Research Opportunity for UPRM Students

The 30th UPRM-ERDC Summer Internship Program will be celebrated for ten weeks beginning June 2020.  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 Corps of Engineers.


Seven research and development laboratories are located as follows:

Vicksburg, MS


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 experience in the federal government, this internship may be the best pathway to your professional future.

General Expertise Areas

Research opportunities in the past have focused but not limited to the following:

  • Environmental (biological, chemical, and physical pollutant impact and treatment in water, waste water, solid waste, hazardous waste, and others)
  • Plants and vegetation distribution, characterization, protection, preservation, identification in natural or disturbed ecological environments
  • Environmental, climate, and weather change and modifications
  • Coastal and ocean hydrodynamics, physical and numerical modeling, coastal erosion estimates and measures, data analyses
  • Water–structure interactions in coastal or riverine environments
  • Environmental impact of civil and military activities on plants, animals, and humans
  • Computer applications such as software development, computer programming, android programming, model developments, data analyses, data mining, data representation.
  • Software applications, mapping, and geomatics applications such as may be but not limited to C++, C#, JavaScript, Python, MSSQL, Matlab, GIS and Image Processing (ENVI, ERDAS Imagine, ARCVIEW, ARCGIS), many others
  • Pavements, terrain, and airfields modeling, analyses, and simulation for civil and military wheel and tracked vehicles (e.g., airplanes, tanks, trucks, and others)
  • Composite, ceramic, plastic, bioinspired, and high performance materials and innovative material analyses, testing, characterization for mechanical, structural, and environmental behavior (e.g., concrete)
  • Static and dynamic structural analyses and testing of structural elements, components, and systems like dams, bridges, walls, buildings
  • Geotechnical studies of soils, aggregates, soil structures like levees, dams, foundations
  • Mechanical systems design and operations (hydraulic gates, equipment, and machinery, and many others)
  • Electrical and power systems and networks for equipment and laboratory facilities
  • Impact of weapon blast effects on structures, soils, and protection systems
  • Hydrological and hydraulic analyses and design for riverine, coastal, and drainage systems, modeling, data analyses, and infrastructure
  • Construction methods, procedures, and technologies (sustainability, cost analyses, life cycle analyses, standards, and many other related to civil and military infrastructure and others)


Over 600 undergraduate and graduate students from the following academic programs have participated during the past 29 years:  Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, Chemical, Surveying); Sciences (Biology, Industrial Biotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Geology, Marine Science, Social Sciences); Agricultural Sciences (Agronomy, Soils).  Other disciplines may be included based on applicants’ expertise and ERDC research needs.  Specific Statements of Work (SOW) will be published in the near future and applicants will be matched according to student’s expertise and merits.

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:
  4. Enter demographic information
  5. Upload an updated resume
  6. Upload transcripts (BS, MS and PhD) (Can be student copy from your counselor)
  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. The student must be logged in with his/her UPR email account to fill the Google Form Application.
  2. Fill out the ERIP Student Application Form below after you login with your account.
  3. Identify your areas of interest from the provided 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.

- 2020 ERDC-UPRM application form is now closed.

- The 2020 List of Projects for the ERDC-UPRM internship is now available.