Summer Internship Program

Please Note! that applications for our 2017 Summer Internships Program are now closed. You're welcome, and encouraged, to use these pages to get a general overview of our summer program, or to inquire about openings for term-time internships (please see the last paragraph of this page for more info). We will update this page for our 2018 Summer program in late 2017.


ISI welcomes enthusiastic, qualified graduate students and highly talented undergraduates as paid interns in our Marina del Rey, California and Arlington, Virginia offices. We offer the chance to join in groundbreaking research in convivial, intellectually stimulating environs. Interns work on specific projects with our senior research leaders and their teams, have the opportunity to attend lectures and study groups, and may also mentor others.

In Marina del Rey, ISI inhabits one of the city’s best waterfront addresses. We’re adjacent to the emerging Silicon Beach community of startup and established tech companies, along with bike paths, boating, beaches, diverse restaurants and shopping. In Arlington, our offices are centrally located in the vibrant Virginia Square/Ballston area, an easy metro ride from Washington D.C.’s famed museums and other cultural attractions.

Director's Interns

Each year, a small number of outstanding individuals participating in ISI’s summer internship program are named Director's Interns. Director's Interns receive Institute-wide recognition for their work, including the opportunity to present their research at a colloquium honoring their accomplishments. ISI summer interns are eligible for consideration as Director's Interns based on their research interests, credentials, achievements, and recommendations, with selections made by a committee of senior ISI researchers.

Research areas

For 2017, we are seeking interns in:

  • Computing Systems:
    • Tools and Applications for Heterogeneous, Reconfigurable Computing Environments, High performance and real-time cloud computing, and similar areas
  • Intelligent Systems:
    • Graph Analytics, Social Media Analysis, Machine Learning, Data Provenance, Scientific Applications of Big Data, and similar areas
  • Internet and Networked Systems:
    • Internet Measurement, Cyberphysical Systems, Network Architecture, Tools and Methodologies for Cybersecurity Experimentation, Cybersecurity Research

Please see our open listings to learn about specific internship opportunities. We also may have openings that aren't yet posted here, and encourage you to apply if your interests relate to any facet of ISI’s research. We work to match interns with research projects and mentors whenever possible.

Background and Qualifications

ISI looks for strong, enthusiastic students with a wide variety of technical interests. While most of our interns have computer science backgrounds, we're also interested in students with relevant engineering, math, or scientific academic majors. A number of our internship opportunities combine deep intellectual research with practical system development, and we’re particularly interested in working with students whose background, experience, and research interests combine those objectives.

Our summer internships are extremely popular, and many students choose to intern more than once. We suggest applying early and reading the instructions and FAQ carefully.

Duration and Compensation

Summer Internships are for a three-month period starting in late May. Compensation will be stated in your offer letter should you be accepted, and will be competitive with comparable internship opportunities. Click here for instructions on how to apply.

If you're interested in an internship at another time during the academic year, we encourage you to contact the appropriate research area by sending a short email request to Openings are more limited, however, and not available under a formal program.