Internship FAQs

Q: Is this an official Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program funded through the NSF?
A: No, the Carnegie internship is not an NSF REU, although we aim for a similar experience as other NSF REU programs.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements?
A: Students should be pursuing undergraduate study at a local (DC, MD, VA) college or university in astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology, physics, planetary science, or a related field. We will also accept applications from students who are from DC, MD, or VA and pursuing undergraduate study in one or more of these fields at a non-local college or university. Students are equally encouraged to apply whether or not they have prior research experience.

Q: What is included in the application?
A: The online application asks for information about you (name, address, demographic information), your previous research experience, and your motivation for pursuing this internship. There are several short (<= 250 word) prompts. We also ask for the contact information of two references (but they do not need to submit letters), and that you upload a CV or resume and unofficial undergraduate transcripts. Please read over the application first, and draft your response in a separate document before filling out the online form for submission.

Q: I’m not a US Citizen. Am I eligible to apply?
A: Our program does not require US citizenship, but we do focus on students who are based in and reside in the US full-time and require interns to hold visas to study in the US or DACA status. While we appreciate that there are many students worldwide who are enthusiastic about research, we are not able to accommodate students from abroad.

Q: I am currently a senior undergraduate set to graduate in the spring.  Am I eligible to apply?
A: Yes.  We consider applications from current seniors, even if you would potentially be attending our program after you graduate. If this applies to you, please include a brief description of your plans in the "other information" part of the application (e.g. I’ve applied to graduate schools, I want to take a year off and work, I have a job lined up at Observatory X / Research Lab Y, etc.).

Q: I’m not pursuing a degree in one of the listed majors, despite being very interested in the subject.  Am I eligible to apply?
A: Our program is primarily intended for students pursuing STEM degrees and careers. We will also consider applications from students pursuing a degree in a related field like engineering or mathematics if there is a clear connection expressed to one of the research subfields on our campus.

Q: If I am local and do not need accommodation can I get travel support?
A: Interns are not required to stay at our accommodation at AU, although they are encouraged to, and a daily travel stipend will be offered.
Q: Is this program offered to high school students or recent high school graduates who have not yet entered University?
A: Please send an email to, and Dr. Teske will aim to get back to you within a few days.