Apply to the Program

Application Instructions for the Master's Industrial Internship Program in chemistry or applied physics. Please read the following instructions completely before attempting to complete the online application.

Application Deadline:
We will continue to accept applications for 2015 until all tracks are full. Currently accepting applications for polymer, semiconductor and optics tracks. Feel free to contact Lynde Ritzow to inquire about the status a particular track:

Note: We are no longer accepting applicaitons for the bioinformatics track for 2015.

In order to complete the online application process, you must:

1. Prepare a candidate's statement.
In approximately 500 words, please describe any relevant scientific experience you have that makes you a strong candidate for this program. In addition to your academic qualifications, your statement should incorporate your potential strengths as an employee in industry and why you feel this program is a good fit for your career goals. You can do this in advance in another application program and then copy and paste it into the appropriate space on the form. You may also download the documents directly.

2. Submit three letters of recommentation.
Request to have three letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf by faculty and/or supervisors. Though your recommenders will be notified by email that you have applied and requested a letter, it is up to you to ensure they have actually filled out the online recommendation form, so make sure they know to expect to hear from us. Once you have filled out the application, we will notify you as your letters of support arrive.

3. Submit your transcripts.
Have official or unofficial transcripts of all your undergraduate and graduate work (including work at the University of Oregon) sent to the address below - or upload copies directly to the application. You will need to provide official transcripts if you are admitted and decide to attend, but unofficial copies are acceptable at this time.

Industrial Internship Program
Materials Science Institute
1252 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403

4. Apply for Summer Term.
The program begins summer term. If you have questions about this, please contact Lynde Ritzow:

5. Fill out the application for the appropriate major.
Very important. The majors are listed alphabetically under the College of Arts and Sciences. If you choose a general chemistry, physics or biology major, you will be applying to the PhD. program. Please choose the following from the drop-down menu:

Physics - choose "Applied Physics - Internship Master's."

Chemistry - choose "Chemistry - Internship Master's."

Biology - choose "Biology - Internship Master's"

6. Take the TOEFL if you are a non-native speaker.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language is required for non-native speakers of English. Requests to waive the TOEFL requirement or for permission to be admitted with the intent to take the exam upon arrival will not be accommodated. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score for admission to this program is 620 (105 for the new iBT version), which is higher than the University of Oregon minimum.

We will also accept the IELTS in lieu of the TOEFL. Our minimum score requirement is 7.5.

7. If you are an international student, see additional university requirements:

8. Contact us if you have questions or problems with the application. We're here to help:

Lynde Ritzow, Director Recruitment and Marketing OR 541-346-6835


Applicants under consideration will be interviewed during the candidate review process.

We will email you within five days of receiving your online application. If you do not hear from us, there may have been a transmission error. Please contact us directly at the number or email above so we can help.

CLICK HERE for the Application

Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions about applying. Thanks!


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