Summer Research for International Students

Undergraduate summer research internships in Computer Science for international students.


Carnegie Mellon Computer Science Department offers a ten (10) week Summer International Student Program to provide training in and development of research and other educational skills in computer science to international students with great promise for graduate studies. 

The program will typically starts during the last week of June. The activities will take place Monday through Friday for 10 weeks. Each Student will be mentored by a faculty advisor in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. 

The Program is intended to provide opportunities for students to observe and undertake research processes and methodologies assigned to by their faculty advisor. Participants attend technical talks and activities to learn about differences in research processes between their countries and the U.S. 

Although the program is educational in nature, the students will not receive Carnegie Mellon degrees, or academic credit for their participation, and will not own intellectual property rights for their assignments at Carnegie Mellon.

Application Information

Application deadline: March 15, 2024

Recommendations from three faculty members, or by a faculty panel, including the department head or the dean of their universities are required. Admission is contingent on the successful matching of the students with faculty mentors and the admission decision is at the discretion of Carnegie Mellon.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application to the program.

Application information that will be requested:

  • Resumé
  • Personal Statement
  • Contact Information (phone and address)
  • A list of papers published or submitted
  • Academic Record (GPA)
  • TOEFL score, if available
  • Top five choices of School of Computer Science faculty mentors of interest at Carnegie Mellon
  • Up to three research areas of interest

The the applicant should request three letters of recommendation to be sent to us directly, including one from their department head or school dean, certifying that the student has adequate English language proficiency and prior knowledge and training in computer science, and deemed to have great promise for graduate studies by the department.

Once admitted, the student is responsible for a program administrative fee of $1600 USD. Such payment shall be made in full in US dollars via Carnegie Mellon’s online payment system 45 days prior to the start of the program.  Payment instructions will be provided by Carnegie Mellon through separate correspondence.