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Where to find physics internships?

  1. Aug 31, 2012 #1
    I am currently in a community college that just turned state this year. They have absolutely no physics research for me to observe or participate in, but I want to start getting experience asap. I'd rather not wait until I finish my AA to do so, but I just cannot find anything in my area.

    I talked to our head honor's advisor, the head of our physics department, and the head of our career services center at our college. The best advice I had gotten was to apply to a co-op for the local hospital and get involved with their nuclear med department. However, I know this is nowhere near optimal, plus since my field is not involved in the med field, I am not even sure they will take me.

    I also tried to speak with some professors at the nearest university to no avail. They basically all told me they were either already full with students from their own college, or to see them if I ever decide to go to their college down the road (which does me no good now of course).

    At this point, I am just out of ideas. I'm not sure if someone else may have run into a similar situation and was able to find something they could get involved in online, or other nationwide resources that I could try to connect with. Either way, I'm open to anything that anyone can suggest at this point.
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  3. Sep 1, 2012 #2
    Some REU programs accept community college students. See http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm

    These are generally 10 week programs that undergrads participate in over summer. You do research for 40 hours a week. They pay for your travel, housing, and give you a big stipend too. It's basically the best deal an undergraduate could ask for.
  4. Sep 2, 2012 #3
    I second the REU program option.
    I did one this summer (amazing experience, I learned so much) which led to my adviser offering a spot with him to do research that he's doing with the state university (I don't attend there) and also an opportunity to do research with MIT (which I obviously accepted!)

    So definitely look into the REUs. They are amazing for networking.
    A girl who was in the same REU as myself got offered a research position for this spring with the university we were at because she graduates this December and wants to wait until next fall for grad school.

    Also, most of the national labs will take on interns, but the spots are quite competitive.

    In my area, there is a local engineering company who always takes on physics, engineers, and comp sci students from my school.

    See what your area has to offer.
    I always thought where I lived didn't have too much, but once you start looking hard and DONT give up (it takes a while sometime), I'm sure you'll find something.

    If you're good with programming, ask around at schools further away and see if they could give you a project in that which requires you not to come in in person.
  5. Sep 2, 2012 #4
    There's about six places in my area for REU's, I didn't want to make a new thread, so what would I need to put on a resume to be considered for a physics internship?
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