Summer Research / Internships

Most of Mount Holyoke's physics majors participate in at least one internship during their time as an undergraduate. Some continue on to graduate school in physics, while many others choose to study in another technical field or begin a career in industry. 

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.

We encourage our students to seek opportunities off campus, whether at the neighboring colleges during the semthe ester or through a summer research program over the summer at a university, national lab, industry, or abroad. Below is a growing list of sites both on and off campus which provide job and internship information.

The College has many internship opportunities and resources to further assist you in your career and internships, or graduate school plan.

Make sure to talk first with the professor you'd like to do research with before applying! There is also funding available. Also, check out the bulletin boards in the physics department on the 2nd floor of Kendade for more internship opportunities.

Programs also Open to International Students

International Internships and Research in the Sciences

  • DAAD RISE Program in Germany for summer research opportunities in the sciences
  • RWTH Aachen University for summer research opportunities
  • Pasteur Foundation for students with a strong interest in biosciences and biomedical research (Paris, France)
  • Partnership in International Research and Education (PIRE) Pisa, Italy
  • InfoSys Technologies (India - multiple locations)