2024 SPS Summer Internship Positions

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Applying for a 2024 SPS internship?

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Applications open November 1, 2023.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2024.

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Education and Outreach Positions

AIP History/NBLA Program Intern

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 educational materials such as new lesson plans 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 Wikipedia edits on their chosen topic. The intern will also create an outreach plan to promote their exhibit on various outlets, including writing for the History Newsletter and/or Ex Libris Universum blog, as well as social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, or other outlets.


  • 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

APS Careers Programs Intern 

Host: American Physical Society (1 available)

APS is seeking an enthusiastic, engaged candidate to support our work of conducting research on physics jobs, creating career development resources, and keeping students and early career scientists, and their mentors, better informed on career prospects for physicists.

The intern will carry out a review of physicist profiles and job prospects on the APS careers website. In this role, the intern will conduct interviews with physicists to update current profiles and draft new profiles. Additionally, the candidate will work on a plan to revamp and reorganize the content within the careers job prospects pages (“common career paths”) as well as find points of connection between these pages and physicist profiles.


  • A creative, enthusiastic self-starter who works well with others
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, preferably with experience connecting with and interviewing people working in various roles
  • Candidate should be passionate about promoting the many career options available to those with a physics degree

APS Education Programs Intern 

Host: American Physical Society (1 available)

The American Physical Society (APS) leads, manages, and contributes to a variety of programs, meetings, and other activities that advance physics and promote equity and inclusion. The intern will work with APS staff who contribute to programs that promote physics teachers, improve how physics courses are taught, help departments address issues like student recruitment and retention, improve mentoring practices, and create inclusive environments. They will create a process to track participation across APS programs and activities, as well as connect these data to other data sources, such as federal data about physics degree recipient demographics. Additionally, the intern will create “journey maps” that describe how they and their fellow interns and student colleagues might engage with APS programs throughout their physics careers in higher education, industry, K-12 education, and beyond. We are looking for an intern who is passionate about supporting the diversity of peoples in the growing physics community.



 Experience in creating and using spreadsheets in Excel and/or Google Sheets (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.
  • Understanding of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Experience in remote work environments (desired).


APS Public Engagement STEP UP Intern 

Host: American Physical Society (1 available)

Improving diversity, representation and inclusion in the physics discipline starts in middle and high school science classrooms. If this interests you, and you share our goal of supporting the physics community in promoting widespread participation and engagement in physics, APS is looking for a STEP UP Summer Intern to work with our public engagement team. STEP UP is a national community of physics teachers, researchers, and professional societies that aims to mobilize thousands of high school physics teachers to help engage young women in physics and inspire them to pursue physics in college. We do this by designing high school physics learning opportunities to empower teachers, create cultural change, and inspire young women.
Responsibilities for this position include helping the team analyze data for a network analysis of STEP UP regional teams and develop professional learning materials for teachers and strategic planning documents. The data will include video footage and network analysis surveys.


  • Involvement or desire in pursuing Physics Education Research (PER) (desired).
  • Knowledge of best practices for virtual, DEI-compliant instructional content (desired).
  • Experience with programming using Python.
  • 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.

APS Innovation Intern *NEW!*

Host: American Physical Society (1 available)

Innovation is the engine for change. Physics innovation is not just about commercializing new technologies, it is also about using outside-the-box ideas to change the culture of the Physics and scientific communities. If being a force for change interests you, APS is looking for an Innovation Summer Intern. Candidates should share our goal of supporting the physics community by promoting innovative practices and new ideas. Responsibilities for this position include helping the team develop materials and execute Innovation programs including, grant administration, evaluation, workshops, and convenings.


  • Knowledge of DEI best practices.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated creativity.
  • Interest or prior experience in business tools such as LeanStartup, Design-Thinking, Salesforce etc.
  • Interest in evaluation or assessment
  • Strong organization, documentation, and prioritization skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work well with interdepartmental teams as well as independently.

SPS Science Outreach Catalyst Kit Intern

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 2024 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 2024 SOCK will be determined in coordination with the selected intern. 


  • 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

Physics Today Science Writing Intern 

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

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


  • Interest in science communication
  • Demonstrated writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently

Science Policy Positions

AIP Mather Public Policy Intern - NIST

Host: American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the National Institute for Standards and Technology  (2 available)

AIP Mather Interns are placed with the Office of Advanced Manufacturing (OAM), at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on the Gaithersburg camps. Coordinated through OAM, Manufacturing USA is a national network created to secure U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing through large-scale public-private collaboration on technology, supply chain, and workforce development. These $3 billion public-private partnerships across 17 institutes align manufacturers of all sizes, academia, and government to work on major research and development projects relevant to industry and train people on advanced manufacturing (STEM) skills. The Institutes focus on different technology sectors including but not limited to: semiconductors, robotics, integrated photonics, 3D printing, composites and materials, flexible electronics, AI, etc.

Interns will work within OAM, which convenes and enables industry-led, private-public partnerships that focus on manufacturing innovation by engaging 9 federal agencies, state and local governments, U.S. universities, 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.

Mather Policy interns work on a mixture of our day-to-day policy needs and a policy focused summer capstone project. The interns should anticipate visits to Capitol Hill and to other executive branch agencies, conferences, and with other federal policy partners. Interns will receive a valuable educational experience through exposure to science and technology policy making within the federal government and its connections to industry.


  • Interest in science policy
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently

AIP FYI Science Policy News Intern

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.


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

Science Research Positions

Science Research: NIST Internship

Host: National Institute for Standards and Technology (7 available)

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has the mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. The Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) at NIST is a world leader in the science of measurement. PML determines the definitive methods for nearly every kind of measurement employed in commerce and research and works continuously at the outermost frontiers of metrology, devising tools and techniques to meet the ever-changing demands of American industry and science.

This program, which takes place on the Gaithersburg campus, provides students the opportunity to work in one of the following general areas: Microsystems and Nanotechnology, Quantum Measurement, Radiation Physics, Sensor Science, and  Nanoscale Device Characterization. The program will provide research opportunities for students to work with internationally known NIST scientists, to expose them to cutting-edge research and promote the pursuit of advanced degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain substantive career experience related to academic interests
  • Acquire lifelong leadership, management, and analytical skills
  • Learn about a career in public service
  • Build professional relationships, contacts, and networks
  • Observe the daily operations and working environment of a premier federal laboratory

We are looking for students interested in gaining valuable, hands-on experience working with cutting-edge technology in one of the world’s leading research organizations. Additional preference will be given to students who possess the following qualities: 

  • Strong computer and laboratory skills
  • A high level of motivation and a positive inquisitive workplace demeanor
  • Interest in conducting technical research in a federal laboratory in Gaithersburg, MD
  • Interest in pursuing a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.)



Science Research: Space Telescope Science (STScI) Institute Intern

Host: STScI (1 available)

Description: Galaxy formation and evolution are regulated by a complex interplay between star formation, chemical abundance and gas dynamics. Stars form from cool gas, which is either formed in situ in the galaxy or accreted from the circum/inter galactic medium or from the merger progenitors. Metals form in stars and are ejected into the interstellar medium (ISM) by subsequent supernova explosions. The metal-enriched gas can get dispersed in the ISM due to the internal gas dynamics of the ISM or get transported out of the galaxy via supernova-driven outflows or galactic winds. This project aims at probing the properties of the ISM via spectroscopic studies involving the emission lines emanating from the ionized gas component of the ISM. The project will have two components: one consists of compiling/analyzing the already available large literature dataset while the other one involves performing the spatially-resolved studies of star-forming galaxies via the integral field spectroscopic technique.   This project will allow an enthusiastic student to get a first-hand experience in astronomical research, addressing key questions related to galaxy formation and evolution. All resources are in place. A suitable candidate should be willing to learn new skills and be enthusiastic about astronomy research.


  • Interest in physics research
  • Previous research experience
  • Programming skills a plus