Internship Program

Summer Internship Program

Every summer the Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy admits a select group of high school students into its internship program. This 10-week program allows students to work one-on-one with professional astronomers and participate in research and gain an understanding of the scientific process.

Interns participate in a variety of tasks such as making astronomical observations with MIRA's research-grade telescope atop Chews Ridge, data reduction and processing, machining, and other tasks. Side activities can include field trips and lectures. All students get experience imaging astronomical objects, and their work can be seen the MIRA Image Gallery section of this web site. At the end of the summer students give a 10-minute presentation detailing their work and results.

If you are interested in participating in this program and live in the Monterey Bay area, please contact mira [at] for more information. Please include the subject heading of "Summer Internship Program" in your email.

Highlights of past summer student projects include:

Spectroscopy and photometry of the NASA Deep Impact probe.

Photometry and discovery of T Tauri stars in the Pelican Nebula.

Scientific instrument integration at the Oliver Observing Station.

Computer models of stellar atmospheres.

Studies of variable and explosive stars.

Discovering new trails left by comets with NASA infrared images

m51Nearby galaxy & its satellite galaxy imaged by summer high school interns


baches spectrumSpectrum taken by a high school summer intern shows thousands of vertical absorption lines, each one telling the story of the stellar atmosphere environment