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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Upcoming Deadlines

The SURF 2024 application is open! It will close on January 31, 2024.

Apply to SURF Gaithersburg!

Apply to SURF Boulder!

SURF 2024 Program Dates

  • Main 11-week program: June 3 – Aug 16
  •  Alternatives to accommodate various academic calendars
    • Offset 11-week program: June 17 – Aug 30
    • 9-week program: June 17 – Aug 16
SURF student Mattie Watson studying nanoscale-sized devices in the nanofabrication laboratory of the Physical Measurement Laboratory. 

NIST summer interns have improved MRI technology, studied medications, and more. Spend your summer with us for 11 weeks of hands-on lab experience with world-class mentors in one of NIST’s six labs or other offices. 

What You’ll Get  

In 2023, students received $6,600 for the summer ($600 per week). If you’re participating in person, you’ll need to find your own housing. We will share a list of affordable housing options when you’re selected. In 2023 there was limited financial assistance for housing (up to $4,500), travel (up to $500), or commuting (varies) for in-person participants. We expect similar pay/benefits for students in 2024. 

Eligibility and Requirements

You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident able to provide proof on your application. You must be a full-time undergraduate student in an accredited two-year or four-year college in the U.S.

Participants will work 40 hours per week (Monday through Friday during business hours). You must also: 

  • Pass a background check 
  • Provide proof of health insurance 
  • Receive your payments by direct deposit 
  • Be at least 18 years old 

How to Apply

Apply to the SURF program through USAJobs. All documents are required and must be submitted for consideration. Please submit your documents as PDF files if possible. Detailed instructions are available in the program FAQs

Contact Us

surf [at] (surf[at]nist[dot]gov)

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