Apply for a research internship

Take time to read this entire page carefully. The final checklist will be:

  1. Prepare resume.
  2. Prepare cover letter.
  3. Upload both with the form below.
  4. Get a recommendation letter from a teacher or mentor.

2021 Santa Fe: Applications for 2021 in Santa Fe have now closed. The period for the summer 2021 internship is June 28 to July 23.

2021 Portland, Oregon: The Portland internship ran from August 2 to August 20.

2022: We will open applications for the 2022 internships late in the winter. Meanwhile please come take our programming courses, and drop in for mini-courses, at https://sites.google.com/view/serious-programming/ (or https://sites.google.com/view/serious-programming/pdx for Portland).

Preparing your resume

We now ask you to upload your cover letter and resume. These should be prepared with free/open-source software tools. Do this with care because the way you write and typeset your letter and resume will give our mentors indications of how well you use software tools. Feel free to ask us for further guidance on this. Your cover letter should be specific to the Institute and should outline your goals from the internship, and will be key in getting you paired with a mentor.

Your cover letter should also cover two other matters: (a) if you are in 11th or 12th grade in Santa Fe you need to mention that you are also submitting a serious application to Los Alamos National Laboratory; (b) if you do not satisfy some requirements (such as Python programming on the GNU/Linux operating system) you need to present a detailed plan to make that up right away, for example by taking the Serious Programming workshop.

Soft Skills are very important for any job and any work with a mentor. You should consider the development of soft skills to be a key portion of what you do to prepare for your internship.

Here are examples of a well-typeset cover letter and resume.

These are written in LaTeX using style sheets that Rowan Nadon has helped us develop. The LaTeX source of this sample resume available for you to adapt. Note that if building this on a debian/ubuntu distribution you might need to install the latex extra packages with an instruction like

sudo apt install texlive-latex-extra

Once you have adapted the cover and resume you can convert the LaTeX markup to a PDF file with:

pdflatex MyName_Cover.tex
pdflatex MyName_Resume.tex

Note: learning LaTeX is an important skill which your mentor will expect you to have, but it can take some getting used to. If you need help please contact us right away. You can write to info@computinginresearch.org or call Mark Galassi at 505-629-0759 at any time. We will be very happy to hear from you and to help you.

Upload your resume

This form allows you to upload pdf files for your cover letter and resume.

    Upload your Cover letter

    Upload your Resume

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    Recommendation letter

    You should get a teacher or mentor who knows your work to write you a letter. If you cannot find a teacher available to do so please contact us at internship and we can arrange to interview you ourselves.

    You should send your teacher an email with two parts. The first part is a personal note from you which might look something like this:

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    Dear <Ms/Mr> Teacher Name,
    
    I have applied for an internship with the Institute for
    Computing in Research this summer.  Their information is
    at https://computinginresearch.org/
    
    Could you please write a recommendation letter for me
    and email it to internships@computinginresearch.org

    The second part contains our instructions on how they should prepare the letter.

    The Institute requests the following information:
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    The Institute for Computing in Research would like
    this information from you as a mentor or teacher:
    * Recommender's email address.
    * Recommender's phone number.
    * A brief description of the student's strengths.  The
    institute is interested in students who (a) have a
    good work ethic, (b) are generous with their time with
    their peers, (c) are reliable, and (d) have shown
    the ability to work on their own.  We are much more
    interested in those qualities than in what prestigious
    past opportunities they might have had, so please touch
    on your observation of these characteristics in the
    student.
    
    Thank you