Gaining work experience while earning a degree can help students learn important skills and look more attractive to graduate schools or potential employers.

AccessComputing supports summer internships through the Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, which begins taking applications in December for the following summer. Learn more about DREU here:

Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates matches women and students from underrepresented groups, including students with disabilities, with a computer science or engineering faculty mentor for summer research experiences at the mentor’s home institution.

Notices about DREU application dates are posted to the AccessComputing list during the application period. AccessComputing Team Members who apply for a summer DREU should note on their application that they participate in AccessComputing. If you have any questions about DREU, you can email any AccessComputing staff member or send an email to

Below you'll find a list of great internship opportunities. Many of these companies or organizations have employed AccessComputing Student Team Members as interns!

Research Internships

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) places students in engaging research opportunities at a variety of colleges and universities.
  • The REU for Increasing Diversity at Duke University offers research internships in engineering fields, including computer engineering, with an emphasis on including groups that are underrepresented, including students with disabilities.
  • There are many National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored sites for research experiences for undergraduates. Search for a site on the NSF's website.

Internship Programs for Students with Disabilities

  • ENTRY POINT! offers outstanding internship opportunities for students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business. Students with disabilities can apply their skills in a real-world setting in competitive summer internships.
  • The Emerging Leaders Internship Program matches undergraduate and graduate level college students with disabilities with paid summer internships at prominent corporations. Students are strongly encouraged to apply early, because early applicants have the greatest opportunity for placement in an internship.
  • The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) connects public and private sector employers with postsecondary students with disabilities. Employers can fill both temporary and permanent positions in a variety of fields, using WRP applicants. During fall, personal interviews are conducted on college campuses. By late March, a database of student information is made available to employers. Interested employers make direct contact with students about job offers. The database remains active for one year. Ask your school’s disability services or career services coordinator if WRP will be visiting your campus this fall.

Companies with Internship Programs