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
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.