Michigan State University inGEAR Internship Programme, USA

Publish Date: Dec 25, 2015

Deadline: Jan 15, 2016

Michigan State University inGEAR Internship Programme

The inGEAR (Internship in Global Engineering & Advanced Research) program at Michigan State University offers summer research opportunities for high achieving undergraduates from international institutions. Funding is provided by the MSU College of Engineering, the MSU International Studies Program, and faculty mentors.

During Summer 2016, the inGEAR program will take place on the MSU campus from May 23 through July 31, 2016.

inGEAR is an "internship in graduate school" and provides participants with an early opportunity to become involved in research by working with faculty mentors in one of eight Engineering departments:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computational Mathematics, Science & Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Expectations and Eligibility

As part of inGEAR, students will work full-time on a substantive, faculty-guided research project and participate in professional development activities, including attending weekly seminars and completing periodic writing assignments. Due to the intensive nature of this program, it is expected that students will not enroll in summer coursework or accept other employment during the work week. Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in an Engineering discipline, including Computer Science, at an institution outside the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a four-year bachelors degree program, or in a combined bachelors+masters program. (Applicants from 3-year undergraduate programs are NOT eligible unless they are pursuing a bachelors+masters program, such as a BS+MS or BTech+MTech.)
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale, or at least 7.0 on a 10.0 scale.
  • Applicants must plan to pursue a PhD or MS+PhD in the United States beginning in Fall 2017 and must plan to complete their undergraduate degree by August 1, 2017.
  • Applicants must be available to participate in the entire 10-week program on the MSU campus, arriving on Monday, May 23, 2016 and departing on Sunday, July 31, 2016.  No alternative schedules can be accommodated.
  • Applicants must be eligible to apply for an appropriate visa to allow travel to/from the USA.
  • If selected for inGEAR, applicants must agree to pay all of their own travel expenses to/from the MSU campus.

Please note: if you do not meet all of these criteria, you are not eligible to apply to inGEAR.

As part of inGEAR, students will receive on-campus housing and three meals per day.  All other expenses are the responsibility of the student, including travel to/from East Lansing, MI, USA.  inGEAR participants are required to submit a graduate application to the MSU College of Engineering for a MS or PhD program beginning in Fall 2017; inGEAR participants will receive a waiver of the $50 graduate application fee.

Application Timeline

Students' applications for inGEAR 2016 are due by January 15, 2016.  All applications must be submitted online, and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  Students selected for the inGEAR program will be notified as soon as possible, but no later than March 1, 2016.

Ready to Apply for inGEAR 2016?

The inGEAR program application requires basic contact and demographic information, a resume (.pdf format) and an unofficial transcript (a .pdf printout of your University's grade reporting system is sufficient).  Applicants must also submit a brief statement about why they are interested in participating in inGEAR - you should use this as an opportunity to expand briefly on the skills and experiences you have to contribute, and/or what you hope to learn from participating in this summer program.  CLICK HERE to access the online application for inGEAR 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you send me the list of faculty mentors and/or the list of available projects?  No, we do not have a list.  Faculty are still proposing projects for inGEAR.

How can I know if there are projects in my area of interest?  If you are selected for inGEAR, you will receive a brief description of the research project that your potential mentor wants you to work on.  At that point, you can choose to participate in that project, or you can choose not to participate in inGEAR.

How are students and faculty matched?  Students submit applications.  Faculty develop project proposals and review the list of applicants to identify a good match.  Once faculty have identified a preferred student, the student will receive an offer letter identifying the mentor and the research project.  The student can choose to accept the match, or can choose not to participate in inGEAR; students cannot ask for an alternative project.

I don't meet all five of the eligibility criteria (listed above); can I still apply for inGEAR?  No.  Applicants must meet all of the eligibility criteria.  No exceptions are possible.

What should I list for "major" in the application?  This is your major program of study, or the area in which you are getting your undergraduate degree.

What kind of transcript do I need for the application?  You must upload a transcript with your application; it can be an official document from your university, or you can provide a list of the courses you've taken (with the full course name), the date/term you took each course, and the grades you received.

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