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Research Summer Internships/Programs (Pointers for Undergraduate students)

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Although the content of the blog can be generally applicable to all undergraduate students, I am mainly providing information targeting students studying computer science at Indian universities.

Often students with early exposure to research i.e., during their undergraduate studies look out for summer internships. Especially if you are new to research you might find it difficult to get to right information or contacts. In this blog post I would like to point out some places where you can look out for opportunities.

Research Internships are usually offered for doctoral, masters or bachelors third or final year students who would have already finished some core research courses. If you are interested in research in the first two years, you should work on building up a research profile.

  • Complete specialized courses on online platforms like Coursera
  • Attend summer schools or training programs in interested research area
  • Choose courses wisely if your curriculum has an option of providing flexible courses
  • Gain some hands on experience with atleast one or two programming languages
  • Take guidance from your seniors or alumni who are doing graduate studies

For a research internship its always better to rely on area specific mailing lists.

For example if you are interested in NLP or computational linguistics,
Corpora list is the best place to look out for Conference notifications/Internships/Jobs/PhD positions in that area.

Look out for authors of recently published papers in top conferences of your area of interest and email them directly. Go through their university webpage before
emailing them to avoid disappointment (some of them have specific
requirements or might not be interested in taking interns).

You can always ask your current supervisors or professors to recommend you to their collaborators or contacts if any of them are looking for interns.

Links to conferences and mailing lists:

Early Research Pointers : Sheet1
Area Mailing List Well known conference
NLP, Computational LinguisticsCorpora ListACL, NAACL, EMNLP, EACL
Information Retrieval
Computer Vision
Human Computer InteractionCHI Mailing listsCHI, CSCW, UIST
Speech ProcessingElsnet ListINTERSPEECH, ICASSP, SLT, ASRU
Machine LearningML newsNIPS, ICML
NLP, Data mining, MLNLPpeople
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Popular Summer Internship/Summer schools

Summer Programs : Sheet1
Programshost university/industoryarea
JHU Summer Research ExpeditionJohns Hopkins University
CERN Summer ProgramCERN Openlab
INRIA InternshipINRIA, France
IIT Bombay InternshipIIT Bombay, India
ISI Kolkata InternshipCentre for Cryptology and Security, ISI KolkataCryptology, Security
CMU Summer InternshipCMU Robotics InstituteRobotics
IISC Summer schoolIISC, Bangalore
IIT Guwahati InternshipDepartment of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Guwahati
XRCE InternhsipsXerox Research Centre EuropeMachine Learning, NLP, Vision
LXMLS Summer SchoolLisbon Machine Learning Summer schoolMachine Learning, NLP
QCRI Internship ProgramQatar Computing Research Institute
NSF Supported Summer InternshipsJelinek Summer Workshop on Speech and Language Technology (JSALT)Speech Language Technology
Computer Vision InternshipsPerceiving Systems, Max Planck Institute (Germany)Computer Vision
Globalink Research InternshipPrivate funding to collaborate with any Canadian UniversityApplicable to different disciplines
FBK Summer InternshipsFondazione Bruno KesslerLink directs to NLP Internships or positions
INSIGHT Galway, Summer InternshipsINSIGHT Galway (Earlier known as DERI)Linked data, NLP (internships, jobs & phd positions)
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Masters Programs

Apart from research internships if anyone is looking for fully-funded masters courses which allow you to spend time at different universities, have a look at below opportunities. Having an amazing experience as an Erasmus Mundus scholar, I highly recommend it. I cannot speak for all the courses but in general they are pretty good. Erasmus/EIT masters programs and scholarships are considered as very prestigious and often competitive to get full funding for non-European students.

Erasmus Mundus Masters