Group Name

APS/IBM Research Internships for Underrepresented Minority Students

The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor a research internship program for under-represented minority undergraduates. The goal is to encourage African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering.


The internships are salaried positions typically 10 weeks long at one of three IBM research locations (San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, or Yorktown Heights, NY), and give the opportunity to work closely with an IBM mentor. The Watson lab has a full range of research, as does the Almaden lab, and the Austin lab focuses on software and systems. Research areas of the internship are individually chosen so as to optimize the match between the skills and interests of the student, and the ongoing research programs of the laboratory. Information about the sites and their research may be found at:

IBM Research

IBM Research - Almaden

Watson Research Center

Austin Research Laboratory

Some of the projects from last year can be seen at:

The starting and ending dates are chosen so as not to conflict with the student's school schedule. Assistance in finding and renting housing will be provided.

Applications for summer 2014 will be due February 1, 2014, and selection notifications will begin in early April. More information is available in the Frequently Asked Questions page.


  • Must be an under-represented minority with sophomore or junior standing at a U.S. college or university at the time of application

  • Must be majoring in chemistry, physics, materials science or engineering, computer science or engineering, chemical, electrical, mechanical engineering, or biology, if it has an emphasis on one of the other areas listed

  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA

  • No citizenship restriction

Selection Procedure

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee at IBM/Almaden and selected based on their commitment to and interest in their major field of study.

Application Procedure

The application process consists of

  • an online application, which is submitted through an IBM server;

  • two letters of recommendation, which are to be emailed directly from the recommenders to the internship chair at (At least one letter must come from a faculty member at your current college/ university, preferably in a field related to your major);

  • and an official transcript, which, if possible, is emailed from the registrar's office to the internship chair at, or if that is not possible is submitted to IBM via postal mail.

The online application requires:

  • Completing the student application form (on the IBM server)

  • Uploading your Essay describing your interest in research and your chosen field, and how this opportunity would advance your goals.

  • Uploading your Resume (1-3 pages)

  • Uploading a page listing all of your college technical courses (math, science, computer science, engineering) with the school year in which they were taken and the grades awarded

Acceptable formats for the essay, resume, and course list are PDF, PostScript, and Microsoft Word.

If you have any problem submitting your application electronically, please use your "back" button to return to the application and try again; if after at most three such tries you still have difficulties, please email Dr. Barbara Jones at as soon as possible.

Dr. Barbara Jones
Chair, IBM URM Research Internship Program
Dept. GFBA/D01
IBM Research - Almaden
650 Harry Road
San Jose , CA 95120-6099

Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2014