Applications open for high school astrophysics internship


After a successful summer program, WIPAC is pleased to offer an academic year internship for a third year. We are looking for creative and skilled high school students to join our team for eight-week internships this fall.

This semester, interns will work with scientists to simulate the formation of dark matter halos or with the team creating the Distributed Electronic Cosmic-Ray Observatory (DECO) app, a citizen science project that allows users around the world to detect cosmic rays and other energetic particles with their cell phones and tablets.

Interns get to participate in real-world physics experiments, learn to program, get to know working astrophysicists, and contribute to data processing. All interested students are encouraged to apply; no physics or programming background is necessary.

The internship will meet on Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30pm, and will run from October 8 to December 11. The WIPAC offices are located on the fifth floor of 222 W. Washington Ave. in Madison.

Joining WIPAC gives students the opportunities to participate in real-world physics experiments and make influential connections. Interested applicants should sign up by September 23 at 5pm. Applications are available for download here. For more information, please email