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The Alabama Plasma Internship Program (ALPIP) is a 10-week summer internship program for undergraduate students enrolled at institutions across the southeastern U.S. (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, West Virginia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico).

The ultimate goal of the program is to promote long-term relationships between students in the southeastern U.S. with investigators in Alabama. ALPIP students will become involved in a summer research project at a CPU2AL institution for nine weeks. The program will also involve an intensive one-week training activity participating in lectures, laboratory experiments, and short classes in plasma science given by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). This week will take place concurrently with the Department of Energy (DOE) Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program. In this way, ALPIP students will be part of a larger, national plasma science student cohort, learn about opportunities in plasma science, and be exposed to the research environment of the national laboratory for plasma physics. 

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How to Apply

Unfortunately, given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, CPU2AL summer internships are canceled for this year. 

If you are a student at a higher education institution in the southeastern U.S, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico and are interested in this opportunity, please click the apply button after reviewing the eligibility conditions below. You will need to create an account on our sign-up page to complete this application, you will have to upload your resume and academic records (for example, transcripts), provide a 150-word essay about why you want to join the program, and provide contact information for two or three references (two required). You may choose to provide two or three references, but if you provide three, all three references need to upload a reference letter for your application to be complete. Your references will get an email right when you submit your application – you are responsible to check with them beforehand whether they want to provide a reference for you and let them know that they will get an automated email from us. You will get a notification email when a reference uploads a reference letter. If one or more of your references have not uploaded a letter by the deadline, your application is deemed incomplete. Academic records must be in English and must display the name of the institution, name of the student, completed coursework and grades and must show the equivalent of at least your last year of full-time postsecondary school attendance. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. You will also need to select and rank one to three ALPIP internship projects.

If you have any technical issues with the application, please contact nsfepscor@uah.edu.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must be an undergraduate student enrolled full time in a higher education institution in the southeastern U.S (in a state that is part of NSF EPSCoR), which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, West Virginia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
  • Applicants must be pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field.
  • Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors. Applicants graduating before the internship are not eligible to apply unless they have accepted an offer to become graduate students at a CPU2AL institution. Freshmen applicants are ineligible.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Applicants must be 19 years of age by the start date of the appointment.
  • Some projects require US citizenship, this will be indicated in the project description PDF.

Internship Benefits 

  • Ten-week stipend of $5500
  • Paid on-campus housing during the nine weeks in AL
  • Travel allowance of up to $700 for roundtrip transportation costs from/to the student home institution to/from the AL host institution
  • Paid transportation and housing costs for the trip to PPPL

 Intern Responsibilities

  • Interns must participate full-time for 10 consecutive weeks.
  • By the end of the internship, students must (a) present the results of the summer project to the host institution, (b) complete a report about the internship experience, and (c) complete a feedback form to help assess the effectiveness of the program.

  2019 SULI Introductory Course in Plasma Physics

Key Dates

January 6, 2020

ALPIP starts accepting applications.

March 9, 2020

Application deadline: Last day for students to submit applications, supporting materials, reference letters, and project preferences. 

April 2020

CPU2AL makes offers to selected students.

May 26 - July 31, 2020

Internship Dates