The Finale

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The Finale

Samantha Staskiewicz, 2019 SPS Intern, AIP FYI Science Policy Communications Intern, The College of New Jersey

I’ve been back home in New Jersey for a little over a week now, and it’s a bittersweet feeling. This summer was truly unforgettable, and I’m so grateful for all the opportunities SPS has given me.

I can’t stress enough how special this internship program was, and I truly think that any physics major interested in an internship or summer physics experience should apply. In fact, I wish I had known about this program earlier on in my college career. Although my REU program was eye-opening, it was particularly rewarding to gain physics experience that wasn’t research based.

People have often asked me if I plan to be a teacher or if I want to go to graduate school. Other career options aren’t stressed much to physics undergraduates. Because of this, I really valued being able to see everything the other interns accomplished over the summer—and how much you can truly do with physics.

Thank you, SPS, for everything. I’m definitely going to tell all of my College of New Jersey physics friends to apply for the program next year—so be on the lookout!

SPS interns take a tour of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Photo courtesy of SPS National.