Summer Undergraduate Program for Engineering Research (SUPER)
EOL's SUPER Internship provides a unique and valuable experience to prepare engineering students for successful careers.
What does an engineering intern do?
While working at EOL, interns help develop new instrumentation and improve our existing suite of NSF/NCAR lower atmospheric observing facilities. Most internships also offer the opportunity to gain practical experience operating operating facilities in the field by deploying on one of our NSF-funded research projects.
Interns are encouraged to develop their own engineering solutions as they work with and are mentored by professional, experienced engineers and technicians. During the internship, interns have access to a large number of resources such as sophisticated testing and calibration instruments, technical documentation, state-of-the art fabrication capabilities.
EOL provides an hourly wage as well as travel support to and from, and housing while in, Boulder, CO as well as expenses in the field. (Please note that housing is a taxable benefit)
Who should apply?
EOL's mission primarily requires electrical, mechanical, optical, and computer engineering skills but we encourage all engineering students to apply. Undergraduate students enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities are eligible to apply for SUPER internships. However, note that some projects may require that the intern be (a) a U.S. citizen; (b) lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States; or (c) a protected individual as defined by 8 USC1324b(a)(3).
How do I apply?
The application process for Summer 2013 is now open and advertised on the UCAR Career Opportunities website. Applications are due by January 1, 2013, and must be submitted through that site as well.
Past interns on the EOL Undergraduate Engineering Internship program
“I felt this was a fantastic learning experience. I feel that I will go into my classes next semester feeling prepared. I also have gained lasting contacts here that I will keep in touch with.” – Andrew Nelson, 2012
"I really enjoyed the actual writing of code and creating of applications that will really have scientific use. It's a good feeling to have created something useful from your own efforts, I think. – Stephanie Fawaz, 2012
"Working at EOL provided me with the chance to put my engineering knowledge and skills to the test. I was able to complete a challenging engineering project with the help of great engineers around me. The project was hands on and it offered me a great learning experience; one which I will never forget."- Drew Leung, 2007
"How many summer interns can say that their work space included a C-130 Aircraft? The hardware I designed at NCAR was built and actually installed on the aircraft and used for field experiments. I learned how theory I came into the internship with is translated into real-life engineering practices. Working for NCAR reminded me of why I wanted to become an engineer in the first place." - Jackie Hibbard, 2007
"The internship experience gave me the opportunity to see the application of classroom knowledge to real life engineering practices and the challenges involved. It also exposed me to the research environment which is (and would be) useful in my graduate studies." - Oluleye Olorode, 2007