Undergraduate Research Internship Scholar Experience (URISE)


About the Program
The Undergraduate Research Internship Scholar Experience (URISE) program is an exciting, new research internship program for undergraduate students interested in gaining research and work experience within the local community. Students seeking a competitive advantage for a career or advanced study are encouraged to apply.

Students without prior research experience, rising sophomores, first-generation college students, and students from underrepresented and underserved populations are strongly encouraged to apply, and will be given priority.


The Office for URaCE has partnered with Chattanooga non-profits and businesses to design research internship experiences for UTC students in all disciplines. Regardless of the company or work environment, research internships focus on solving local problems, or addressing local needs/issues. Students selected for positions will complete research internships around Chattanooga. Most research internship are paid and require a minimum commitment of one semester.


How it Works

Once an applicant is selected for a research internship position, the student joins the Undergraduate Research Internship Scholar Experience (URISE) program. URISE Scholars complete an internship with a community partner, draft research documents, discuss aspects of the research with mentors/supervisors, and present research findings at the UTC ReSEARCH Dialogues and other professional conferences. 

A unique feature of the program involves pre- application training during which students interested in applying for a research internship position work closely with Office for URaCE staff to develop application materials and prepare for an interview. Students who complete the training modules ( see topics below) also receive competency badges, which can be used to demonstrate skills to future employers or graduate schools.     


Training Modules

Creating a Professional ResumeThis module will help applicants learn tips and best practices for composing a professional resume. 

Preparing for the World of WorkThis module guides applicants through workplace best practices,  and how to successfully navigate the professional work environment. 


How to Apply

Note: The application process involves pre-application training during which prospective applicants will learn how to compose application materials and how to prepare for an interview. 


  1. Submit a program interest form.
  2. Schedule a consultation with the program coordinator to discuss the application process and complete a resume review. 
  3. Complete pre-application training. A large part of this program focuses on helping students gain critical skills to be successful in the world of work. Thus, students interested in applying for a research internship position will complete required pre-application training. Pre-application training involves developing a resume and application letter, learning how to submit a job application, preparing for a job interview, and learning business etiquette skills. After successfully completing the pre-application training, including all required quizzes and assignments, prospective applicants gain access to and can apply for available research internship positions. 

For Questions about the URISE program please contact:
Jessica Freim, Graduate Assistant,
Office for Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavor (URaCE)  
Email:  Jessica-Freim@utc.edu  or urace@utc.edu 
Phone:  423-425-5569 
Location: 102A Race Hall


While I grew up in San Diego, California, I attended college at The University of Alabama, and double majored in Psychology and Organizational Science with a minor in Spanish. I became involved in undergraduate research early on in my academic career, getting to experience all aspects of the research process from start to finish in several different labs. As part of a developmental psychology lab I was able to travel to local elementary schools and conduct assessments with the students. Then, as a lead researcher I helped manage student schedules and interacted with elementary school administrators. These research experiences helped prepare me for my senior thesis which included conducting my own research, and presenting at an undergraduate research conference. Another highlight was attending and volunteering at the national I/O Psychology conference during my senior year.  I am so thankful for every opportunity that I was afforded during my four years as an undergraduate, and credit these experiences for my acceptance into graduate school at UTC. Roll Tide and Go Mocs!