Resources for Summer Internships in Astronomy & Astrophysics

There are a large number of research internships offered in astronomy throughout the US and internationally. Most are well paid, including travel expenses. This is a collection of links intended to help students in my Spring 2018 Astronomy 3334 course to find opportunities to apply for.  This list is neither comprehensive nor guaranteed to be accurate. Suggestions for additional links and corrections are welcome.

NY Space Grant

A variety opportunities at NASA Centers throughout the US and Cornell University

Note: if you have a claim to residency in another state, you may additionally be eligible for internships through that state’s spacegrant program (see NASA Space Grant for a complete list of programs)

NSF Astronomy REU program

Universities and Observatories throughout the US

Late January to mid February depending on the program

NSF REU program

Note that there are other opportunities in fields closely related to astronomy such as Physics, Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Sciences

Department of Energy Scholars Program

DOE Sites throughout the US. Note that Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and others both have significant astrophysics programs.

December 15, 2017 (date has passed, but open next year)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Summer Intern Program


February 1, 2018

Harvard/CFA Solar REU program


February 15, 2018

Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (Non-US citizens eligible)


February 22, 2018

Hubble Space Telescope Summer Student Program (Non-US citizens eligible)

Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore

January 31, 2018

Advice for Applying

Eligibility varies greatly across the programs. Read the specific opportunity carefully. Read the application instructions carefully, and submit everything required before the deadline. Don't be afraid to contact the organizers of any program for information before you apply. There are a very large number of programs, but it is best to be focussed - pick the ones you have a real interest in (and given that each program has different instructions for recommendations, your recommenders will generally write more enthusiastic recommendations if they only have to do a few). Choose carefully, and seek advice from your professors on which ones might suit you best.

Other Useful Links

There is an excellent list of summer research opportunities (and other resources for physics and astronomy undergradutates) at

A good list of astronomy REU programs at University of Iowa

AAS Career Services list of Summer Programs (particularly good for international opportunities)

Last modified Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by jpl