4 Federal STEM Internship Programs for MSIs

by Aisha Bowen

One of the main ways that college students prepare themselves for the work world is through internships. While internships are crucial learning and leadership experiences, opportunities are very limited. Interestingly, there are multiple internship programs for MSI students to create equity in opportunity for minority students. Today’s MSI Monday Morning Line up highlights four MSI internship programs.

1) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Intern Program

federal aviation administration

The FAA Minority Serving Institution Intern Program offers students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, students attending a college or university with a high percentage of Asian American and Pacific Islanders, Tribal Colleges and Universities and Students with Disabilities the chance to intern for their organization. Interns are chosen from a variety of majors such as Air Traffic Control, Aviation Management, Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering and Information Technology. Compensation for this internship includes: “A weekly stipend plus the cost of travel, orientations, workshops, field trips, mentoring and coaching.” Learn more about the FAA Minority Serving Institution Intern Program here.

2) U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM)

U.S. Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) currently offers 10-week paid internships called the “Department of Energy Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP)” in 6 locations and laboratories throughout country. MSIPP’s purpose is to help develop future STEM research scientists. Learn more about the MSIPP program here.

3) National Aeronautics and Space Administration


While not an internship program, NASA’s Education division currently has a Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) to improve the research, academic and technology capabilities of MSIs through multiyear grants. MUREP awards support faculty and students in STEM research related to NASA missions. These awards provide essential skills to minority students who have historically been underrepresented and underserved in STEM. Learn more about NASA’s many research, internship, and fellowship opportunities here.

4) U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

US Nuclear

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Office of Small Business and Civil Rights (SBCR) had created multiple educational initiatives for HBCUs, HSIs, and TCUs, in ordern to train minority students in the field as well as train up potential NRC employees. Opportunities for students from HBCUs, HSIs, and TCUs include: On-the-Job Training (instruction, training, work experience, and exposure to new and emerging occupations and professions in science, engineering, law, information technology,), Research and Development Opportunities (short-term/longterm research partnerships with NRC, Federal laboratories), and Internships (year-round internships, within NRC affiliated labs, Federal work environments, and various private and public organizations). Learn more about the NRC’s current initiatives with MSIs here.

Know of other Federal STEM Internship Programs for MSIs? Share in the comments below!

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