Careers and Internships for Physics majors

Summer Internships and Research Abroad

An international summer internship or research project (list from the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives) and summer research and internships (list from the Physics department) is a good way for physics majors to apply and develop their skills and explore possible career paths while engaging with cultures and perspectives outside the United States.  Further, those physics majors involved in significant research collaborations with faculty may find a summer internship to be the best fit with their plans for their time at the College. 

A number of faculty members also collaborate with colleagues abroad.  A summer spent with a collaborator may, therefore, achieve the twin goals of providing a valuable experience abroad, as well as allowing a student to move her research efforts forward in a new and interesting manner. For more details about internship or research opportunities abroad and funding, please contact Kirk Lange, Director of International Experiential learning at the McCulloch Center.  

Research

Many funded summer research opportunities are available to physics majors.  The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, funded by the National Science Foundation, offers programs for undergraduate research both abroad and in the U.S.  The DAAD RISE program also offers funded summer research opportunities in Germany for students in the sciences.

Internships

Students also have the option of developing their own summer internships or research project abroad. Mount Holyoke's Lynk Universal Application Funding (UAF) initiative offers internship funding for one domestic or international internship to every student that has secured a qualified summer internship or research position.

Meet with advisors

  • Explore possibilities with your faculty advisor. Your professors can also help you with advice on career questions in their field of expertise.
  • Define your goals and develop search strategies. Career Advisors at the Career Development Center (CDC) are here to help you develop strategies to find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access resources.
  • Learn how to conduct informational interviews with people working in the field and find alumnae through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. They can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs and graduate school.

Resources

CDC Tools

  • Students and alumnae who studied this major or are working in the industry can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school.  Use the MHC Intern Network to connect with MHC students and recent alumnae who have held internships. Search by major, location, position, or employer.
  • Buzzfile and Vault Career Insider are useful tools available through the CDC for in-depth career research into specific areas of interest.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, this online database gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations including interpreters & translators, social scientists, teachers, and international business consultants.
  • GoinGlobal provides country-specific career information, expert advice, and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad. Login with your Handshake account.