2019 Summer Internship Program

Thank you for your interest in ISI's Summer Student Internship Program. APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019 PROGRAM ARE NOW CLOSED.

Applications for the 2020 program will be opening shortly. Web pages for the 2019 program are retained below for the reader's information. However, please note that application opening dates for our 2020 program will be substantially earlier than in 2019.

ISI welcomes enthusiastic, qualified graduate students and highly talented undergraduates as paid interns in our Marina del Rey, California, Arlington, Virginia, and Boston (Waltham), Massachusetts offices. We offer the chance to join in groundbreaking research in convivial, intellectually stimulating environs. Interns work on specific projects with our senior research leaders and their teams, have the opportunity to attend lectures and study groups, and may also mentor others.

In Marina del Rey, ISI inhabits one of the city’s best waterfront addresses. We’re adjacent to the emerging Silicon Beach community of startup and established tech companies, along with bike paths, boating, beaches, diverse restaurants and shopping. In Arlington, our offices are centrally located in the vibrant Virginia Square/Ballston area, an easy metro ride from Washington D.C.’s famed museums and other cultural attractions. In Boston, our offices are located in the suburb of Waltham, directly off of I-95. Our location provides convenient access to Boston and Cambridge’s many universities, museums, and restaurants, as well as historic Lexington and Concord, the site of the “shot heard round the world.”

Director's Interns

Each year, a small number of outstanding individuals participating in ISI’s summer internship program are named Director's Interns. Director's Interns receive Institute-wide recognition for their work, including the opportunity to present their research at a colloquium honoring their accomplishments. ISI summer interns are eligible for consideration as Director's Interns based on their research interests, credentials, achievements, and recommendations, with selections made by a committee of senior ISI researchers.

Research Areas

For 2019, we are seeking interns in:

  • Computing Systems:
    • Tools and Applications for Heterogeneous, Reconfigurable Computing Environments, High performance and real-time cloud computing, and similar areas
  • Intelligent Systems:
    • Natural Language Understanding, Graph Analytics, Social Media Analysis, Machine Learning, Data Provenance, Scientific Applications of Big Data, and similar areas
  • Internet and Networked Systems:
    • Internet Measurement, Cyberphysical Systems, Network Architecture, Tools and Methodologies for Cybersecurity Experimentation, Cybersecurity Research

We work to match interns with research projects and mentors whenever possible and encourage you to apply if your interests relate to any facet of ISI’s research. 

Background and Qualifications

ISI looks for strong, enthusiastic students with a wide variety of technical interests. While most of our interns have computer science backgrounds, we're also interested in students with relevant engineering, math, or scientific academic majors. A number of our internship opportunities combine deep intellectual research with practical system development, and we’re particularly interested in working with students whose background, experience, and research interests combine those objectives.

Our summer internships are extremely popular, and many students choose to intern more than once. We suggest applying early and reading the instructions and FAQ carefully.

Duration and Compensation

Summer Internships are for a three-month period starting in late May. Compensation will be stated in your offer letter should you be accepted, and will be competitive with comparable internship opportunities. Click here for instructions on how to apply.

If you're interested in an internship at another time during the academic year, we encourage you to contact the appropriate research area by sending a short email request to intern-program@isi.edu. Openings are more limited, however, and not available under a formal program.