Research and Internships

Emory University is one of the nation's leading liberal arts and research universities, building on an uncommon combination of campus-based resources and global partnerships. Where we are truly unique, however, lies in the experiential learning opportunities we provide at the undergraduate level. In addition to tackling rigorous academic coursework and projects, Emory undergraduates participate in research and internships that deepen their liberal arts learning and develop foundational skills to build on in graduate school, work, and life.

Emory College and Oxford College faculty and staff welcome the chance to work with undergraduates as they conduct research and explore internship opportunities. Undergraduates pursuing research positions get to take advantage of Emory's exceptional facilities and laboratories, and have a hands-on role with cutting-edge projects. Students can intern on-campus, in Atlanta, throughout the United States and the world, with about 2,000 internships locally and 10,000+ globally. Our campuses and proximity to Atlanta enhance these learning experiences, as do the University's seven graduate and professional schools and library facilities. Learn more about the research and internships opportunities that foster collaborative and cross-disciplinary intellectual growth at Emory College and Oxford College, by clicking on the links below.

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Emory College

Undergraduate Research at Emory College

Emory College faculty and staff support undergraduate research in many ways, providing opportunities for students to participate in mentored research in all fields. Over the past academic year, 56 percent of students worked on academic and/or artistic research with a faculty member. Research spans all disciplines including the humanities, arts, sciences, and social and behavioral studies. Motivated first-year students can even participate in the many opportunities available.

Undergraduates interested in conducting research can do so both domestically and abroad through Undergraduate Research Programs (URP). URP promotes undergraduate research projects through grants, faculty-student research partnerships, and summer research stipends. URP include independent grants, the Research Partners Program, and summer partnerships and travel awards.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is a program within URP supporting undergraduates who wish to explore, experience, and conduct cutting-edge research in all fields including the humanities, social sciences, arts and biological sciences. During the 10-week summer program, SURE Fellows conduct full-time research and develop the scientific skills most important to success in a professional career. The program culminates in a poster symposium where students formally present their work to esteemed faculty.


Most Emory students will have at least one internship during their four years. Students can intern starting in their freshman year, and can choose from opportunities in Atlanta, throughout the United States, and across the globe. The Career Center provides extensive resources to assist student in securing an internship position, whether one of the nearly 2,000 internships in Atlanta or 10,000+ globally. In addition, students find the tools needed to effectively interview and land an internship, such as mock interviewing, career assessment, pre-professional counseling, and more.

Atlanta is the business and cultural center of the South, making for lots of internship experiences. Recently, students have interned with organizations as diverse and impressive as The Coca-Cola Company, the NBA Atlanta Hawks, CNN, The Carter Center, Deloitte, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Honors Program

Students committed to further research in their fields of study should also consider participating in their concentration's Honors Program. Administered by a faculty Honors Committee, these programs enable students to do intensive work in a chosen area and therefore involve work that extends beyond ordinary course requirements and ordinary standards of performance. All students with a cumulative average of 3.50 at the end of their first three years are eligible for these programs. Participants in the Honors Program conduct original research, write a thesis, and defend their work in front of a committee. Graduates are recognized with the distinctions of honors (cum laude), high honors (magna cum laude), and highest honors (summa cum laude).

Oxford College

Research within Each Discipline

At Oxford College, research opportunities are available to students during their first year and sophomore year through their professors in academic areas of interest. Oxford also offers access to the Undergraduate Research Programs, including the Summer Undergraduate Research at Emory (SURE) program. In the SURE-Oxford program, students work with Oxford faculty for 10 weeks in the summer as researchers on projects across many disciplines, including the humanities, arts, sciences, and behavioral sciences.

Oxford Research Scholars Program

Students chosen as Oxford Research Scholars receive a stipend and are given the chance to present their work during the annual Oxford Research Scholars Spring Symposium. As program participants, students learn how research within their disciplines, are introduced to current research in their fields, and learn how research is organized and funded. Through knowledge of and direct involvement in research, students obtain a different perspective on learning.

Honors Program

The Oxford College Honors Program is designed to encourage, develop, and reward academic excellence. Each spring selected sophomore students who demonstrate a high level of interest, ability, and initiative are offered a choice to enroll in one of three honors seminars. These seminars offer a rich and unique opportunity to students to become citizen scholars by encouraging their intellectual growth, participation in vigorous discussion, and demonstration of self-motivation and independent inquiry. These ideals exemplify Oxford's emphasis on a liberal arts intensive education.