STEM Research and Internships

Research and Internship Opportunities

RRCC STEM Scholars Summer Research Internships in STEM

Supporting Low-Income and/or First-Generation Community College Students in STEM

This program supports low-income/first-generation students to do research at either Colorado School of Mines, or with Red Rocks Community College faculty through funding from the National Science Foundation. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Program Dates: May 2018 to August 2018 (specific dates depend on site of research; typically 8-10 weeks). Selected students will earn approximately $5,000. Apply here.
Additional requirements for the Research Internship:
• Be a currently enrolled student in Spring 2018
• Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
• Have completed at least one STEM course, which include:
Chemistry 111
Physics 211
Mathematics (MAT 201 or higher)
Introduction to Design and Engineering Applications (EGT 140)
Demonstrated involvement in STEM at RRCC, such as active participation in:
Engineering Club, Mechatronics, or other STEM club
NASA space grant
NOTE - COMPLETED APPLICATION PACKAGES MUST BE RECEIVED BY:  February 16, 2018. Email one (1) copy of your unofficial transcript to

Below: RRCC STEM Scholars research earthquake resilient designs with Dr. Pei at Colorado School of Mines


Highlights from STEM Scholars Research

Below: RRCC STEM Scholars Jayde Thompson and Bryan Marsh share their research projects.

STEM Scholars student in chemistry lab

STEM Scholar in mechanical engineering lab

For more information, contact:

Liz Cox, Director
IDEA Institute or 303.914.6230

Local Research and Internship Opportunities

Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC), Colorado School of Mines
Paid ten-week summer research program addressing fundamental materials issues related to the science and technology of renewable energy. These highly interdisciplinary studies focus on multiple areas that are open to all materials science, engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science majors

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and NREL, GOLDEN, CO
DOE Community College internships are available through the DOE at one of their 15 laboratories, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. Students who are interested in entering technical careers relevant to the DOE mission should apply for a 10 week Summer internship or a 16 week Fall/Spring internship.

Geoscience research experiences for community college students: Geo-Launchpad in Boulder, CO
Geo-Launchpad helps students develop research-ready skills, and provides support in creating a career path in science, engineering, or technology. Interns spend eight weeks at UNAVCO in Boulder, Colorado, working on a collaborative project under the guidance of an UNAVCO project manager, culminating in a poster presentation. A Faculty Mentor from their home institution provides guidance and support before, during, and after the program.

Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS) is a summer research internship program for Colorado community college students. The goal of RECCS is to give community college students an authentic research experience that allows them to explore environmental or geosciences and gain the confidence to transition to a four-year program in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and, Math) fields.

Solar and Space Physics, University of Colorado - Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Boulder, CO
A 10-week program to work on a research project with a mentor.  The topic areas span the field of solar and space physics, from instrument hardware to data analysis to modeling of the Sun, the Sun-Earth system, the near-Earth environment, or the heliosphere.Students will come to Boulder, Colorado for 10 weeks to work on a research project with a mentor.  The topic areas span the field of solar and space physics, from instrument hardware to data analysis to modeling of the Sun, the Sun-Earth system, the near-Earth environment, or the heliosphere

Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL), University Cooperation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
This EOL Technical Internship program provides a unique experience to prepare science-focused students at two-year colleges for their future careers. Interns are hired for a paid internship to work hands on with technical and scientific support mentors. The internship lasts 20 hours per week for 12 weeks. 

University Cooperation for Atmospheric Research, General STEM Internships, Boulder, CO
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research has several internship opportunities and summer research programs available to undergraduate students. Get significant hands-on research and development in supercomputting and data systems, work with scientific instrumentation on the ground and aboard a research aircraft and more.

Other Community College Internship Programs

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS)
NCAS is an amazing community college internship program available to community college students. Chosen applicants will participate in a 5-week online course where they will put together various projects. The top students from the online course will get a chance to participate in a 4-day camp at a NASA location.

For more information on the RRCC Internship Program:

Contact Melissa English, RRCC Internship Director at or 303.914.6361.