Jobs & Internships
Are you a senior physics major looking for your next steps after graduation? Are you an undergrad interested in exploring a new field of research?
Below are some academic, career and extracurricular opportunities from institutions who have reached out to CMU Physics to express interest in hiring our students. This is by no means an exhaustive list of possibilities. Speak with your advisor to discuss your options.
Watermark Scholars Program
Application Deadline: July 15, 2021
Watermark is offering women in STEM scholarships for the fall 2021 academic term to provide much-needed support for college students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM)-related studies and careers.
Two students will be selected from the pool of applicants, and awardees will each receive $5,000 to help continue their education.
To participate in the Watermark Scholars program, applicants are asked to submit either a written essay, up to 500 words, or a short video on the topic of “Who has inspired you to pursue a career in science or technology, and what do you want to achieve upon graduation?” We’re looking for students who have been inspired by recent events and changes in learning and want to make a difference in their careers!
Off-Campus Research Opportunities
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Clemson University
Our department offers a broad range of research opportunities, and students have the advantage of being part of a small research department. Our department is especially strong in atmospheric and space physics, astrophysics, AMO physics, biophysics, and condensed matter physics. The attached flyer provides more information about our program and faculty strengths. Additional information is available on our website at http://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/physics-astro/.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Alabama
As part of a rapidly expanding department, now ranked #34 in research budget and grants by the American Institute of Physics' GradSchoolShopper, we have an exciting array of graduate positions available. We do not require a student to have a group or subfield in mind when applying and encourage all prospective students to apply. If students are interested in our program but unsure of their direction yet, they are welcome to contact Dr. Preethi Nair for help at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find information for applying at https://physics.ua.edu/grad/AdmitGrad.html
Integrated BS/MS Program in Engineering and Public Policy at CMU
If you are a current CMU undergraduate considering graduate school after you have completed your undergraduate studies you can get a head-start by working with your academic advisor to plan a course of study that leads to both the BS in your technical undergraduate major and the MS in Engineering and Public Policy.
- Satisfied all requirements for the BS degree
- Register for a minimum of one semester of full-time study as a graduate student
- Complete all of the requirements for the MS degree (https://www.cmu.edu/epp/prospective/ms-in-epp/course-requirements.html)
This course of study will typically require ten semesters of study, although advanced placement or other study may reduce your time. With the approval of your academic advisor, you may take courses while an undergraduate that will count toward your MS degree as long as these courses are beyond the minimum number of units required for your BS degree.
How to Apply
- Apply between the 5th and 7th semester of your undergraduate program (transfer student timeframe for application will be adjusted on a case by case basis)
- Send an email indicating interest and a resume to email@example.com and request to make an appointment with the Integrated BS/MS advisor.
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami
Spring and fall 2021 applications are now open for the following degrees: PhD (fully funded), Master of Science (MS), and Master of Professional Science (MPS). At RSMAS, PhD students are supported as Graduate Research Assistants during their tenure (typically 5 years). These assistantships provide an annual salary of $30,312 (USD), and tuition and health insurance are provided. A list of PhD Assistantships are available here: https://graduate.rsmas.miami.edu/admissions/phd-assistanships/index.html. RSMAS is also offering 4 Rosenstiel Opportunity Scholarships that provide high-achieving students from historically underserved or underrepresented populations, and/or socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, to earn a master’s degree from the Rosenstiel School at no cost or significantly reduced tuition cost (student fees still apply).
MPS students enroll in the same courses as PhD and MS students, and participate in an internship and/or research in the field in lieu of a traditional thesis/dissertation which is required for MS/PhD students.
Priority deadline for applications is December 1, 2020. The MPS degree has rolling admission until June for international applicants and July for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Professional & Internship Opportunities
Teach K-12 Science with Southern Teachers:
K-12 private and independent schools around the South are searching for great teachers to join their school communities for next year. Schools plan to have in-person classes in the fall, and we have over a hundred science openings, many of them focused on physics.
Our schools seek teachers with subject-matter expertise who are enthusiastic about working with children and teenagers — what is important is a gift for connecting with and caring for kids. Certification is typically not required (except in elementary grades and specialty areas).
Southern Teachers has matched great candidates with schools in the South for over a century, taking the time to interview candidates, and know the person, not just the resumé. Our services are free for our candidates.
The sooner you apply, the more opportunities you will have to pursue as you search for the right school community for you. Interested candidates should submit our online application as soon as possible, because new teachers will begin orientation at schools very, very soon.
Questions can be directed to Ali Buchanan, (434) 295-9122.
Check back for future opportunities!