IMSI Summer Internship Program

The IMSI Summer Internship Program is hosted by the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and began in the summer of 2021. It builds on the prior success of the NSF funded PI4 Summer Internship Program, launched in 2014. Internship hosts will primarily be companies and scientific labs in Champaign-Urbana, Chicago, and the surrounding region. Internship hosts for the PI4 and IMSI programs in previous years have included AbbVie Innovation Center, Ameren Innovation Center, Bud Analytics Lab, Wolfram Research, Personify, Caterpillar Data Innovation Lab, and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, among others. Scientific internship hosts have included the University of Illinois departments of Entomology, Speech and Hearing Science, Industrial Engineering, Plant Biology, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, and more. There are a number of descriptions of past internships available.

Summer 2022 application and deadline: Applications for the summer of 2022 are due by January 7, 2022.

Structure of the program: The program begins with a two week skills workshop on computation and data science using Python and R. Prior coding experience is not required. Students will then be placed in internships for eight weeks during the summer.

Eligibility: This program is open to Ph.D. students in mathematics or statistics programs in the United States. Women and students from historically underrepresented US minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Participants must be eligible to work in the United States. The program is open to both US and international students based in the US. International students will be responsible for arranging work authorization (e.g. CPT) before starting the program.

Financial support: Costs incurred in traveling to Champaign-Urbana (if required for program participation) can be reimbursed (subject to NSF guidelines). In addition, interns receive a stipend from IMSI along with salary from the host company. Participants accepted into the program will be provided with more information about the rules for reimbursement and the amount of stipend support.

Summer sublets close to campus are readily available and affordable in Champaign-Urbana. The city bus system is excellent, and one can live here and get to stores and to work without owning a car.

Questions? Email [email protected].