Astronomical Opportunities

The number of Astronomy related Internships/Summer Schools/Camps/Conferences are endless, thus this will provide a beginning to your search of things to do in those long summer holidays (or simply if you just want to go off and explore another country). I’ve tried to make sure that most of the opportunities listed are available to everyone regardless of citizenship, if not, I’ve hopefully stated otherwise.

The following opportunities are mostly for undergrads and master students, but there are also some for high school and PhD students too! If you happen to be a PhD student, look here for tons of conferences and schools. On the other hand, if you are interested in space and engineering events see here.
Otherwise, read on…

Astronomy Camps – Undeniably a great way to make friends for life, whilst getting to do a lot of practical Astronomy.

Conferences – A perfect opportunity to meet other students from all over the world, and practice those presentation skills!

Summer / Winter Schools – If you only have a week to spare and want to focus on a specific field of Astrophysics, this is a great way to learn from the experts.

Internships/Programmes – This is the best way to really get a feel for what research is like, spend 2-3 months working on a project of your very own.

Volunteering – Taking part in outreach can be a very inspiring and rewarding thing to do with your time, that I think everyone should experience.

Workshops – Get your hands dirty with some hands-on Astronomy related experience.

Hackathons – Work intensively with people from all sorts of backgrounds in a short amount of time! Lots of experience to be gained.

As always, please let me know of anything I have missed out!

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3 thoughts on “Astronomical Opportunities

  1. Pingback: Auf Wiedersehen | How to make an Astrophysicist

    • It’s definitely possible to go into a PhD in Astrophysics with a Masters in Physics. I currently don’t know a lot about applying for PhDs but there are many opportunities out there, if there is a field that you are particularly interested in then get in touch with some of the professors. Also check out PhDs with the Max Planck Institute, https://www.imprs-astro.mpg.de/content/who-qualifies-imprs-astrophysics they are good because they have introductory Astrophysics courses in first year in you haven’t done any Astrophysics before. 🙂

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