McDonald Observatory 2020 Summer Internship

McDonald Observatory 2020 Summer Internship

Astronomy and Physics students are invited to apply for the summer internship in education and outreach at the McDonald Observatory Visitors Center.

Application deadline is March 21, 2020.

Each summer, the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center hosts thousands of guests from around the world. Our staff provide visitors with access to some of our largest research telescopes, daytime views of the Sun and stunning views of the night sky.
McDonald Observatory summer interns will present daily Solar Viewing and Guided Tour programs, as well as operate telescopes at Star Parties several nights a week. The internship is an excellent opportunity to develop public speaking skills, share knowledge of astronomy and physics, and spend time with world class telescopes at a major observatory... all while enjoying some of the darkest night skies in the United States!

Applicants should have completed AST 307 or its equivalent and must have a valid class “C” driver’s license with a current three-year driving record.  Our ideal candidate will have:
•    An outgoing personality
•    Comfort with public speaking
•    Enthusiasm for learning and science communication
•    Some knowledge of amateur telescopes and equipment

This position is full time, 40 hours per week and based at the Observatory site in the Davis Mountains, 450 miles west of Austin. The exact dates are flexible, but must be a minimum of two consecutive months. Preferred start date is May 19, 2020, but we will work with the successful candidate to accommodate their final exam schedule.  The position is open through August 15, 2020.

In addition to an hourly wage, the internship includes a room and daily meals at the on-site Astronomer’s Lodge. Dinnertime at the Lodge is an excellent opportunity to make contacts with researchers, graduate students, and professors from UT and around the world. Interns are not required to stay at the Lodge, but no housing stipend is provided for offsite accommodations.

Applications should be submitted no later than March 21, 2020.
To apply, send a resume and letter of interest to Rachel Fuechsl. Questions are welcome via email or call 432-426-4188.

Frank N. Bash Visitors Center
3640 Dark Sky Drive
McDonald Observatory, TX 79734
Open daily 10:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (extended hours Tue, Fri, Sat)