Bryce Canyon National Park Summer Astronomy Outreach Internship

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Willard L. Eccles Foundation, and the Sorenson Legacy Foundation


Become an Astronomy Ranger this summer in Utah’s canyon country through a unique astronomy outreach internship.  Millions of visitors visit southern Utah’s parks each year, and its dark skies are a wonderful place to get people excited about astronomy.  The two selected interns will spend the summer living at Bryce Canyon NP and participating in their night time programs. These programs involve giving talks about astronomy and dark sky preservation and operating telescopes.  These internship positions are specifically targeted at undergraduate students interested in teaching astronomy to the general public.  

Details: The position runs for 12 weeks with a preferred start date in mid-May.  A $5000 stipend will be supplied to cover expenses and travel to/from Bryce.  Free lodging will be provided by the park.  Typically, 75% of  your time will be spent on astronomy and dark sky related activities, while the other 25% of the time you will be doing other park activities (e.g. working at the front desk answering questions).  Due to COVID, duties may be somewhat modified -- last summer students primarily did constellation tours, and telescopes were not used.  This may be similar this summer, but we will find a way to get you interacting with visitors safely.  Your primary training and interactions will be with interpretive rangers at Bryce.

Application Process:  Deadline: February 4, 2022

Your application should include a one-page letter describing your interest in the position and why you’d be a good fit for the job; please be sure to include any experience you have working with telescopes or doing night sky outreach, and also include any work you have done to reach out to diverse populations.  You should also include a CV clearly listing your astronomy course work and any education or outreach activities you’ve participated in, as well as the contact information of your two recommenders. Only US citizens and permanent residents and current undergraduate students are eligible. 

Send these materials as a single PDF to Dr. Anil Seth:

with the subject heading:

Bryce Canyon Application

Finally arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to before the deadline with the subject heading:

Bryce Canyon Recommendation

2015 Interns: Chloe Stabler & Shannon Osborne

2016 Interns: Charles Anderson & Dani Schurhammer

2017 Interns: Kira Fritsche & Sylvia Kowalski

2018 Interns: Nicole Zawadzki & Madeleine Beck

2019 Interns: Riley McGlasson & Emily Walla

2020 Interns: Ben Weiser & Jason Trump

2021 Interns: Caleb Riggs & Samantha Creech

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