Pictured: the glorious skyline of Haifa, Israel, home of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, which has a fantastic vegetarian restaurant in the Lidow physics building. Did we mention, many of Technion Physics’ labs have balconies overlooking the sea?
START THINKING ABOUT THE SUMMER WHEN THE FALL SEMESTER STARTS. Application deadlines come and pass very quickly! They are as early as October for many programs.
Opportunities abound for research and travel! Here are just a handful of the many places we’ve worked in 2016:
- Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
- Stanford University (San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA)
- MIT Lincoln Laboratory (Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
- University College London (London, United Kingdom)
- Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen (Munich, Germany)
- University of Heidelberg (Heidelberg, Germany)
- Technion- Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel)
A partial listing of summer research opportunities is listed on the research page (we’ll continue to add more as we hear of them). The pages linked to below contains links to many of those opportunities as well as hopefully some more related to physics/math/engineering. Most if not all jobs, internships, and research experiences listed here come with a stipend or salary and some additionally cover travel expenses and housing. Be sure to double-check application deadlines; this webpage may not be current.
If earning money to pay for tuition is your main goal, apply for internships in finance or software engineering. Average starting salaries for your first internship at a company range between $15,000-$25,000 per summer, sometimes with a housing stipend included (versus the comparatively “low” physics research salary between $4,000-$8,000 per summer). You’re a physicist, and that is a respectable major for looking at these positions; as long as you have enough math and computer science background, you probably can pass the entrance examinations for these jobs too and get some interviews (maybe chat with the Career Center if you’re unsure if your resume is good enough). Whether this is an advisable route to take depends on your current experience, the type of resume you need to build to meet your goals, and how much money you need to make this summer:
To get into graduate school with tuition remission and a good stipend, you absolutely have to have experience doing research, the more, the better. But everyone understands the need for money, so one missed summer of research is not the end of the world. But how much will each choice affect you? If you’ve never tried research before and this is your senior summer, not doing research could greatly hinder your ability to get into grad school without taking a gap year to do a research internship. If you did research during high school and take a finance job before freshman year, there’s likely zero negative impact. In between? There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Speak to a physics professor or older students if you have questions.