Summer Internships and Workshops for Undergrads and Graduate Students [Wiki]

by Kelle on January 31, 2011

I’d like to compile a list of internships and summer workshops for undergrads and graduate students on the wiki. The goal is to have a list that goes beyond the well known REUs to include other research programs for undergrads like the Caltech and JPL SURF program. Also, I’d like the list to include visiting programs and workshops for graduate students like the IPAC Visiting Graduate Fellowship and the ALMA Hands-On Tutorials.

If you know of any programs that should be listed, please leave a comment here or, even better, go ahead and add it to the wiki page. (Don’t worry about formatting…As the page gets filled in, I’ll reorganize it and/or separate the undergrad programs and workshops into two pages.)

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Claire January 31, 2011 at 9:30 am

Please add the NIST SURF program to the list. Until recently, it was of limited interest to astronomers, but we have several groups in both Boulder and Gaithersburg doing research related to astronomy, both observing and laboratory experiments.


2 Niall January 31, 2011 at 9:31 am

Dunno if you are limiting this to the US but the Royal Society of Edinburgh run the Cormack Scholarships for summer research at Scottish astronomy departments


3 Kelle January 31, 2011 at 9:39 am

No, not at all limited to the US. But I guess we should list citizenships requirements, if they exist.

Are the US NSF REUs are limited to US citizens?

4 Marcel Haas January 31, 2011 at 9:44 am

Nice initiative! I’d suggest you add the Summer Student Programs of STScI as well:


5 Erin January 31, 2011 at 10:02 am

Kelle- the NSF REUs are limited to US citizens or permanent residents.


6 TT January 31, 2011 at 10:08 am

The NSF East Asia Pacific Summer Institute offers grad students an opportunity to do summer research in international settings:


7 Carolyn January 31, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Hey Kelle,

The Sagan Summer Workshop on Microlensing is at Caltech from 25th-29th July, and is aimed at grad students and early career postdocs (a little later than your main audience, but still relevant). Considering the general lack of community knowledge re: microlensing, no prior experience is assumed, and we’ll be walking people from scratch through how to analyse microlensing data.
Registration opens Feb 4th, and the deadline for financial aid requests is March 4th.



8 Peter January 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm

There are also some Astronomy opportunities as part of some of the NSF Physics REUs (e.g., the TCU REU)


9 Kelle January 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Wow, great programs so far, and most I’ve never heard of!

But please consider adding the programs to the wiki page yourselves! If that’s too much work, at least include full URLs to the programs and as much information as possible (@Peter and @Claire). The whole point of the wiki is to spread out the work…help me out here and save me the Googling. Thanks!


10 Saurav February 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Kelle, it might be worth adding a list of pre-doctoral programs as well. I know Lowell Observatory has been trying to get more visibility for its pre-doc program; so it must be the case for most research-only institutions.


11 Carolyn February 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Thanks for doing this, Kelle – the number of emails I get a year asking me about interning opportunities at Spitzer is astonishing. It’s nice to have a place to point them to 🙂


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