Summer Bridge Program

Summer Bridge Program

Apply here - https://legacy2016.cessrst.org/apply/summer-bridge

Each summer, CESSRST brings together a diverse group of students from a variety of majors including engineering, science, and social science for an 8-week paid internship. Interns gain the opportunity to receive hands-on research training and experiential learning in NOAA-related sciences, attend workshops and seminars, and be mentored by a world-class cadre of CESSRST researchers and scientists.   

Below is information about the Summer Bridge Program, along with the application process.

What is the Summer Bridge Program? 
Summer Bridge is an 8-week internship that provides an opportunity for students to gain practical hands-on research experience in NOAA-related sciences and research themes while learning about possible future majors and careers with NOAA and other agencies/industries that align with NOAA’s mission:

"To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, ocean, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources"

Summer Bridge interns will learn about engineering, science, and social science within these 4 areas of research: Coastal ResilienceAtmospheric HazardsWater Prediction and Ecosystem Services, and Social Science, and based on their interests, will be placed into a project. They will also learn about various fellowships and opportunities, including the CESSRST Fellowship, and gain the opportunity to be bridged into them.

Applications are now open for the 2022 Summer Bridge Program and will be reviewed as they come in. Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are filled or until May 15, 2022, which is the final deadline for submission. 

The flyers below have additional information available. 

Who can apply? 
CESSRST encourages students across many different STEM disciplines to apply, including engineering (any field), the physical sciences (especially Earth Systems Sciences, physics, chemistry, geophysics, atmospheric studies, and other related fields), math and applied math, the social sciences, and more. No prior research experience is required, and students do not need to have declared a major yet.

In 2022, CESSRST is accepting Summer Bridge applications from undergraduates of any level (including those graduating), and students in or about to start their Master’s or Ph.D. programs.

To apply, one must be a student at or entering, one of CESSRST's main campus partners, or one of the community colleges affiliated with those partners. Currently, students at the following campuses may apply: 

  • City College of the City University of New York, NY, or affiliated community colleges including:
    • Bronx Community College, CUNY, NY
    • LaGuardia Community Colleges, CUNY, NY
    • Hostos Community College, CUNY, NY
    • Queensborough Community College, CUNY, NY
    • Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, NY
  • Hampton University, VA, or affiliated community colleges including:
    • Thomas Nelson Community College, VA
    • Tidewater Community College, VA
  • San Diego State University, CA, or affiliated community colleges including:
    • San Diego City College
    • Southwestern College, CA
    • San Diego Community College District
    • San Diego Mesa College
    • Chula Vista Community College
    • Cuyamaca Community College
    • Palomar Community College
  • University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, PR
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD
    • or Community College of Baltimore County, MD
  • The University of Texas, El Paso, TX
    • or El Paso Community College, TX

Additional Eligibility Requirements
The requirements must be met by all students:  

  • Students must be US Citizens to apply. International students or permanent residents are NOT eligible for this opportunity.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Ability to commit to the full summer schedule (see below).

Summer Bridge Schedule and Location
In 2022, Summer Bridge interns will start on June 16th, and end on August 10th. 

For the first two weeks, interns will be in workshops learning a variety of software, which run Monday - Thursday, 10 am - 4 pm ET. At the end of the workshops, interns will be placed in a research group with a mentor, to work on a research project that will be showcased at an annual symposium held during the last week of the program.   

The location is to be determined. Interns outside of New York City will participate virtually in the workshops. Their research group may be hybrid. 

Program Benefits
In addition to the above, students in CESSRST Summer Bridge Program:

  • receive a $4000 (undergrad) or $6000 (graduate) stipend
  • join a group of other STEM-interested students
  • attend special seminars, lab tours, and field trips
  • receive individualized advising plus training on applying for federal scholarships and other programs to advance your career ambitions
  • participate in CESSRST's end of summer research symposium

Apply Now! 
Students will need: 

  • An unofficial copy of the transcript to upload
  • Concise and complete answers to the following two questions:
    • What are your long-term education and career goals?
    • What are your research interests?
    • For grad students only: Briefly describe what stage you are at in your graduate studies. (E.g. are you about to start?  Already involved?  Etc.)
  • OPTIONAL: A Letter of Recommendation is not required, but one can be sent to cessrst@ccny.cuny.edu. Please include your name in the subject line.

Apply here - https://legacy2016.cessrst.org/apply/summer-bridge

Questions? Email us at cessrst@ccny.cuny.edu, and include “Summer Bridge” in the subject line. 

Past Summer Bridge Sessions