Summer Undergraduate Internships

NEON Internship programThe NEON Internship Program is designed to provide qualified undergraduates with real-world summer work experience in their chosen field.

Because NEON is an interdisciplinary organization, we accept students from a variety of disciplines (e.g., Engineering, Science, Computing). NEON interns are involved with a variety of projects, from helping to design sensor assemblies to testing sampling protocols and analyzing data. See our Opportunities & How to Apply page for more information on this year's projects.

NEON is committed to broadening participation in science and engineering

We strongly encourage students from historically under-represented groups in science and engineering to apply. We recruit at minority-serving institutions and organizations. Our program is designed to promote future student success through mentoring, leadership training and various networking activities.Real world experiences

Benefits of a NEON Internship:

  • Real-world experience: Work on challenging projects in your chosen field
  • Mentorship: Interact one-on-one with NEON staff members
  • Networking: Join a supportive community of interns from around the country working in local scientific organizations
  • Full-time summer salary: Earn a competitive student salary for 10-12 weeks
  • Travel and lodging: Live and work in Boulder, CO (travel to Boulder and summer housing provided)
  • Making a difference: Contribute to building NEON from the ground up

Program details

During the 11-week summer program, NEON interns complete scientific research, engineering, and computing projects that help advance NEON's mission. Throughout the summer, interns work closely with NEON mentors on real-world projects, and in the process begin to transition from student to professional colleague. Interns have opportunities to explore career options through a variety of avenues including weekly career seminars and informational interviews with NEON staff. Community mentors are also available to help interns adjust to living and working in Boulder. At the end of each summer, interns present their projects in a formal setting.

  • The 11-week summer program typically starts at the end of May and continues through mid-August. NOTE: schedule can be flexible for students on the quarter system calendar. 
  • Interns work 40 hours a week and earn a competitive wage.
  • Furnished apartments are provided at no cost to interns. Round-trip airfare is also provided to Boulder from anywhere within the United States and Puerto Rico. Interns also receive a regional bus pass that meets most local transportation needs.

2014 NEON Interns


  • Summer internship opportunities posted in October
  • Applications portal opens mid-November 2014 
  • Applications due February 16, 2015
  • Applicants notified mid March 
  • Summer program runs late May to early August