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Co-op & Internships

Co-op and Undergraduate Internship Program

The NRAO Co-op and Undergraduate Internship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate students in engineering, applied physics, or computer science to enrich their classroom learning experience by working closely with NRAO technical staff on projects at the technological forefront in radio astronomy instrumentation. Students in this program will work under the supervision of an NRAO staff advisor in one or more areas of: radio-astronomical research, instrument design, development, fabrication and testing; or scientific programming, digital instrumentation and/or analysis.

Full-time students who have registered in the Cooperative Education Program at a participating university can be funded to work at the NRAO as Co-op students for two or three semesters after completing at least 30 semester hours of college credit. Participants must maintain full-time status in a major that permits a cooperative work program, must have earned at least a 2.8 grade point average, and must be U.S. citizens or have authorization to work in the U.S.  Undergraduate internship candidates normally work at the NRAO for one to three semesters at any point in their undergraduate student career.

Further information about this program can be obtained by contacting:

Alison Peck
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
520 Edgemont Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2475
Phone: (434) 296-0347
E-mail: apeck@nrao.edu

 

Graduate Student Internship Program

The NRAO Graduate Student Internship Program is intended for students who are in the early years of a graduate program at their university -- most often in their first or second year of graduate studies -- and who are interested in pursuing research in radio astronomy with an NRAO scientific or engineering staff member.  Areas of research include instrumentation development for radio astronomy, areas of electrical engineering or computer science that are closely related to radio astronomy observing techniques, or data analysis.

Students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, are enrolled in an accredited U.S. Graduate Program, or who are otherwise eligible to work in the United States, will receive a stipend. Some travel support and housing assistance may also be available. Appointments to this program may be made for durations ranging from a few weeks up to six months.  Graduate students at all levels in engineering, astronomy, physics, mathematics, and computer science are eligible for the program. See our listing of NRAO graduate interns and their research topics since 2006 for examples of past graduate internship projects.

Students interested in pursuing graduate internships should first contact an NRAO scientist or engineer to discuss possible projects. See the NRAO Scientific Staff listing for general information regarding staff research areas and contact information. Graduate Internship appointments are considered on a rolling basis, and their is no formal application.  Students interested primarily in summer placements should apply initially to the NRAO Graduate Summer Student Research Assistantship program by its deadline.

Further information about this program can be obtained by contacting:

Alison Peck
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
520 Edgemont Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2475
Phone: (434) 296-0347
E-mail: apeck@nrao.edu