Undergraduate Internships

Undergraduate Internships

An undergraduate student with an internship at PARI becomes part of the research team, contributing original studies in science, technology, engineering, or math. Undergraduate interns are provided housing on the PARI campus, meals during onsite high school programs and a stipend of $2,500.

This summer PARI is offering five research experiences for undergraduates (REU) internships. The internships begin during the first week of June and last eight weeks. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  •  Full time rising sophomore, junior, or senior
  •  US citizen
  •  GPA of 3.0 or higher
  •  A major or minor in the physical sciences including physics, astronomy, engineering, technology, mathematics, or in the life sciences including biology, environmental science, or ecology, or science education.

In addition to the research associated with each project, the interns will assist with high school summer resident education programs, including the Duke Talent Identification Program Summer Field Study in Astronomy, Physics, and Astrobiology. Interns will need to adjust their schedules to be onsite as much as possible during the dates of June 18-30, and July 10-22.  Interns also help with public outreach programs involving science education programs for all ages.

The five REU internships for 2017 at PARI are:

J. Donald Cline Scholarship:
Polaris and North Field Study – Instrument Upgrades and Observations
The Cline Scholar will present his/her research at the fall 2017 North Carolina Astronomers Meeting and at the 231st Meeting of the American Astronomical Society in January 2018. Travel expenses to meetings will be paid for by the J. Donald Cline Scholarship. Duties include mounting a new camera on the Polaris telescope and conducting observations with data reduction and analysis.

Jo Cline Internship
Science Educator
The Science Educator will present astronomy and astrobiology educational materials to teenagers, particularly female students. The educator will provide afterhours oversight for students during lab exercises and offsite activities. The primary role is to work with students during two summer camps lasting two weeks each, beginning June 18 and continuing through July 1, and then July 9 through July 22. Outside of these dates, the intern will work with the education department in areas of program development, presentation preparations and classroom setup. The intern will also receive training on telescopes and instruments.

Jim Falls Internship
Optical Astronomy Projects
This intern will work with PARI’s optical telescopes to ensure they are functioning properly. The primary task will be to continue and complete the automation of PARI’s solar observatory and prepare, test and rehearse an observation plan for the August 2017 solar eclipse. In addition, the intern will also use telescopes in the West and South observatories to collect and analyze data for projects such as light curve analysis and super nova survey.

Ron Kelly Internship
Radio Astronomy Projects
This project entails the test and verification of PARI’s four radio telescopes. The intern will develop, test and rehearse an observation plan for the instruments for use during the August 2017 solar eclipse.

DELL/EMC IT Internship
Information Technology Data Center Development
The PARI Data Centers are the hubs for research data generated by the PARI astronomy and earth science instrumentation.  The IT Intern is a computer science/information technology position working directly with PARI’s Chief Information Officer on upgrades to the system.


For more information, contact:
Ben Goldsmith
Research Director
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
One PARI Drive
Rosman, NC 28772
Office: 828-862-5554, Ext. 720
E-mail: bgoldsmith@nullpari.edu