Undergraduate Internships

The IGERT Internship in Network Science brings undergraduates to the UC Santa Barbara campus for a summer research experience. From June until August, a select group of interns will work with graduate students and faculty on projects for an 8-week period, culminating in a formal research presentation. In addition to hands-on research in a lab-setting, interns attend weekly group meetings as well as seminars about topics relevant to graduate school and professional skills development. In 2014 and 2015, the network science interns found synergy with a similar program in bioinformatics, creating interesting overlaps in research topics. In 2016 - 2018, our projects were focused primarily on interdisciplinary topics in network science, machine learning, and data science.

Are you interested in participating in next year's program?  Some possible research topics are listed here:

  • Scalable Network Searching and Mining
  • Dynamics of Opinion Propagation
  • Networked Narratives and Social Influence
  • Modeling Persuasion over Social Networks
  • Inferring the Control Structure and Modularity of Gene Networks
  • Models for Information Cascades
  • High-Performance Parallel Graph Computations
  • Big Data Management
  • Visualizing Networks
  • Or, choose your own topic

Applicants should be sophomores or juniors with an interest in research and graduate school. Also, applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Interns receive a stipend to help support their stay at UCSB.   

An application will be made available on this page in early 2019. We are committed to promoting diversity within STEM fields. Women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

We also have opportunities for High School internships. A partnership with Santa Barbara High School's Computer Science Club brought young scientists to UCSB in Summer 2016 and again in 2017. Their projects included an analysis of airplane crashes, an overview of network messaging with encryption, and an interactive, network model of U.S. Senators and voting trends. In 2017, the participants explored various data sets with Word2Vec. We have linked a summary presentation here.  Email us if you are a local high school student interested in furthering your programming skills next summer.

A scene from the 2014 poster session