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The Alabama NSF EPSCoR CPU2AL project sponsors a 10-week Corporate Internship Program on Plasma Technology Applications (CIPPTA) for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The program provides students at CPU2AL partner institutions with quality experiences on plasma technology applications at private companies and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with industry and university professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of disciplines. The ultimate goal of the program is to engage a diverse, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers to promote long-term relationships between students, academia, and industry to enhance the Alabama workforce.


Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we are preparing multiple options to ensure that the internship will take place. We are currently planning for an in-person internship. However, if the situation worsens, we will consider a possible hybrid or fully virtual options. For any in-person component, we will ensure that there is the adequate physical spacing between workspaces, following all cleaning protocols set by the host institution and the government.

How to Apply 

If you are a student at one of the CPU2AL Partner Institutions 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 industry projects.

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Apply to CIPPTA 

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2022.

CIPPTA Benefits 

  • Ten-week stipend of $7,000 for graduate students and $6,000 for undergraduates
  • Travel allowance of up to $700 for roundtrip transportation costs from/to the student home institution to/from the host facility
  • Housing allowance of $1,800 for students participating in sites more than 50 miles away from their home institutions
  • Learn about low-temperature plasmas and possible career paths at universities and industry
  • Develop professional networks with leading industries and university investigators
  • Hands-on industry experience

 CIPPTA Eligibility

  • Applicants must be fully enrolled at a CPU2AL partner institution as a graduate student or as a sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate and must plan to be enrolled at a CPU2AL partner institution during the term after the internships
  • Students graduating before the internship are not eligible to apply unless they have an established research relationship with a CPU2AL investigator prior to the internship appointment.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Applicants must be 19 years of age by the start date of the appointment.
  • Previous CIPPTA interns are ineligible to apply for placement at prior host site.
  • Some projects require US citizenship, this will be indicated in the project description PDF.


Students can participate for a second summer if they meet the eligibility criteria. Students are not eligible to participate for more than two summers.

CIPPTA Participant Obligations

  • Interns must participate full-time for 10 consecutive weeks.
  • Interns must have health insurance coverage during the internship.
  • By the end of the internship, students must present the results of the summer project to the host facility and the local CPU2AL community.
  • By the end of the internship, students must complete an eight- to ten-page report about the internship experience. The report must be submitted by the mentor after mentor/facility review/release.
  • By the end of the internship, students must complete a feedback form to help CPU2AL assess the effectiveness of the program.


Housing allowance of $1,800 for students participating in sites more than 50 miles away from their home institutions

Key Dates

January 5, 2022

CIPPTA starts accepting applications.

March 29, 2022

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

April 2022

CPU2AL makes offers to selected students.

June 1 - August 10, 2022

Internship Dates