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Requisition Number 17-0278
Post Date 12/29/2017
Title Space Astronomy Summer Program - Internship
City Baltimore
State MD

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is the scientific operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the future James Webb Space Telescope. Students can work individually with STScI researchers and staff on research projects that might include data reduction and interpretation, software development, scientific writing and preparing data for public releases. The summer projects will focus on Astrophysics, Engineering, Instrumentation or Public Outreach. Students will also be afforded the opportunity to attend lectures on a variety of exciting topics related to space astronomy, the Hubble, and James Webb Space Telescopes.

The 2018 summer program will run for 9 weeks, starting Monday, June 18th and ending Friday, August 17th. Applicants are expected to participate in the full-term of the internship. In rare circumstances, we may accept an applicant who cannot attend for the full duration due to extenuating circumstances. This year will be the 25th consecutive year for the STScI Summer Student Program.



Who can apply for the program?

The SASP is aimed at college undergraduates between their junior and senior years. STScI is able to accept exceptional students in earlier years and beginning graduate students. If you think you would benefit from our program, you are encouraged to apply. The program is open to students from the US and other countries, with preference to the above categories.

The Space Astronomy Summer Program provides students a fun, educational experience within a team-spirited environment. Students will receive a $650 weekly stipend, housing assistance, and travel to and from Baltimore. To find out more about the program visit:

To apply on-line please access:

Applications will be received from January 1st through January 31, 2018. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Reference letters are due by Friday, February 9, 2018. Details regarding submission of reference letters are automatically sent via e-mail to the letter writers once their contact information has been submitted in the application.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our record keeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

STScI sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our desire to create a first-rate scientific community. We reflect that deep commitment in strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities.

Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing assistance with the employment process can contact us at EOE/AA/M/F/D/V Voted to the Baltimore Magazine Hall of Fame in 2015 – Top 25 Places to Work in Baltimore.


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