Internships in Nanosystems Science, Engineering and Technology

For current program information, please visit the new INSET website:

For the summer 2015, the INSET program will accept applications only from veteran students enrolled full time at community colleges.

The Internships in Nanosystems Science, Engineering and Technology (INSET) program brings science and engineering community college undergraduates to the UC Santa Barbara campus for a summer research experience. Interns gain first-hand experience in scientific investigation in a dynamic, collaborative research environment. They are matched individually with UCSB faculty and graduate student lab mentors who provide training and support. Interns attend weekly meetings, special seminars, and have the opportunity to develop their presentation skills throughout the summer.

  •     INSET 2015 Program Dates: June 22 to August 14, 2015
  •     Application deadline: April 16, 2015, 5pm (EXTENDED TO April 24th, 2015, 5pm)
  •     Interns receive compensation during the program. They are not allowed to hold other jobs or attend summer courses during the internship.

Read the 2013 intern blog!

Students from under-represented backgrounds and with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


The Program:

The INSET program is hosted by the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) , a collaborative effort established by the State of California, situated on the campuses of UC Santa Barbara and UC Los Angeles, which targets the scientific and technological possibilities of working at the molecular scale.

It is an integrative venture that calls upon expertise from a very broad scope of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, materials science, computation, and media arts. The research at CNSI begins with nanostructure building blocks and determines new ways of seamlessly integrating those building blocks into new materials, devices and systems. By ‘mixing and matching’ components having different electronic, magnetic, optical, and structural properties, our ultimate goal is to create ‘designer materials’ and designer systems that will have capabilities far exceeding those found in nature.

INSET has a long standing collaboration with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS), a National Science and Engineering Center to study the societal implications of nanotechnology. Through this collaboration there will be two to four social science research projects associated with the INSET program this summer which will allow students to explore the societal impacts of Nanotechnology. Please see the CNS website for more information.

Over the course of the INSET program, the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) Education Programs have partnered with CNSI to sponsor two INSET interns each year in materials research projects. For more information on other MRL programs please visit the following Web site:

The INSET program was develop with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2002-2014. Current funding for the INSET program comes from the UCSB California NanoSystems Institute.