Moncrief Undergraduate Summer Internship Program FAQ

Who can apply for the internship?

Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution who will be entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2017 may apply.

I am an international student. Can I apply for this internship?

If you are currently attending a U.S. institution and hold a valid F-1 visa, you may apply. 

Is research experience required?

No, research experience is not required.

What coursework/experience will help me succeed in the internship?

While not required, it has been noted by faculty and previous interns that the following coursework and/or experiences would be helpful for interns' success:

  • Basic numerical methods
  • Calculus
  • Differential equations
  • Finite elements courses
  • Functional analysis
  • LaTex
  • Linear algebra
  • Matlab
  • Programming (languages such as C, Fortran)
  • Scientific computing
  • Statistics

What are the dates of the internship?

The internship is a 10-week program and is scheduled to coincide with the University of Texas at Austin’s summer school schedule (June 5 - August 11, 2017).

May I enroll in classes during the internship?

We prefer that interns do not take classes over the summer, however it may be allowed contingent upon approval from the supervising professor. Tuition assistance will not be provided.

Is housing provided?

No, housing is not provided. Interns must make their own housing arrangements.

Will interns have access to the library and other campus services?

Summer interns will be provided with a University ID Card, library privileges, permission to purchase a temporary membership to RecSports and permission to apply for and purchase a Parking Permit.

Do students work in groups or alone with faculty?

Typically interns will be assigned to work within one of the ICES Research Centers or Groups. This will involve working with faculty, graduate students, and postdocs. Each intern may be assigned to a different Research Center/Group.

What is the deadline to apply?

The application deadline is February 1, 2017. All materials must be received in our office no later than this date to receive consideration.

What information should be included in the ‘Relevant Background’ section of the application?

Relevant background should include: coursework, previous summer internship positions, course projects in computational science and engineering (CSE) related courses, and previous jobs that include CSE research components. If there is a specific research center/group or ICES faculty member you are interested in working with, you may indicate it here. You may submit this information in a separate document if you prefer.

Are transcripts required?

Yes, a copy of your official transcript is required and must be sent to the Internship Coordinator at the e-mail address or physical address provided.

How are intern selections made?

All applications are reviewed by the Internship Committee, which makes selections and assigns interns to a research group and supervising professor.

How will students be notified of the committee’s decision?

All applicants will be notified via e-mail once selections have been made.

How many interns are selected each summer?

The number of internships awarded each year will vary. In general, we anticipate awarding between 5 and 10 internships per year.

What have previous interns said were the most valuable aspects of the internship?

  • Learning how research is done in an academic setting
  • Learning about computational biomedical research
  • The experiences and connections gained by working closely with faculty
  • Working on a team
  • Getting a preview of graduate student life
  • Hands-on experience with applied computational algorithms
  • Learning to code in C and Matlab
  • The opportunity to attend talks given by visiting scholars

How should I submit the application form, transcripts, and letters of recommendation?

The preferred submission method is via e-mail to

If you must mail materials, they may be sent to the address below:
Internship Coordinator
Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences
The University of Texas at Austin
201 East 24th St, Stop C0200
Austin, TX 78712-1229