There are many opportunities for undergraduates to conduct summer research at large universities, research hospitals, national labs, and chemical or pharmaceutical companies. The programs listed below grant students from smaller colleges' access to programs with state-of-the art instrumentation and labs in exciting research environments.
In addition, many agencies and companies offer internships that don't involve laboratory research but may be of interest to some chemistry and biochemistry majors. These might include experience in business or marketing at a company or working as an intern at a government agency.
Please note that many of these programs are very competitive and often offer stipends and summer housing. Some have deadlines as early as December or January for positions the following summer. Make sure that you ask your professors for application advice and for letters of recommendation well in advance.
Summer Research Opportunities
Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
Co-op Internships and Summer Research Opportunities in Biomedical Sciences and for Pre-Med Students
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Summer Research Programs by State
STEM Research Opportunities
Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)
National Institutes of Health Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
National Institute of Standards and Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Western New York Area
University of Buffalo REU
University at Buffalo CLIMB UP Research Program
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
University of Rochester REU
Cornell Center for Materials Research REU
Industrial Research Internships
ACI Scholars Industrial Internships for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Undergraduates
Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program (Nationwide Opportunities)
Procter & Gamble Internships
Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program