Five-College Astronomy Undergraduate Internship Program



Each summer, the Five College Astronomy Department offers several undergraduate summer research internships with department faculty. These are open to Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, or UMass students only.

Update for summer 2021: The summer 2021 intern program will be run remotely. Because this program was cancelled in Summer 2020, we are allowing students accepted last year to participate this year. This means that we only have positions for 2 additional students for summer 2021. However, in addition to these FCAD research intern positions, Prof. Daniela Calzetti is looking to hire 2 students to work on an astronomy education project (develop modules for high school science course) as well as independent research this summer (same funding and time commitment as the FCAD research program). If you are interested in being considered for this education+research project, please note this in your essay with the application for the FCAD program. 

The internships will last for ten weeks beginning May 24, 2021, and will provide a stipend of about $4500. You will need to find your own summer housing. There are many summer sublet possibilities, both privately and through campus services such as There are also some separate scholarship opportunities for students at the individual campuses to obtain housing support.

The Five College Astronomy Department conducts research in a wide variety of areas, including the astrophysics of comets, stars, exoplanets, the interstellar medium, and galaxies. There are opportunities to work with radio, infrared, optical, and X-ray data and instruments, and to carry out computer modeling, instrument development, and data analysis. You can also see research listed on our Research Page.
Eligibility: You must be enrolled at one of the Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, Smith, or UMass) and not scheduled to graduate before the end of the academic year. The internships are open to astronomy majors, and majors in math and sciences who are actively considering a career in astronomy. Juniors planning to write a senior research thesis in astronomy are especially encouraged to apply. Exceptional applicants from other local universities or colleges may also be considered. Please note: all applications must be submitted by email as a single PDF document.
For full consideration, please fill out the information below and email this form, along with the attachments, by Friday, February 26, 2021, to Prof. Alexandra Pope:
For further information, contact Professor Alexandra Pope
You can use either word.doc or .pdf file below:
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Description: REU Application
The internship program is largely funded by the van Blerkom fellowship and the Five College Astronomy Department as well as the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium.