Summer Internships

The two summer internships (offered in alternating years) below are designed to support undergraduates in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in pursuing summer research and design projects. Proposals for projects that are initiated by the students and do not have an alternative source of support from funded faculty research projects will be given special consideration. Projects with a creative or entrepreneurial focus are especially encouraged.


The Jacob M. Abel Summer Internship seeks to promote excellence in undergraduate education in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in SEAS. This internship provides a stipend of up to $5000 to assist undergraduate students in pursuing summer research projects. A special focus of this internship is the development of experiments in the undergraduate laboratory sequence and the support of creative design projects.  The 2014 winner of this internship is Elizabeth Silvestro. A copy of her resport will be available at the end of the summer.

The Herbert J. and Selma W. Bernstein Class of 1945 Internship provides financial aid for undergraduate mechanical engineering students involved in summer research projects. A stipend of up to $5000 will be awarded to support independent research projects initiated by MEAM students.  The 2013 winner of this internship is Qizhan Tam. A copy of the report can be found by clicking here.

This year we are accepting applications for the Jacob M. Abel summer internship. To apply, students must submit a current resume and a reasonably detailed description of the project (at least 1 page), including faculty advisor's name and budget covering the period during which the work will be performed, to the Undergraduate Coordinator (229 Towne Building). Students are expected to work on the project on Penn's campus.

The deadline is Monday, March 24, 2014.