Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation

Current Opportunities

The Alliance maintains a listing of summer and academic year research, internship, and scholarships available to students and partner institutions. Please contact Mr. Maurice Walker ( or 434-982-0310) with questions or additions. A list of opportunities from previous years is also available.

New Opportunity!

November 1, 2020

Overview: Mahogany Mermaids is offering scholarships to two undergraduate students! They must be in a marine or environmental major and already enrolled at a 4-year institution. Eligibility requirements include: Black or African American, a United States citizen, must be a sophomore or higher in classification, and a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher overall. Please make sure you click the 'apply button' (located in the top right-hand corner) of Mahogany Mermaid's scholarship page.  Be sure to use the following link if you need to contact Mahogany Mermaids.

New Opportunity!

Overview: The Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence (LSMRCE), in collaboration with various partners including LSAMP Alliances, hosted a free speaker series for students. Topics include time management skills, preparing for graduate school, and exploring different careers and pathways in STEM. The recorded sessions can be found on the LSMRCE webpage, as well as, on the LSMRCE YouTube channel

New Opportunity!

December 31, 2020

Overview: JP Morgan Chase is seeking software engineering interns for Summer 2021 to help develop innovative solutions that impact the day-to-day lives of customers, clients, and businesses around the world. Interns will learn about JP Morgan Chase's trading platforms, digital payments, and hybrid cloud solutions. This experience will help individuals advance their careers by acquiring new skills, opportunities within a global network of support. Potential internship locations in the United States include New York, NY, Wilmington, DE, Columbus, OH, Chicago, IL, Plano, TX, Houston, TX, Seattle, WA, Tampa, FL, and San Francisco, CA.

New Alliance Opportunity!

Spring 2021: November 1

Overview: NASA internships and fellowships leverage NASA’s unique missions and programs to enhance and increase the capability, diversity and size of the nation’s future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Internships are available from high school to graduate level. The stipend award amount is based on student's academic level and the length of internship. Interns are selected and placed in projects for fall, spring and summer sessions at any NASA location. Internships provide students with the opportunity to participate in either research or other experiential learning, under the guidance of a mentor at NASA. Interested parties are encourage to use NASA's general internship application.

New search tool!

Big Data Internships and Employment: A guide designed to assist students searching for internships in Big Data, along with tools that can help them maximize an internship opportunity. The guide to Big Data Internships is provided by Discover Data Science.

New Opportunity!

January 29, 2021

Overview: The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides undergraduate research scholarships of up to $8,500 to students majoring in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Scholarships require students to participate in a faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with NASA’s mission. Student scholarships and research support totaling $4,000 during the academic year and $4,500 during the summer semester are available.

• U.S. citizen
• Enrolled as full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours) at one of the five VSGC member institutions
• In a program of study demonstrating an interest in STEM which supports NASA’s mission
• Grade point average of at least 3.0
• Graduating May 2022 or later
• Enrolled as a full-time graduate student at one of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech

New search tool!

Pathways to Search 1,500 STEM programs and funding opportunities nationwide. Check out our webinars and professional development materials. Students can find summer research listings on this site.

For even more search options and filters, try our advanced search page.
If students need help finding programs that fit their interests, please email me at and I would be happy to search our database of programs and send you recommendations.

The Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) graduate program at Virginia Tech offers students the opportunity for PhD studies in four broad categories: Cellular Signaling and Cancer, Inflammation and Immunity, Microbology, and Neurobiology.  MCB provides career development opportunities, leadership skills, teaching opportunities, and grant writing workshops to complement rigorous scientific training, providing each student the opportunity for career placement and success. For more information and how to apply:

Computer science is a growing field that has incredible career opportunities. Our guide focuses on helping minority students on why they should consider getting into the field, exploring different computer science programs and colleges, and what to look for in a computer science degree. Explore areas of computer science, career options, coding guides (including Java, C#, Python, etc.), scholarships, and more.

New Opportunity!

MUNI is a NanoEarth signature initiative. With only 11% of underrepresented people working in science and engineering jobs, MUNI strives to provide an opportunity for inspiring those groups to pursue nanoscience degrees and careers. MUNI provides access to and training opportunities on state-of-the-art nanoscience-relevant instrumentation, as well as nano-synthesis and processing laboratories, for underrepresented professionals and students. For students, MUNI serves all academic levels, from K-12, to community college students, to students in four-year programs and even graduate school.   

Centrally located in the mid-Atlantic region, MUNI is able to accommodate nationwide. An easily manageable day’s drive (seven hours or less) to Blacksburg, Virginia includes cities such as Atlanta and Columbia to the south, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Columbus to the northwest, Cleveland and Pittsburgh to the north, and Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia to the northeast. An additional two hours of travel, includes northern Florida and New York. MUNI covers travel costs and usage fees to all its facilities. MUNI participants will also get a chance to interface with a variety of professors and gain valuable insight into the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, especially as it relates to Earth and environmental science.

New Research Tool

Students, faculty and advisors can now search for opportunities in real-time using this database tool. There are two separate search tools - one for undergraduate and one for graduate students. Check it out!

New search tool!

Data Science Programs Guide: A resource providing information about Data Science related degree programs and careers.

New Research Tool

Overview: The Científico Latino Project comes from a drive to increase the pool of minority scientists and professionals by creating a platform where everyone—regardless of ethnicity, gender, or immigration status—has equal access to fellowship and scholarship opportunities, and the chance to learn from their peers to becoming successful STEM professionals and other related fields.  The project provides an online listing of REUs and have been organizing interactive workshops to let undergrads know certain information about REUs. The project is supported by faculty, undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of universities including Yale.
Undergraduate Scholarships and Fellowships | Graduate School Fellowships

Deadline: Ongoing

Spring, Summer, Fall in various locations
Complete a single application and make your data accessible to more than 100 companies simultaneously! Eligibility Requirements: at least 18 years of age; attending a Virginia university, college, or community college; Virginia residents attending accredited out-of-state colleges may also apply; should be taking at least six credit hours per semester and making demonstrated progress towards a STEM degree; completed at least 30 hours of post-secondary education credits; rising sophomore to graduated senior; STEM major; U.S. citizen or permanent resident; 2.7 GPA. Download flyer here.