Physics and Astronomy Internships & Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

  • Cubist Pharmaceuticals
  • Covidien
  • PCI Synthesis
  • US Department of Energy, Efficiency & Renewable Energy
  • Museum of Science
  • Pharmasol
  • InterSystems Corporation
  • Triumverate
  • Maria Mitchell Association – Nantucket Observatory

Research Opportunities

Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E.)

S.U.R.E. is an opportunity for students who have completed their first year at Stonehill to perform full-time, high-quality research over the summer months under the guidance of an expert faculty researcher. A student in the S.U.R.E. program spends 8-10 weeks of the summer collaborating with a professor - and sometimes other students - on an original research project that fits into the faculty member’s overall research program. 

The experience includes postgraduate career seminars, program-wide outings, weekly lunches, and a student poster session in the fall. S.U.R.E. students generally live on campus and receive a stipend for their summer work.

Students in the Physics & Astronomy program have the opportunity to join their professors in conducting publishable research in the field.

  • Ashley Horan ’15 conducted research with Professor Alessandro Massarotti at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The pair will continue Professor Massarotti’s ongoing work on computer simulations of rocky planets’ interiors.
  • Melissa Drury ’15 and Hannah Fitch ’15 conducted research with Professor Mevan Gunawardena in the field of atomic, molecular and quantum optics. Together, they are primarily looking into developing techniques for measuring weak atomic and molecular transitions and controlling the dynamics of how these systems evolve.
“Thanks to the amazing preparation the faculty has given me,
I am taking part in an internship at NASA Goddard Space Flight
Center where I am making models of exoplanet spectra and
determining if the new James Webb Space Telescope would be
able to detect such planets.”
Ashley M. Horan ’15

Physics Complements Work in Other Programs

Norton native Nathaniel Bowditch ’13 was one of 49 students from Stonehill College who worked with faculty members at the College this summer on research projects through the Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program. The SURE Program provides students with an opportunity to perform significant, publishable research under the guidance of an experienced faculty researcher.

Bowditch, a Computer Science major, worked with Assistant Professor of Physics Mevan Gunawardena on a project entitled “‘Detection of Weak Atomic Transitions with Entangled Photons.”

The ongoing project aims to understand and control quantum coherences and entangled states in atomic, molecular or optical systems and investigate potential applications in spectroscopy and imaging.

Bowditch, along with three other students, used a nonlinear crystal to create entangled photon via parametric down conversion. The entanglement of these photons is being investigated using photon counting techniques. The eventual goal of this work is to demonstrate imaging at a resolution beyond the classical limit.

The research experience provided Bowditch with a competitive advantage in graduate and professional school applications and in post-college employment opportunities. The SURE program also provides assistance to faculty in research activities.

Career Services Resources for Students

The Office of Career Services offers extensive assistance to students seeking employment, pursuing advanced studies or participating in postgraduate service opportunities. By completing internships and utilizing mentors, students are empowered to build lifelong career management skills.

Physics-specific career resources

  • Extensive on-campus recruiting program for internships and entry-level jobs.
  • Annual career fairs and graduate school information sessions.
  • Externships and internships in New York; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles (weeklong and semesterlong programs).

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