OIST Research Internship Program


The OIST Graduate School offers education and research opportunities through our Research Intern program. The duration of the internship is typically from 2 to 6 months. These short-term placements give students the opportunity to gain experience in a particular laboratory or to learn a specific technique. Interns will work under the direction of a Professor and contribute to the research activities of OIST.  Current projects and faculty available for hosting reserach intern.


Internships may begin and end at any time during the year, with two application periods. For details about the application process and deadlines, please see the OIST webpage - section "Apply to Research Internship."  
Applicants are not required to have Japanese language experience - the working language will be in English.  This is a very competitive program and funding is awarded to successful applicants.  Funding may include an intenrship allowanc ean travel allowance. For more details refer to the OIST website.  Because this program and award is very competitive, we suggest you begin the application process early.
Pitt's application requirements include: 

  • Student in good standing- no disciplinary record
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA
  • Have well-defined study, research or internship plans for the program
  • Students that have completed at least 4 semesters of university-level academics are encouraged to apply.
  • Please review providers website for more requirements

Costs: The OIST website has information on funding and amounts. Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.


Academic Description: 
If you want to receive credit for an internship abroad, please consult with your academic advisor.
Biological Sciences
Arts and Sciences
Application Instructions: 

You should apply to both the Pitt online application on this website (including providing the listed required documents)  AND  complete the separate OIST application. 

Please note that Pitt's application deadline is NOT the same as the OIST deadline.  The published OIST deadline for  Summer 2023 is 10/15/22.   The Pitt application deadline for this program is 10/10/22.

SAO Staff: 

Alicia JF Olalde, M.A.

Hello! Konnichiwa! I am the Director for Global Experiences and Engagement in the Swanson School of Engineering.  After working for the JET program in Japan for just over two years, I decided to pursue a career in international education. I returned to the US via a few months of travel -slowing making my way west with many stops in stunning locations and with amazing people. Whenever possible, I continue  explore new countries and cultures and have had the good fortune to work, study and travel all over the world. I have been fortunate to work both as an administrator and as a classroom educator in higher education; my areas of interest are international, adult and comparative education.  I enjoy assisting engineering students seize global opportunities! 

Schedule an appointment

SSOE students: schedule an appointment with me using Pathways via this link!

non-SSOE students-- send me an email and we'll set up a time to meet!


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