Blue Waters Internship Program

As part of the Blue Waters efforts to motivate and train the next generation of supercomputing researchers, the program is sponsoring about 20 undergraduate research interns each year. The goal is to engage undergraduate students in petascale computing research and development projects. The program provides each student a stipend totaling $5000, a two-week intensive high-performance computing workshop, and an education allocation on the Blue Waters system. Select students will travel to The Blue Waters Symposium. This program includes support for undergraduate internship activities at any accredited degree granting institution in the United States. The internships awarded through this program may be for students working with a faculty mentor on their home campus, or at another campus. Interested faculty can work with a particular student that they identify, or may select a qualified student with Blue Waters support through our program.

Students and faculty who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM are strongly encouraged to participate in the program.


The program is open to undergraduate students interested in participating in a year-long science or engineering internship. Students must be enrolled as undergraduates through Spring 2018 at a U.S. degree-granting institution. Beginning graduate students who have a research advisor are eligible to apply to attend the Petascale Institute and will have their expenses covered by the program; any stipend would be the responsibility of their own research advisor.


  • Applications must be submitted by February 3, 2017
  • Notifications will be made by February 15, 2017 - postponed until February 24, 2017 to allow time for reviews
  • The two-week Petascale Institute will take place at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign May 29 - June 9, 2017
  • The research is expected to begin over the summer months with continued work during the school year
  • Select interns will present their project and results at the Blue Waters Symposium in 2018
  • A final paper must be submitted to the Journal of Computational Science Education by May 31, 2018
  • Internships will conclude by May 31, 2018

Apply today!

In the application process, students can identify a faculty member as a mentor. Students who have taken the initiative to arrange an internship with a faculty mentor are more likely to be selected for this program than students who have not.

Faculty Mentors

The program is open to faculty who are willing to mentor undergraduate students in a year-long internship that involves teaching or researching the use of high-performance computing in studying problems in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics.


  • Intern position descriptions must be submitted by Feb. 3, 2017
  • Notifications will be made by Feburary 15, 2017
  • Student work on the internship will begin after the Petascale Institute to be held May 29 - June 9, 2017
  • Students will work full-time over the summer and as schedules allow during the academic year
  • Students are expected to submit a paper to the Journal of Computational Science Education by the end of May 2018
  • Select students will be asked to submit a poster on their project for presentation at the Blue Waters Symposium in 2018

Become a mentor!

Faculty should create descriptions of undergraduate internship positions they have available through the website at the link shown above, indicating either that the position is intended for a particular student applicant, or that it is open to qualified applicants.