IAstro Summer Internships

Get in touch with research in astrophysics and cosmology and science communication at the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences


Provide to university students a first contact with the reality of research and with the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) and develop complementary skills in science communication.



The target audience of this project are undergraduate and master’s students from national and international universities in the areas of astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology and associated disciplines: physics, engineering, mathematics, informatics and data science.

Since July 2020, the project has reached 145 students from 11 different countries, and has had the support of 32 supervisors and 6 science communicators of the IA.

The IAstro summer internships were created with the aim of enhancing the contact with university students, promoting research and the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences as potential career options.

During three weeks, throughout the month of July, participants develop small research or science communication projects under the guidance of IA researchers and communicators. The internship program also has three days dedicated to science communication, in which essential soft-skills for a researcher or even a student in a scientific area are worked on. The work developed during the internship is presented in a final seminar.

The project started in 2020, in an online format and focused on Portuguese students. It has grown over time, evolving into a hybrid format, with the possibility of face-to-face supervision. It has also expanded its reach, currently receiving applications from all over the world.

More detailed information about the 2021 and 2022 editions can be found in the respective links.




Catarina Leote (Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences)