Campus Jobs, REUs, Co-ops, Interships and Jobs
Campus JobsOpportunities for Appalachian State University Physics and Astronomy majors to work during the period they are students on campus can be funded by WORK STUDY or UNIVERSITY funds. See the Major's Handbook.
Opportunities for off-campus research/job experiences exist in the form of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs), co-ops, or as an internships.
REUsMany Physics and Astronomy students have participated in REU programs at national laboratories, such as NIST, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, National Radio Astronomical Observatory, and NRL. Others have attended programs at Lowell Observatory, Florida Institute of Technology, CREEL at University of Central Florida. See Dr. Coffey about these details. You can check out her web site for REU Summer Internship Opportunties.
Details of some of these experiences will be given at a Symposium of Summer Student Research held in the late fall in CAP 150. Watch for notices of this presentation.
Co-opsCo-ops are cooperative education/work experiences with companies/laboratories which usually hire scientists and engineers. The student is eligible if she/he has been in physics and math courses for two years. (That is, students should have completed Intermediate Physics and Differential Equations and have a GPA about 3.0 on a 4.0 system.
The student usually works for one semester and then returns to college the next. Some firms allow this to be done during the summer months. During the first work period, the student signs up for the COOP course, CEP 1000.
In cases where courses are not taught each semester, co-oping will dramatically increase the time for the student to complete his/her degree program, unless the co-op is done during the summer.
Students who find companies to co-op with should talk with their advisors before entering a co-op program. Usually students are limited to about 2.5 to 3.0 years of work with the company before finishing their bachelor's degrees.