By Editorial Team
The 29th UPRM-ERDC Summer Internship Program will be celebrated for ten weeks beginning June 2019. Up to forty students from various disciplines at UPRM may be selected, based on availability, to participate in undergraduate and graduate research experiences in various laboratories at the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the US Army Corp of Engineers. Seven research and development laboratories are located as follows: Vicksburg, MS (Geotechnical and Structures-GSL, Information Technology-ITL, Coastal and Hydraulics-CHL, Environmental-EL); Champaign, IL (Construction Engineering Research-CERL); Alexandria, VA (Geospatial Research-GRL); Hannover, NH (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Research-CRREL)
If you are aiming at graduate programs and terminal degrees, learned specialized research techniques and training, learn the job environment in federal agencies, and search for a job in the federal government, this internship may be the best pathway to your professional future.
General Expertise Areas
1. Water Pollution Impact and Treatments
2. Plants and Vegetation
3. Climate and Weather
4. Coastal and Ocean Hydrodynamics
5. Fluid Structure Interaction
6. Environmental Impact of Civil and Military Activities
7. Data Analyses, Data Mining and Data Representation
8. Software Development and Applications
9. Air/Land/Water Vehicle Modeling and Simulation
10.Testing and Characterization of Materials
11.Static and Dynamic Structural Analyses and Testing
12.Geotechnical Studies of Soils
13.Mechanical Systems Design and Operations
14.Electrical and Power Systems
15.Effects of Impact of Weapon Blast
16.Hydrological and Hydraulic Analyses and Design
17.Construction Methods, Procedures and Technologies
Benefits of the program:
• Payment through undergraduate and graduate assistantships (based on Federal Scale-GS-05; GS-07; GS-09):
GS-05 approximately $19.59 per hour
GS-07 (Engineering) approximately $23.91 per hour
GS-09 approximately $28.91 per hour
• Round trip air tickets
• Help identify shared housing
• Ground transportation (a car for every four students)
• Challenging federal government job experience and real research team work under the supervision of ERDC researchers in their research laboratories
• Registration in a three credit-hour research course payed by the ERIP program
• Practical experience in technical writing and communication (technical reports, oral presentation, technical paper writing)
• Participation in a national summer research symposium
• Social and cultural experiences in the United States
• Opportunity of being hired as job positions become available
• Being trained to address graduate challenges in research
To participate in the UPRM – ERDC Education and Research Internship Program the following requirements must be met:
1. Be a USA citizen or permanent resident
2. Comply with the minimum academic requirements:
• Minimum GPA : 3.0/4.0
• Minimum credits approved : 2/3 of the required total
credits of the undergraduate program
3. Apply online: https://www.uprm.edu/inci/erdc-erip/
4. Enter demographic information
5. Upload an updated resume
6. Upload transcripts (BS, MS and PhD) (Can be student copy from your counsellor)
7. Select preferred project (SOW) in order of priority as soon as available
8. Sign the agreement documents
9. Fill traveling orders
10. Participate of the orientation meetings
11. Register in a three credit-hour course with the advisor’s recommendation
12. Have authorization from your Graduate advisor (just for graduate students)
Instructions to apply
Applications will be uploaded online at this site. Students will be prequalified for final consideration for specific projects. The following is required to apply.
1. You must be logged in with your UPR account (use your username and password used to login on home.uprm.edu).
2. Fill out the ERIP Student Application Form below when you login with your account.
3. Identify your areas of interest from the list.
4. Upload your updated Resume
5. Upload your most recent copy of your unofficial Transcript (use the format that presents approved courses semester by semester). If you are a graduate student, you must upload a copy of both transcripts, undergraduate and graduate. Both transcripts must be uploaded in one document.
6. Graduate student must supply both the undergraduate and graduate information in the application.
‘Applications that are not understandable or have missing information will not be taken into consideration.
Once students are prequalified, a list of projects will be distributed to choose the order of priorities to work in various projects.