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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.

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications. The application deadline was January 24, 2019, by 1 PM CDT.

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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 a Google account to complete this application and you will have to upload your resume and your academic records (for example, transcripts), and provide contact information for two to three references (two required). You must arrange to have your recommendations sent by email to by the application deadline.  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.



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 graduate students or as a sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduates and must plan to be enrolled at a CPU2AL partner institution during the term after the internship.

  • 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.


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

October 26, 2018

CIPPTA starts accepting applications.

January 24, 2019, by 1 PM CDT

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

You must arrange to have your recommendations sent by email to by the application deadline. 

Mid-February 2019

Mentors start selecting students and CPU2AL makes offers to selected students.

February - March 2019

Students contact mentors to discuss the internship project and to coordinate appointment start and end dates.

Students return required forms indicating start and end dates.

April 29 - August 16, 2019

Internship Period: Students may start and end their consecutive 10-week internship during this time. CPU2AL must be notified of the start and end dates agreed on by the students and mentors.