Internship Opportunities 

Places where Stonehill graduates have recently been employed include: 

  • Amazon 
  • BAE Systems 
  • Chrysler Group, LLC 
  • Georgia Tech
  • Harvard–Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics 
  • Institute of Optics, University of Rochester 
  • MG Financial 
  • NASA 
  • Nestle Waters North America 
  • Northrop Grumman 
  • Raytheon 
  • Volpe National Transportation 
  • Systems Center 

Research Opportunities 

Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) 

SURE 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 SURE 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. SURE 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. 

Recent examples: 

  • Nikoletta Giannopoulo ’19 is working on ‘blue straggler’ stars in the star cluster M67 with A. Massarotti and Dave Latham, at the Harvard- Smithsonina Center for Astrophysics. 
  • Nicholas Sorabella ’19 is working on habitability of planets in binary stellar system, colloquially called ‘Tatooine’ stellar systems. 
  • Erin Hayes ‘20 and Peter Mercedes ‘21 worked on a photometric study of binary systems and their statistics in the open star cluster M67.
  • Ashley Horan ’15 conducted research with Professor Alessandro Massarotti at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, expanding on Professor Massarotti’s ongoing work on computer simulations of rocky planets’ interiors. 
  • Matt Maguire ’18 worked on tidal interactions between planets and their stars. IN particular he studied the process of tidal locking for rocky planets in the habitable zone of the star TRAPPIST-1, where seven Earth-like planets were recently discovered. 

Career Development Resources for Students

The Stonehill Career Development Center 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 (week-long and semester-long programs).

Honor Society Affiliations

Sigma Zeta

Sigma Zeta is the national science and mathematics honor society.

Lambda Epsilon Sigma 

Stonehill’s campus-wide honor society, Lambda Epsilon Sigma, recognizes students from all areas of study. Students who have demonstrated a well-rounded thirst for knowledge are invited to apply. 

Contact us with any questions.

Alessandro Massarotti

Associate Professor of Physics, Physics & Astronomy Department Chair, Earth & Planetary Sciences Program Director