The SPS summer internship program offers 10-week positions for undergraduate physics students in science research, education and policy with various organizations in the Washington, DC area. All internships include paid housing, a competitive stipend, support to attend a national physics meeting in the year following the internship, and transportation to and from Washington, DC.
Students are placed in organizations that use the interns energy and diversity to engage in meaningful assignments relevant to their host organization and promote advancement of physics and astronomy. Participating organizations assign one or more mentors from their senior staff to guide each intern’s work and overall experience. The SPS National Office administers the program, hosts joint orientation and concluding sessions, and coordinates group activities throughout the summer.
A full list of program placement sites can be found here.
To be considered for the SPS Internship Program, all applicants must complete the full SPS Internship Application in the online awards system - by January 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. The full SPS Internship Application includes:
Internship Application Form
Resume and Transcript (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
2 Letters of Recommendation
For more information, visit www.spsnational.org/programs/internships.
16 openings. Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Interns will receive at least a $5,000 stipend (not including tax) for the 10-week summer program. Additionally, interns are allotted up to $1,000 to travel and present their research/project at a national physics meeting.
About American Institute of Physics - Society of Physics Students
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association explicitly designed for students and their advisers. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. The only requirement for membership is that you be interested in physics. Besides physics majors, our members include majors in astronomy, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, and other fields.Within SPS is housed Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, which elects members on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. This unique two-in-one society operates within the American Institute of Physics, an umbrella organization for ten other professional science societies.
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