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Who should participate in the Blue Waters Student Internship Program?

  • Undergraduate faculty who would like to mentor an undergraduate student in a year-long internship in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics that involves teaching or researching the use of high-performance computing in studying problems in these fields.
  • Undergraduate students interested in participating in a year-long science or engineering internship. Students must be enrolled as undergraduates through Spring 2018 at a U.S. degree-granting institution.
  • Students and faculty who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM are strongly encouraged to participate in the program.
  • Beginning graduate students who have a research advisor are eligible to apply to attend the Petascale Institute and will have their expenses covered by the program; any stipend would be the responsibility of their own research advisor.

What is the Blue Waters Student Internship Program?

Support is provided by the NSF-funded Blue Waters Project for sustained petascale computing to support year-long undergraduate internship experiences involving the application of high-performance computing to problems in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics. The program provides a student stipend totaling $5000, a two-week intensive high-performance computing workshop, an allocation on the Blue Waters supercomputer, and, for select students, travel to the Blue Waters Symposium 2018.

This program provides support for undergraduate internship activities at any accredited degree granting institution in the United States. The internships awarded through this program may be to students working with a faculty mentor on their home campus, or at another campus. Interested faculty need to create a position description, and can specify a particular student that the position is intended for, or may select a qualified applicant with Blue Waters support through our program.

How can I promote the Blue Waters Student Internship Program?

A flyer is available (in pdf format) to inform students and colleagues about this program. In addition, a PowerPoint slide is available to let students know about the program.

Blue Waters Student Internship Program Flyer
Blue Waters Student Internship Program Slide

When is the Blue Waters Student Internship Program?

Student applications and intern position descriptions from faculty must be submitted by February 1, 2017. Be sure to click the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the web form to be entered into the BWSIP system. Review and selection will be conducted in early February, with notifications being made by February 15.

A two-week workshop will be held in late May / early June at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) facilities on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Interns are expected to work full-time over the Summer and as their schedules allow during the academic year. Work plans will need to be arranged by the student and faculty mentor and approved by the Blue Waters Student Internship Program.

As part of the program, students and faculty will apply for and receive education allocations on the Blue Waters supercomputer. This process is detailed on the Blue Waters website.

How do I apply for the Blue Waters Student Internship Program?

  • By clicking the button at the top or bottom of this page, faculty should create descriptions of undergraduate internship positions they have available, indicating either that the position is intended for a particular student applicant or that it is open to qualified applicants.
  • By clicking the button at the top or bottom of this page, eligible undergraduate students should submit an application for consideration. There is an area on the form where students can identify a faculty member as a mentor. Students who have taken the initiative to arrange an internship with a faculty mentor are more likely to be selected for this program than students who have not.