About Internships

Hands-On Experience Since 1991

The WISP Research Internship Program, established in 1991, matches undergraduate women with faculty mentors in paid, part-time research internships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. WISP internships provide early hands-on research experience and the opportunity for mentoring from a research scientist or faculty member.

Internships last two terms (winter and spring) and interns present their work at the Karen E. Wetterhahn Science Symposium in May.

Program Goals

WISP provides you with hands-on research experience that will supplement your science education and help you develop:

  • Research skills
  • A better understanding of scientific inquiry and culture
  • An awareness of science and/or engineering career possibilities


  • First-year women: any STEM discipline (including Psychological & Brain Sciences).
  • Sophomore women: chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics/astronomy (areas where women are most under-represented).