CSTR offers several internship positions in various areas including Math, Chemistry, Biology, Public Health, Tinkerlab, Information Technology, Nanotechnology, Bioinformatics, Computational Chemistry, Nanotechnology, Organic Chemistry, etc. The offerings and availability changes from semester to semester depending on faculty schedule and availability.

To be considered for these internships, a complete application form, supporting information and letters of recommendation must be submitted. 

CSTR internship Application


  1. Accessible Communication and Information Technology (AICT) with Dr. Raja Kushalnagar (PI) and Dr. Christian Vogler (co-PI). Interns will develop and evaluate accessible solutions for communication and technology, such as captioned and video phones, closed captions and interpreting for internet television and accessibility in augmented or virtual reality settings.
  2. Nanotechnology and Organic Chemistry with Dr. Paul Sabila. Nanotechnology: Interns will work on various nanotechnology Projects focused on the synthesis and characterize nanomaterials from molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3). These materials have interesting properties which our research group and collaborators plan to use to construct new devices with potential applications in the next generation of semiconductors, computer processors, and flexible and wearable electronics. Organic Chemistry: Interns will work on developing new methods and optimizing conditions for synthesizing organic molecules. They will have opportunities to learn how to use various state-of-the art chemistry instruments and techniques. Interns on nanotechnology and organic chemistry projects will have opportunities to continue with paid summer internships at Gallaudet University or at one of the collaborating institutions (Howard University, Harvard University or MIT).
  3. Computational Studies with Dr. Tugba Kucukkal. Molecular modeling of disease-causing DNA variants: Computational studies will be used to understand the effects of disease-causing mutations.
  4. Immunology with Dr. Alicia Wooten. Interns will gain experience in basic laboratory skills in the field of immunology. The project will investigate the immunological responses of macrophages when exposed to various agents. The goal of this project is to gain a greater understanding of how the immune system functions in specific environments. Institution museums are located. The underground Metrorail system makes travel between hotspots quick and easy. Washington, DC has a vibrant culture and nightlife popular with people of all ages and interests.

Funding: These internships are possible only through the generous support of the NASA/DC Space Grant Consortium, the National Science Foundation (NSF DMR 1231319; NSF REU 1757836), and, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Student Fellowship.

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Center for Science and Technology Research (CSTR)

Hall Memorial Building N318

(202) 559-5622


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