The GTI partnered with NC State’s College of Engineering this summer to host two undergraduate internship programs. The first program was designed for students who are studying in the U.S. through a scholarship from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. These students are currently attending other U.S. universities like Brown, Emory, Purdue, and Penn State. Thirteen students joined NC State professors in their research labs and took custom computer programming classes during their month-long program. During the final evaluation of the KAUST Summer Program, all of the students said they appreciated the internships experiences and classes that were organized for them. They also enjoyed spending the month at NC State and getting to know other students and exploring campus and downtown Raleigh. Many of them commented that they would have liked to have spent more than four weeks with their professors in order to delve deeper into the lab experience.
Four female engineering students from the Palestinian Technical University in the West Bank came to NC State through the Leadership, Integrity, Fellowship, Engineering (LIFE) Scholars program. The LIFE Scholars program, which is now in its second year, pairs students with NC State professors for a full-time summer research and learning experience. These students spend two months working in research labs under the guidance of a faculty member.
“The feedback from the faculty has been great,” said Dr. Larry Silverberg, director of undergraduate programs for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. “The faculty invite the top students to apply to their research programs as graduate students.”