2022 SPS Summer Internship Positions

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Education and Outreach Positions

AIP History Program Intern (updated for 2022)

Joint Hosts: AIP Center for History of Physics and Niels Bohr Library & Archives (1 available)

Are you curious about the human story behind scientific discoveries? Are you interested in bringing more attention to underrepresented voices in the history of science? The AIP Center for History of Physics (CHP) and the Niels Bohr Library & Archives (NBLA) are looking for an intern to develop educational resources and to conduct outreach on topics in the history of the physical sciences. In the first half of the summer, the intern will work with CHP to create new lesson plans and other resources for the AIP Teaching Guides on the History of the Physical Sciences. In the second half of the summer, the intern will work with NBLA to conduct outreach related to topics in the history of physical sciences. This outreach could take the form of a bibliography for related reading and research, posters/flyers/other graphic print announcements, bookmarks and other promotional materials, or a small museum-style exhibit. The intern will also create an outreach plan to promote their exhibit on various outlets, including a newsletter article, blog post, Facebook, and/or Twitter.

 
Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated writing skills
  • Interest in public outreach and informal education
  • Strong creative skills, visual presentation and/or marketing skills
  • Completion of at least two years of college physics
  • Ability to effectively communicate scientific topics to pre-college students

Society of Rheology/Soft Matter Kitchen Intern (updated for 2022)

Host: Society of Rheology & American Institute of Physics (1 available) 

Food is a universal route for the understanding and appreciation of soft matter physics and rheology. The Society of Rheology (a founding member of AIP) is looking for a summer intern to work with staff to create high quality, food-based content as part of the Soft Matter Kitchen online initiative. This initiative—currently hosted at www.arif.zone/home/kitchen—aims to use food as an avenue for explaining rheological and soft matter concepts in an exciting, approachable way. The content will eventually be incorporated into the Society of Rheology’s various outreach programs. The intern will assist in researching food materials along with relevant soft matter and rheological concepts, and in producing essays or video content. The intern will also have the chance to promote the project on various outlets, including an article for the Society’s biannual newsletter, as well as the Society’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. We are looking for an enthusiastic, curious researcher to help the Society showcase how rheology and soft matter are present in everyday life in ways that are both functional and fun.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated writing and research skills
  • Organized, self-starter
  • Experience in project development or project management

APS Education & Diversity Intern (Updated for 2022)

Host: American Physical Society (1 available)

The American Physical Society (APS) is seeking a full-time Education & Diversity Summer Intern who is interested in learning more about the national data that drive many of our programs and how we promote cultural changes in physics. Specific tasks include updating national physics education statistics webpages, including detailed analysis and documentation of the data. Additional tasks may involve developing materials to publicize department programs, such as written articles, brochures, or videos. Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Excel (required).
  • Experience in Python required. 
  • Experience in R and/or other coding languages strongly desired.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Strong organization, documentation, and prioritization skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to adapt to quickly changing schedules.
  • Ability to work well with interdepartmental teams as well as independently.
  • Knowledge of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices and research (desired).

APS Public Engagement Intern (Updated for 2022)

Host: American Physical Society (1 available)

The American Physical Society (APS) is seeking a full-time Public Engagement Summer Intern who is interested in creating user-friendly interfaces to help connect teachers with professional physicists to virtually visit their classrooms. This recently launched “Physicist to Go” program requires a seamless platform to match interested teachers and physicists.  The intern’s specific tasks will include surveying teachers and physicists to identify their platform needs and choosing interfaces that enable them to find their ideal match in the shortest and easiest possible time. We are looking for an intern passionate about technology trends, design, and devices to support the development process for the Physicist to Go interface.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in website design and/or app design (strongly desired).
  • Experience in survey design and implementation (desired).
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Strong organization, documentation, and prioritization skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to adapt to quickly changing schedules.
  • Ability to work well with interdepartmental teams as well as independently.

SPS Science Outreach Catalyst Kit Intern (updated for 2021)

Host: Society of Physics Students, American Institute of Physics (1 available)

Are you passionate about sharing physics with the next generation? Do you like developing fun and educational science activities? SPS Science Outreach Catalyst Kits (SOCKs)  are self-contained kits that feature creative, informative, and hands-on physics activities for SPS chapters nationwide to use in outreach programs in their communities. The SOCK intern will work on the summer 2022 SOCK from inception to completion by brainstorming, testing, designing, and refining activities. The intern will participate in several physics outreach events over the course of the summer, work on related physics and astronomy outreach materials, and will write a manual that will accompany the SOCK. The science theme for the 2022 SOCK will be determined in coordination with the selected intern with at least some focus on the 2023/24 eclipses. 

Qualifications:

  • Interest in public outreach and education
  • Experience in outreach or education with K-12 students
  • Ability to effectively communicate scientific topics to non-scientists
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience with science outreach or education preferred

AAPT Teacher Professional Development Programs Intern (updated for 2022)

Host: American Association of Physics Teachers (1 available)

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) seeks an SPS intern to help develop and disseminate resources for AAPT’s K-12 teacher professional development programs, including face-to-face and digital resources. The intern will have the opportunity to develop a suite of curricular resources, develop and moderate monthly webinars, craft blogs, learn about and contribute to federal education policy, and engage in various grant programs related to teacher leadership, heliophysics, the integration of physics and computation, advancing women in physics, and more. The intern will have the opportunity to attend the AAPT Summer Meeting and provide hands-on programming to high school teacher attendees. The intern will also support eMentoring and online learning by assisting with pairings of mentors and mentees, program evaluation, arranging for a webinar series, and streamlining online resources. 

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated writing skills
  • Interest in teaching, particularly at the high school level
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Some experience as a teaching or learning assistant or other classroom teaching, experience using technology in physics education, and familiarity with the Next Generation Science Standards preferred.
  • Experience with computation, engineering, or project-based learning will be a plus.

Physics Today Science Writing Intern (updated for 2022)

Host: American Institute of Physics - Physics Today (1 available)

Physics Today, the world’s leading physics magazine, seeks an editorial intern for the magazine and its website. Responsibilities include writing about new studies in the physical sciences, doing research for stories under development for the magazine, and helping with PT’s social media accounts. This is a great opportunity for someone considering a career in science journalism.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated writing skills
  • Excellent communication skill
  • Familiarity with Facebook and Twitter preferred

Science Policy Positions

AIP Mather Public Policy Intern - Capitol Hill (updated for 2022)

Host: American Institute of Physics (AIP) and Congressional Offices on Capitol Hill (2 available)
*US citizenship required 

AIP Mather Public Policy interns are physics majors who spend the summer working in a congressional office on Capitol Hill. Interns provide support to representatives and staff as needed on a range of issues. While duties vary depending on assignment, previous Mather interns have attended and helped prepare for hearings and markups, written letters to constituents, gathered background materials related to votes, and provided general support to the offices.  The AIP Mather Public Policy Internship Program is supported by the John and Jane Mather Foundation for Science and the Arts, and aims to promote awareness of and interaction with the policy process in Washington DC for undergraduate physics students.

Specific placements for Mather interns are arranged on an individual basis after they are selected. Previous AIP Mather policy interns have worked in member offices (including Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL 11), Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ 1), and others) and committee offices (US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology).

Qualifications

  • Interest in science policy
  • Basic understanding of how Congress and the US government works
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • US Citizenship

 AIP Mather Public Policy Intern - NIST (Updated for 2022)

Host: American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the National Institute for Standards and Technology  (1 available)

The Office of Advanced Manufacturing at NIST runs a number of advanced manufacturing innovation programs.  The AIP Policy Intern could anticipate working on the Manufacturing USA program, a $3 billion public-private partnership consisting of sixteen R&D institutes that each work in different technology areas and aim to create new industries in the United States.  For more information, see www.manufacturingusa.com.  

The office convenes and enables industry-led, private-public partnerships that focus on manufacturing innovation by engaging U.S. universities, state and local governments, and technology manufacturers.  It uses an integrated whole-of-government advanced manufacturing initiative to facilitate collaboration and information sharing across federal agencies, including NSF, DOE, DoD, NASA and others.  By coordinating federal resources and programs, the office enhances technology transfer in U.S. manufacturing industries and helps companies overcome technical obstacles to scale-up new technologies and products.

We anticipate that the AIP Policy intern would work on a mixture of our day-to-day policy needs and, if interested, could work on a summer capstone project as well.  The intern could anticipate in-person or virtual visits to Capitol Hill and to other executive branch agencies.  Our twin goals are for the American people to receive the benefit of the intern’s thoughtful, dedicated work, and for the intern to receive a valuable educational experience through exposure to science and technology policy making. 


AIP FYI Science Policy News Intern (updated for 2022)

Host: American Institute of Physics (1 available)

Are you interested in how science informs public policy and how the government sets policies that impact science? Do you want to help communicate policy developments to scientists? If so, consider applying for a summer internship with FYI, an objective science policy news and resource center supported by the American Institute of Physics.

The AIP Science Policy News Intern will help the FYI team research, write, and distribute news articles about federal science policy debates and decisions. To improve the FYI team’s awareness of science policy developments, the intern will attend and summarize a wide variety of events, including congressional hearings, think tank discussions, and federal advisory committee meetings. The intern may also have the opportunity to be the lead author for one or more articles.

Qualifications

  • Interest in science policy
  • Interest in communicating policy developments
  • Demonstrated writing skills

Science Research Positions

Machine Learning Intern (NEW)

Host: Potomac Research LLC (1 available)

Machine learning has revolutionized our understanding of what computers can do, from speech and facial recognition to automated translation between languages.  An exciting frontier is to apply these breakthroughs to the problem of scientific discovery itself.  Potomac Research has ongoing projects to push the limits of machine learning for predicting, controlling, and understanding physical phenomena.  The intern will perform a self-contained research project at the intersection of nonlinear dynamics and machine learning culminating in a research presentation and whitepaper. 

Qualifications:

  • Strong Python programming skills
  • Experience with numerical libraries such as NumPy and SciPy
  • Good writing and presentation skills
  • Familiarity with nonlinear dynamics preferred

 

Science Research: NASA Goddard Research Intern (updated for 2021)

Host: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (2 available)

SPS interns will work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.  Several possible projects are listed below.

Potential Project 1 - EXCLAIM: 

The Experiment for Cryogenic Large-aperture Intensity Mapping (EXCLAIM) is a Goddard-led balloon mission that will make three-dimensional maps of the universe and tell us how stars form and galaxies evolve across cosmic time. It will do this by using a cutting-edge "spectrometer on a chip" coupled to a cryogenic telescope to measure redshifted line emission from star-forming gas. The instrument is ~2700 kg, the size of a small bus, and will be lofted to ~30 km altitude from a launch site in New Mexico in 2022 and 2023 flights. Balloons offer a chance to work on technology typically a decade ahead of space missions and have a significant impact through work on a small team. Physics projects focus on instrumentation and range across astrophysics, cryogenics, condensed matter, and data analysis. There are also numerous opportunities to gain expertise in overlapping engineering disciplines (mechanical, aerospace, software, systems and electrical).  Several components of the EXCLAIM instrument are in a design or analysis phase, and they can be well-supported in a virtual environment, as needed.

Potential Project 2 - Astrophysical Detectors and Instrumentation: 

Our lab is currently developing instrument systems for far-infrared astrophysical applications. The enabling technologies currently under development include highly sensitive cryogenic detectors, superconducting readout electronics, and absorptive coatings based on dielectric mixtures and photonic media. The focus of the research effort can be tailored and typically involves simulation of existing devices, analysis of test data, and/or the design of novel new components. A variety of projects are available to choose from to best meet the candidate's research interests and background.

Computer Skills: The following are helpful, but not required as many students can learn these skills as needed: MatLab, SolidWorks, COMSOL, LabView, Python.

Technical Skills:  Successful candidate should have an interest in solving practical experimental challenges in a research environment. Interest in electronics, electromagnetics and/or instrumentation design desirable

Qualifications

  • Previous research experience preferred
  • Must meet the eligibility requirements for the NASA internship program including US citizenship

Science Research: NIST Research Intern (updated for 2021)

Host: National Institute for Standards and Technology (2 available)

Position description for 2022 is pending, but the position description for a previous SPS NIST Research intern is below.

Prior NIST Research Intern Position Description: Identifying biomolecules in solution
A new sensor is being developed at NIST that will uniquely identify individual biomolecules in complex solutions. The sensor is based on a solid-state nanopore with molecular-scale features and an integrated transistor using a 2 dimensional semiconductor. This device will take advantage of the fact that every molecule has a unique electrostatic profile, arising from the unique arrangement of functional groups, ligands, and heteroatom within the molecular structure. The intern will assist in some of the nanofabrication steps, electrical testing, and fluidic testing using targeted molecules.

Qualifications

  • Interest in physics research
  • Previous laboratory/measurement experience, especially in the area of electronics or materials
  • Programming skills a plus