Internships and Programs

Postdoctoral Professional Development Program — Foundations of Leadership: Core Concepts for Building Your Leadership Style

This premier leadership development program, organized by Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, is open to postdoctoral scholars at all institutions. The unique, 11-module, year-long program gives postdocs insight into how their innate preferences and associated behaviors can affect their leadership styles, impact their teams, and ultimately affect their career satisfaction and success. The 2022–2023 program cohort will include 30 postdoctoral scholars who will attend online, monthly modules and engage in discussions and coursework. Certificates will be awarded to participants who complete all program requirements. Click here to learn more and apply.

Future Leaders of Ocean Worlds Network

Future Leaders of Ocean Worlds (FLOW) is a multidisciplinary group of early-career scientists and engineers (undergrads, grad students, postdocs, research scientists, and others <10 years post terminal degree) interested in ocean worlds and actively engaged in research relating to planetary science, origins of life, astrobiology, cryospheres, and/or oceanography. The group seeks to foster collaboration, develop community, and advance the interests of early-career ocean world researchers. Click here to learn more and join.

Contribute your Story to the NPA’s “What’s a Postdoc?” Awareness Campaign

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is collecting information for the What’s A Postdoc? awareness campaign. The NPA and its partners believe that more Americans, including members of academia, policymakers, and the general public need to know more about who postdocs are and the contributions they provide to our society and economy. Visit the What’s A Postdoc? page to provide information about you and your postdoc career with a quote, a picture, or a short video. You’re also encouraged to submit articles or news coverage about your work. Help paint a compelling picture of what it means to be a postdoc! Click here to share your story.

Internships at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)

As a JHU APL intern, undergraduate students have the opportunity to use the skills they’ve gained at school to push the boundaries of science and technology. Interns join a strong support system of dedicated coworkers and have opportunities to work on meaningful projects. APL strives to give interns the tools and resources that allow them to shape the career of their dreams. Applications for college internships open on September 1, 2022. Click here to learn more and apply.

NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges

Learners of all ages are invited to join NASA for an exciting opportunity to use real astronomical data and tools to create images of the eruptive Eta Carinae star system and the nebula in which it resides — the Carina Nebula. NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges include two challenges:  the MicroObservatory Challenge and the NASA Data Challenge. The Challenges provide authentic experiences using real astrophysics data, including those from NASA spacebased missions. The deadline to submit entries is July 31, 2022.  Click here to learn more.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

Online applications for the Spring 2023 Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) term close on October 5, 2022. The SULI program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission during 10- to 16-week appointments. Click here to learn more and apply.

Community College Internships (CCI)

The Community College Internships (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers during 10-week appointments. Applications for the Spring 2023 term close on October 5, 2022. Click here to learn more and apply.