An intern speaks with an RTI researcher at our annual internship research showcase


Mentoring undergraduate and graduate students across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development

Our emphasis on building relationships with universities extends to our well-rounded internships program. By mentoring the brightest undergraduate and graduate minds in a variety of disciplines at our North Carolina headquarters and other offices in the United States and around the world, we help to expand our research and capabilities, while also creating a vibrant network of intern alumni who go on to assume roles at the institute and elsewhere.

Apply Your Academic Studies to Real-World Challenges

Our internship program places a premium on creating opportunities for hands-on experience and engaged learning for undergraduate and graduate student interns. If you are in the planning stages and want to learn about co-op, practicum, or course credit placements, we encourage you to consult both your advisor at your home institution and our program leadership.

Turn Your Knowledge and Skills from Academic Coursework into Action

Our interns receive mentored learning experiences designed to enhance their professional development and career goals, while making a meaningful contribution to our mission of improving the human condition. Our internships offer students opportunities to work in a multidisciplinary international and independent research institute while helping to advance current and exploratory projects.


Our experienced internship program staff can help you with the application process.