have a common element: mathematics.
The MAA publishes two books (She Does Math and 101 Careers in Mathematics), one brochure (We Do Math!), and the MAA Online Career Profiles webpage. Each features accounts by mathematicians of what they do in a variety of fields.
Want to know more? Learn more about careers in mathematics, get tips on how to succeed in math, and read about math in real life at this site developed by math majors at Brigham Young University: When Will I Use Math?
Ready to look for a job? MAA Math Classifieds is available to help you find a career in the diverse field of mathematics. We invite you to explore this site to begin your job search.
Specific Research Programs, Internships, Scholarships, Volunteer Opportunities and Jobs Available
The Mathematics field is always moving forward and opportunities to explore and learn exist in a number of different places with a variety of organizations. This list is not exhaustive of all the options, but it includes some of the interesting, engaging, and exciting opportunities available to prospective students, current students, graduate students and alumni.
The NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program offers undergraduate students across the United States internships at NASA centers under the supervision of technical mentors. This prestigious program seeks rising sophomore, junior and senior students in the disciplines of engineering, math, computer science and life/physical sciences. Students may apply for 10-week summer session and 15-week spring or fall session. NASA-USRP provides students with hands-on, real-life research experiences that challenge, inspire and bring practical application to complement the students' academic education. Stipends are $6,000 for the summer session and $9,000 for fall and spring, plus a round-trip travel allowance. Application deadlines are:
Spring - annually in October
Summer - annually in January
Fall - annually in February
For more information http://www.education.nasa.gov/usrp
Information on the APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women is now available. These summer internships are salaried positions, typically 10 weeks long, and include, in addition, a $2,500 grant and the opportunity to work with a mentor at one of three IBM research locations. Applications must be submitted by February 1 each year.
Complete details on the program and how to apply are available at: http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/ibm/index.cfm
National Science Foundation REU Programs
The National Science Foundation sponsors a variety of summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). These programs are paid, 10 week positions, and span all of the academic areas which NSF supports - mathematics, chemistry, biology, engineering, physics, earth sciences, computer science, psychology, polar research, etc. All applications require letters of reference and a personal statement as to why you, the applicant, wants to participate in the particular program you are applying for. (We can not overemphasize how important your personal statement is in the selection process, so take some care in developing it). Deadlines vary with the individual programs but most applications are due in January or February. Here is a website which lists many of the programs. This list is continually updated so you need to keep checking back from time to time for new opportunities.
Herewith a website listing (paid) undergraduate internship opportunities at the IAEA. These internships can be scheduled for anywhere from one month to one year.
Information at: http://www.iaea.org/About/Jobs/internships.html
The 3-day conference will be held on the campus of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The bulk of the program will be talks given by undergraduates but there will also be four plenary addresses. The conference will provide lodging (double-occupancy hotel room) and meals for all participants. There are also some funds to help cover travel expenses. Application deadline is December 1 each year.
More information at: http://www.math.unl.edu/~ncuwm
USA Jobs "Working for America"
USAJobs is a searchable database of full-time employment opportunities with the United States Government. In addition to the general nation-wide listings on the site, you can also create a personal account and customize your searches to, say, certain geographical areas, certain departments, minimum pay grades, etc.
Information at: http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/
RS&H Employment and Internship Opportunities
RS&H is a national consulting firm specializing in aerospace, defense, aviation, transportation, environmental science, etc. They are currently seeking to fill full-time entry-level and summer internship positions for work in the state of Florida.
For information: http://tbe.taleo.net/NA3/ats/careers/jobSearch.jsp?org=RSANDH&cws=1
Teach for America is currently seeking to fill entry-level positions for new college graduates who majored in any of the natural sciences or mathematics. Salaries are competitive with employment opportunities in both urban and rural environments. Deadline for applications is early January.
For information: http://www.teachforamerica.org
SPWM is a five-week intensive program for mathematically talented undergraduate women who are completing their junior year and may be contemplating graduate study in the mathematical sciences. Applicants must be US citizen or permanent resident undergraduate women. Each participant will receive a travel allowance, campus room and board, and a stipend of $1,750. Application deadline is at the end of February each year.
Information at: http://www.gwu.edu/~spwm/
The Math for America program is accepting applications for fellowships to teach high school math in Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, Utah and Washington, DC. The fellowships are a five year commitment to serving as a math teacher in one of these cities but one of the years is spent as a graduate student pursuing a Master's degree in Math Education. The fellowship includes: a full-time salary as a secondary school math teacher, a full-tuition graduate scholarship to complete a Master's degree in Math Education, up to $100,000 in stipends - payable over the five year period - for participating in the program.
The Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics is a 6 week program at Boston University. Applicants must be undergraduate students majoring in mathematics, biology or any of the natural sciences. Room, board and all extracurricular costs (including attendance at a Red Sox game) are provided. Participants also earn 4 semester hours of college credit. Application deadline is March 1 each year.
Applications are being accepted for summer research opportunities at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. These positions are open to junior/senior undergraduate students majoring in any of the natural sciences but emphasis is given to those students with a strong interest in the ocean sciences, oceanographic engineering, mathematics, or marine policy. The positions are typically 10 week programs with room, board, travel and a weekly stipend.
There are a number of summer research programs for undergraduate students at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, just outside of Washington DC. The mission of the GSFC is to study the Sun, Earth, Solar System and the Universe. With these programs; room, board, travel and a summer stipend are all provided.
The Amgen Company has recently announced a new scholarship program for undergraduate students. This program allows students to perform summer research in biotechnology and medically-related fields at any one of ten sites around the country - MIT, Caltech, UCLA, Howard University, and others. Students selected for this program are designated Amgen Scholars and receive a substantial stipend, room and board and travel.
The Summer Mathematics Program at Carleton College in Northfield, MN is a 4-week program open to 1st and 2nd year undergraduate women who are interested in pursuing additional study in mathematics. Applicants are expected to have completed Linear Algebra prior to the start of the program. Participants receive a stipend, room, board, and travel. Application deadline is in February each year.
The University of Nebraska at Lincoln has announced several summer research programs for undergraduate students majoring in the natural sciences or mathematics. 8-10 week programs in the summer are available in biological chemistry, plant sciences, virology, nanoscience, applied mathematics, bioinformatics and computer science. Benefits include a stipend, room, board, and travel expenses. Application deadline is March 1 each year.
Argonne National Labs, outside of Chicago, has announced full-semester and summer research programs for undergraduate students in the physical and life sciences, mathematics and computer science. For programs in the summer, the application deadline is February 1 each year and participants receive a stipend of $400 per week plus housing and travel allowance. Benefits are comparable for full-semester programs.
The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) conducts one of the largest and most successful Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs in nanotechnology. NNIN oversees several summer research programs in nanoscale science for undergraduate students majoring in the natural sciences, mathematics or computer science. For summer programs, there are over 70 positions available at 12 different universities nationwide. For advanced students, there are additional opportunities in Japan and Germany. NNIN coordinates a student's application, which is submitted on-line, across all opportunities.
The National Security Agency in Ft Meade, Maryland is offering a number of different internships, co-op program, scholarships, and work study programs for undergraduate students majoring in mathematics, computer science, foreign language or program management. US citizenship is required for all these programs. Applications are accepted between August 1 and October 31 each year.
The Department of Homeland Security has announced a prestigious 2-year fellowship for undergraduate students majoring in any homeland security related science (chemistry, biology, physics, geophysics, etc.), mathematics or computer science. The fellowship includes full-tuition, a monthly stipend for 9 months during the academic year, a stipend for a 10-week internship in the summer. Application deadline is January 1 each year.
The American Astronomical Society has compiled a list of summer research opportunities in the areas of astronomy and astrophysics.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are sponsoring several summer internships and full-year scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates in the areas of biomedical research and biomedical engineering. The programs are open to students majoring in any of the sciences, mathematics or computer science but each applicant needs to have completed basic courses in biology and chemistry. Students are paid a monthly salary dependent upon their educational background.
(SUMSRI)Summer Undergraduate Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (SUMSRI)
The Summer Undergraduate Mathematical Science Research Institute (SUMSRI) at Miami University of Ohio is looking for top mathematics and statistics undergraduates to participate in the Institute's summer session. They are particularly interested in those students who are currently underrepresented in the mathematical sciences. Benefits for this 7-week program include room, board, travel, and a stipend. Deadline for application is March 1 each year.
The American Physical Society has announced the APS Scholarship Program for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors. The goal of this minority scholarship is to increase the number of under-represented minorities obtaining degrees in physics. It provides funding and mentoring to minority physics students to enhance their education and help them prepare for success in various careers. Any African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is majoring or planning to major in physics, and who is a high school senior, college freshman, or sophomore is eligible to apply for the scholarship.
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore California is accepting applications for summer internships from undergraduate students majoring in any of the sciences, mathematics or computer science. Appointments are typically 12-weeks long - salary is competitive. Deadline for all programs is at the end of February.
Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) in Michigan will host a summer program entitled ELME, Enhancing Linkages between Mathematics and Ecology. ELME is a course-work based research experience designed for students with an interest in applying mathematics to questions in ecology and evolution. Benefits include housing, food allowance and a $2,500 stipend. Application deadline is March 1 each year and the program is open to international students who are not US citizens.
The major objective of the ten week annual Summer Undergraduate Research Focus – Climate Change, Global Warming, and the Health of Texas Bays and Estuaries – is to provide research experiences and training for undergraduate students.
The common focus of the research activities is investigation of the effects of human activities on the environment, particularly the coastal environment. Research experiences will be mentored by faculty members of the College of Science and Technology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
The goals of the program are to improve the critical thinking ability and communication skills of the students, and to provide hands on science experiences to foster life-long science learning.
Application deadline is March 1 each year.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, invites applications for their summer research program, RISE (Research In Science and Engineering). RISE is an undergraduate SUMMER research program to advance diversity in science, math, and engineering.This program spans the biomedical, physical and behavioral sciences, mathematics and engineering. Benefits include room, board, travel and a competitive stipend. Application deadline is January 1 each year.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is sponsoring an 8-week summer math Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) from on geometric analysis and inverse problems. Benefits include room, board, travel and a stipend. Application deadline is end of February each year.
Since 1994 with the support of the National Science Foundation, the Institute, together with Princeton University, has hosted an intensive 11-day mentoring program for undergraduate and graduate women in mathematics.
The program brings together research mathematicians with undergraduate and graduate students on the campus of the Institute for Advanced Study and is designed to address issues of gender imbalance in mathematics. The program includes lectures and seminars on a focused mathematical topic, mentoring, discussions on peer relations, an introduction to career opportunities and a women in sciences seminar.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsors Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer programs for undergraduate students in all STEM areas. (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The AMS further provides a separate listing of those programs which are math related.
The University of South Alabama has announced a 10-week summer research program for undergraduates in the areas of 'structure and function of proteins.' Benefits include room, board, travel and a stipend. Application deadline is March 1 each year.
The Institute for Mathematics at North Carolina State University (IM@STATE) is a dynamic environment where young mathematicians engage in exciting and challenging research projects.
The major goals of the Institute are to increase the number of students going to graduate school as well as to improve the retention of American graduate students in the first two years of graduate study. This is accomplished through providing exciting research opportunities, a welcoming mathematical community, and support/mentoring programs for under-represented students.
IM@STATE students will work on research problems in a supportive, collaborative environment, which is part of a vibrant research department with strong links to industry and government laboratories. They will work with accomplished faculty, gaining the skills and confidence they need to continue.
Smith College's Center for Women in Mathematics Postbaccalaureate Program is for women with bachelor's degrees who did not major in mathematics or whose mathematics major was light. This program is open to all women with a serious interest in pursuing a higher degree in the mathematical sciences. Successful applicants will have completed at least Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus before enrolling in our program. The program is designed to make you "graduate school ready" in one year.
COINS at the University of California Berkeley is offering an 8-week summer internship for undergraduate students majoring in any of the sciences, mathematics or computer science. Benefits include room, board, travel and a stipend.
The MAA Math Classifieds is available to help you find a career in the diverse field of mathematics. We invite you to explore this site to begin your job search. Employers and recruiters, post your job on MAA Math Classifieds to help you find the strongest candidates for your mathematics job search.
The US Particle Accelerator School offers a two-week summer program annually in June. Students who participate in this program earn up to one course college credit. This program is open to non-US citizens who are currently residing in the United States. There is no stipend associated with the program but there is financial aid available to cover housing, food, transportation. etc.
AWIS takes great interest in helping young women gain skills compatible with their studies in science and engineering. Our highly competitive internship program is intended to introduce bright, innovative undergraduate and graduate students to the policymaking process and encourage them to become active and effective participants in public affairs. Working directly with our staff and volunteer leadership, AWIS interns gain solid professional experience. In addition to their day-to-day assignments, interns attend current policy debates, coalition meetings, and have the opportunity to meet high level government and agency staff. Alumni of the AWIS Internship Program can be found working in industry, academia, and for the government in a broad array of positions including public policy, communications, and project management. Today we offer competitive internships during fall and spring semesters and a ten-week summer program targeted specifically for undergraduate, underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students can apply to intern for marketing and communications, advocacy and public policy, special events and fundraising positions.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is now accepting applications for its Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program. Hollings Scholarships center on increasing undergraduate education and training in the oceanic and atmospheric sciences. This is a very prestigious 2-year program which includes a scholarship in each academic year plus a stipend for a 10-week summer internship at a NOAA facility. Application deadline is at the end of January each year.
MIT Jobs Site for STEM Programs
The MIT Mathematics Department hosts a jobs site for full-time positions in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Many of the jobs are in the Northeast but opportunities are available nationwide. The site is maintained by the AfterCollege corporation.
The Harvard School of Public Health has recently announced a 4-week summer program in quantitative methods for biological, environmental, public health and medical research. The program is open to both undergraduate students and recent graduates. Benefits include room, board, travel and a stipend. Application deadline is mid-February each year.
The National Science Foundation awards several hundred Graduate Research Fellowships each year so that students can pursue a graduate education in STEM programs. These fellowships are very prestigious - they are awarded for 3 years and include a stipend of up to $30,000 per academic year. Applications are accepted annually between August and November.
The Environmental Protection Agency sponsors a number of internship and entry-level employment programs for undergraduate students and recent graduates. Applications are accepted throughout the year.