Carnegie Summer Undergraduate Internships

Carnegie Observatories is seeking undergraduate students interested in focused astronomical research projects, to be conducted over summer 2019. Astronomy, physics, engineering, computer science, or math majors are eligible to apply. Prior research experience is not required to apply for/participate in the Carnegie program. One goal of the Carnegie summer program is to increase the participation and retention of under-represented groups in astronomy. We encourage under-represented minorities1, first-generation college students, and women to apply. 

Carnegie Observatories is one of the top astronomical research institutions in the world with experts in observational and theoretical astronomy and a world-class instrumentation group.  Using data taken from Carnegie's telescopes in Chile, students will have the chance to work with senior researchers on topics such as exoplanets, the first galaxies in the Universe, accreting black holes, dark matter, and the life and death of stars. Interested students can also work with Carnegie scientists and engineers on the next generation of cameras and spectrographs for our telescopes. 

Students will work for 10 weeks in the summer with scientists at Carnegie Observatories on projects spanning the field of astronomy. Selected students will receive a $5000 stipend for the full 10 weeks. Housing assistance may be available as well as travel assistance up to $300 for travel from home or campus to southern California. Upon successful completion of the program, all students will also be given the opportunity to attend the American Astronomical Society meeting the following January to present their research. In addition to research, Carnegie Summer Interns will participate in a coding bootcamp during the first week of the program as well as the educational program designed to teach crucial scientific communication skills.

Applicants must be United States Citizens, Permanent Residents, or have a F-1 visa with OPT eligibility and be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program. Applicants must be enrolled at a university or college in Southern California at the time of their application. Participants may not have graduated from their 4-year institution before the beginning of the summer internship, but community college students may be in the process of transferring to a 4-year institution. To be eligible for the program, applicants must have completed a full year of college-level physics, engineering, computer science, or math by the start of the program.  

1 A study conducted by the National Science Foundation found that "three racial and ethnic groups—blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians or Alaska Natives—are underrepresented" in Science and Engineering. 

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