Prairie Research Institute


In collaboration with the Graduate College’s Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), PRI offers hands-on summer internships that enable undergraduate students from populations underrepresented in graduate study at Illinois to explore careers in science.

During the 10-week summer program, interns are immersed in hands-on field and lab projects, led by PRI’s expert staff, for 30 to 40 hours each week. Interns also participate in other professional and career development activities and learn about the pathway to graduate study. As a capstone, each student presents at the Illinois Summer Research Symposium.

Each summer intern receives:

  • a $4,000 stipend
  • funds to cover travel to/from Urbana-Champaign
  • on-campus housing and meals, plus supplies for workshops and symposiums

The application period for summer 2022 internships is now closed. If you have any questions about the PRI internships, please contact Angie Coy (

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