Position Description

LIGO Lab Intern
Job Category Occasional
ExemptOvertimeEligible Overtime Eligible
Benefits Eligible Non-Benefit Based
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Job Summary

LIGO Lab seeks a highly motivated and skilled Outreach and Science/Engineering Intern to join its team. Interns will spend time both with outreach and scientific staff facilitating the growth of their communication, as well as technical, knowledge and skills.

This is an in-person, on-site opportunity at LIGO Lab's Hanford Observatory near the Tri-Cities, WA. The internship is year-round during the school semester and in the summer.

Essential Job Duties

Outreach interns assist Education and Public Outreach (EPO) staff in leading outreach activities such as field trips, STEM nights, and classroom activities. In addition to assisting with current outreach activities interns use their creativity and knowledge to design new lessons, activities, and programs. When not assisting with outreach activities interns have the opportunity to work on project with one of several groups on site such as the electrical engineering lab or the computer science group.

Interns are expected to work approximately 10 hours a week during school and 40 hours per week during the summer. Schedules are flexible and will take into account other commitments interns may have. Occasional nights and weekends may be required.

Basic Qualifications

  • Candidate should be currently pursuing an undergraduate degree for one of the following fields of study: education, engineering, computer science, or physics.
  • Candidate must be able to attend the LIGO Hanford Observatory in-person, therefore reliable transportation is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience working with K-12 students and/or the public.

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Hiring Range

$18.50 - $21.25 Per Hour

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

As one of the largest employers in Pasadena, CA, Caltech is committed to providing comprehensive benefits to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Our benefits package includes competitive compensation, health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement savings plans, generous paid time off (vacation, holidays, sick time, parental leave, bereavement, etc.), tuition reimbursement, and more. Non-benefit eligible employees will have access to some benefits such as onsite counseling and sick time. Learn more about our benefits and staff perks

EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

To read more Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) go to eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf.

Disability Accommodations

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