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Applied Machine Learning Summer Research Internship

Creates next-generation leaders in Machine Learning for Scientific Applications

September 13, 2017
New Mexico Landscape


  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Nickole Aguilar Garcia
  • (505) 665-3048
  • Email

The Applied Machine Learning Summer Research Internship is an intense 10 week program aimed at providing graduate students with solid foundation in modern machine learning (ML) through applications in geophysics, grid science, cancer genomics, and materials science. This is a paid position that may also include reimbursement for approved travel expenses.


Students will learn hands-on by engaging in scientific research using machine learning. Research will be performed in small collaborations, guided by mentors with scientific and computational expertise.

The program will begin with a one-week crash course on machine learning techniques relevant to the internship projects. Topics include supervised and unsupervised learning, deep learning architectures, state-of-the art ML software packages, and data visualization / interpretation.

Students will work on high performance computing clusters, apply practical ML tools, and gain experience in communicating their work through posters and oral presentations. We aim for high-impact summer projects that will lead to peer-reviewed, co-authored publications.


This multi-disciplinary program is designed for graduate students from all STEM fields who are seeking to incorporate machine learning into their research careers. As a general guideline, students should have a background in one of the following: probability theory, statistical methods, algorithms, or statistical learning. Experience with ML packages such as scikit-learn, Theano, Torch, or TensorFlow is especially encouraged.

To apply, submit:

  • Current resume
  • Unofficial or official university transcript (with Spring courses and/or copy of Spring 2018 schedule) 
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member
  • Letter of intent stating strengths, goals, interests, and how the AML internship will help you achieve your goals

Procedures for submitting application materials will be posted here in November 2017.

Duration & Location

The program will last approximately 10 to 12 weeks (TBD) from June through August 2018, and will be held at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be accepted to or enrolled in a graduate degree program 
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 6 graduate credit hours per academic term 
  • Must have and maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2/4.0 or better 
  • Must pass employment drug screening

Students must be available to live and work in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Applications must be submitted by January 8, 2018.

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