Dr. Keith Andrew and Dr. Edward Kintzel with undergraduate studentsDrighten Research is frequently searching for students to work on projects with industry and university partners.

Volunteer Program

Drighten Research's volunteer program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn and apply research and technolgy. It is designed to teach the practical applications of theory learned in universities through collaborative research and hands-on experiences.

The student volunteer program, though not a paying position, has many benefits for students. Most notably is that it proves beneficial for recent college graduates to have prior Drighten Research experience when they apply for positions within the Drighten Research. Students can utilized their research conducted at the Drighten Research towards gaining college credit. In addition, the research and technical skills developed at Drighten Research will ultimately help the students in their future career choices.

Positions Available

Volunteering opportunities are available for students enrolled in or with a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics related majors. The volunteering program is available for a select number of students at a time. Due to higher interest during the summer months, students are encouraged to partcipate in a research project that will be beneficial to Drighten Research during their volunteer internship.

Course Credit

Drighten Research will support students who have a specific research topic they wish to develop to earn college credit. However, the topic must be preapproved by Drighten Research in advance of starting their volunteer internship. The specific criteria necessary to earn credit will also need to be coordinated between Drighten Research and the teacher involved.


A candidate must be a graduate or undergraduate student at the beginning the volunteer internship. It is recommended that the applicant have or be pursing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics related majors.


Volunteers will work with Drighten Research to arrange for a flexible work schedule. Volunteer interns are expected to work at least 40 hours during an 8 to 12 week period during the summer months. Volunteer positions are offered during the Fall, and Winter/Spring semesters as well with more flexible working hours.

Application Deadlines

March 15th: Summer program applications are due.
July 15th: Fall program applications are due.
November 15th: Winter/Spring program applications are due.


Contact us to request an application form.