Summer Research and Internship Opportunities
Many undergraduate students engage in summer research and/or internships. These programs can help you better understand physics, learn more about a sub-field or area of physics you may be interested in pursuing as a career, give you real-world experience, and provide you with networking opportunities. There are a lot of programs available to students, and these programs can provide all sorts of exciting opportunities. Below are some other Research Opportunity links SPS has compiled:
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional organization for undergraduate physics majors. In addition to doing many things like publishing JURP, SPS has its own internship program. The SPS program offers 9.5-week long positions (June 4 – August 8, 2012) with various organizations in science policy, communication, outreach, and scientific research. All SPS internships include paid housing, a $4200 stipend, a commuting allowance, and transportation to/from Washington D.C.
SPS also supports a website designed for undergraduate physics and astronomy majors: The Nucleus. You can search the Summer Research Opportunity Clearinghouse for positions by keyword, discipline, and/or state.
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate university students to gain experience in medical physics by performing research in a medical physics laboratory or assisting with clinical service at a clinical facility. Each summer fellow receives a stipend from the AAPM.
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Minority Undergraduate Summer Experience Program (MUSE) is designed to expose minority undergraduate university students to the field of medical physics by performing research or assisting with clinical service at a U.S. institutions (university, clinical facility, laboratory, etc). The charge of MUSE is specifically to encourage minority students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) or non-Minority Serving Institutions (nMSI) to gain such experience and apply to graduate programs in medical physics.
Links to summer research programs operated through the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. This is a mix of undergraduate, teacher, and K-12 programs.
The Division of Educational Programs (DEP), Argonne National Laboratory's provides information about the various programs offered at DEP. Whether you are graduate student, undergraduate, K-12 student, or faculty member, DEP has a program that will engage you in a scientific learning experience.
The American Physical Society and IBM co-sponsor a research internship program for undergraduate women. The goal is to encourage women students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering. These salaried summer positions typically last 10 weeks, and give the opportunity to work closely with an IBM mentor.
The NSF has an important program for undergraduate students, Research Experiences for Undergraduates. The purpose of this program is to help attract a diversified pool of talented students into research careers in these fields, and to help ensure that they receive the best education possible. The undergraduate years are critical in the educational sequence, as career-choice points and as the first real opportunities for in-depth study.