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Career Pathways / SOCK, SPS Summer Internship

Primary Institution: Society of Physics Students
Affiliation: American Institute of Physics
City: College Park
State: MD
Job Duration: 9.5 Weeks, Summer 2011
Class Requirement: soph - senior year
Position Type: Education/Outreach
Discipline(s): Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics
Medical Physics
Nuclear Physics
Physics Education Research
Plasmas and Beam Physics
Nuclear Engineering
Interdisciplinary Physics: Biological Physics; Quantum Information; Etc.
Description: SPS Internship: Career Pathways / SOCK
This internship position is split 50-50 between the SPS Career Pathways project and the SPS SOCK.

Science Outreach Catalyst Kits, or SOCKs, contain exploratory physics and science activities specifically designed for SPS Chapters and collegiate physics departments to use in outreach presentations to local elementary, middle and high school students. Interns are responsible for creating and testing activities and writing instructions for lessons and demonstrations. This year the theme is "A Century of Revolution", in celebration of 100 years since the discovery of the nucleus.

SPS Career Pathways
In light of the need to increase both the size and diversity of our nation's STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) workforce, the National Science Foundation has awarded the Education and Statistical Research Divisions of the American Institute of Physics a grant to learn and share effective practices for the preparation of physics undergraduates for STEM careers.  One aspect of this is to develop a workshop on career preparation for undergraduate physics students. This intern will be an integral part of workshop development (e.g. assembling resume-writing materials, developing mock job interview scenarios, and generating graphic representations of statistical information on the careers of physics undergraduates).

• Completion of at least two years of college physics
• Interest in public outreach and informal education
• Interest in non-traditional STEM careers
• Ability to work well with pre-college students & peers
• Ability to multi-task and manage time efficiently
• Ability to effectively communicate scientific topics to pre-college students
• Strong communication skills

SPS intern positions based in Washington, DC are also available in science research, outreach, writing, and policy. See for details.
Stipend: $4,200
Benefits: Housing
Travel Reimbursement
Daily commuting expenses
Application Deadline: 02/01/2011
Job Website:
Additional Information: Please note your interested in the careers position in your cover letter.

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Kendra Redmond
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301-209-3047
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