International Astronomy Summer Internship Program

Participants of HdA's International Summer Internship Program 2014 Zoom Image
Participants of HdA's International Summer Internship Program 2014

Each summer, Haus der Astronomie offers an International Summer Internship Program. Some of the participants join us directly via the International Summer Science School Heidelberg, an exchange program by the City of Heidelberg for pupils from Heidelberg's partner cities or partner institutions. Other prospective participants apply directly to Haus der Astronomie.

The summer internship is designed for pupils in the final years of high school, or those who have just finished high school. If you have already started university, please have a look at the MPIA student internships instead. 

During their three-week stay, participants work on a variety of astrophysical observations and experiments. Just as in professional research, there is no fixed time-table, and participants are fairly free to follow their own ideas.

The common language among the participants is English.

Our next International Summer Internship Program runs

30 July to 17 August, 2018.

Individual longer internships are possible; those last until August 18 and can begin as early as JULY 09, 2018.

What will you be working on?

Depending on the participating scientists, the topic of the year's internship will be decided a few months before the internship starts. In past years, we had our students look at data from the Kepler Space Telescope to determine the properties of exoplanets, or look at galaxy data from an ESO survey, or study the expansion of the universe using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

How do you apply?

Simple: Send us an email including a letter (between 0.5 and 1 pages) outlining your motivation, your interest in astronomy, previous activities and experience, why you are interested in this internship and, if applicable, any science-related career plans you might have. Please also add a brief CV, your latest school report and, if possible, a letter of recommendation from a science teacher or informal science educator who knows you well.

Closing date for applications is April 16, 2018.

What about costs? And accommodation?

There is no direct fee for the internship. You will, however, need to arrange for your own accomodation. There are several hostels in Heidelberg, or you could try to rent a room from a student, who is away during the summer. If you have trouble arranging for accommodation, please contact us once you have been accepted into the program, and we will try to assist you.