ODI Program in Chile

Program Manager- Antonio Hales

Sebastian Filipini (UNAB) and Carlos Orquera (UCN) together with JAO Mentoring Scientists during summer 2018


The ODI Chile Program

NRAO's Office of Diversity & Inclusion's Chile Program is a new initiative designed to broaden participation of under-served and underrepresented populations in the field of astronomy.


NRAO, through ODI Chile, aspires to provide learning opportunities in Radio Astronomy for the under-represented. This means is that the ODI Chile program will provide opportunities for underrepresented students to undertake research, with NRAO and ALMA scientists, in the area of radio astronomy.  The ideal is for the development of long-term mentor/mentee relationships leading to eventual professional opportunities for the interns.

ODI Chile Organization

ODI Chile is part of the NRAO Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The Program Manager is Antonio Hales.

Summer Internship Opportunities

The NRAO/AUI Office of Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce that applications to its summer student research program for undergraduates in Chile will be accepted beginning August 1, 2018.  Students project may involve any aspect of astronomy ('full-spectrum' astronomy), including original research, instrumentation, telescope design, astronomical site evaluation or astronomical software development.

The internship will be conducted in the offices of the Joint ALMA Observatory, in Santiago, Chile, under the supervision of NRAO and ALMA scientific staff.

Students from all Chilean universities are eligible to participate in the program. ALMA Supervisor's choose their own student candidates from all applications received. Students are encouraged to review the webpages of the ALMA staff for an idea of the types of research being conducted at the NRAO.

Who is eligible for this summer research opportunity?

The NRAO Chile undergraduate research experience program is open to undergraduates currently enrolled in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) course at a Chilean university. The internship will be conducted primarily in English; interns will be expected to be able to read scientific literature in English.  A radio astronomy background is not required, but a solid BcS astronomy level background is essential.  Preference will be given to 3rd and 4th year students.  We are particularly interested in recruiting students from universities in the vicinity of radio telescopes.

How long is the program?

The program runs from 10 weeks over the summer, from early January to mid-March, 2019.  At the end of the summer, participants present their research results as a short talk, and submit a written report. Often, these projects result in publications in scientific journals. Financial support may be available for students to present their summer research, if appropriate, at the yearly meeting of the Chilean Astronomical Society (SOCHIAS).

Is there financial assistance?

Stipends are available for the 2018/2019 summer student program:


  • US$100/week for Santiago residents (i.e. those with housing in Santiago)
  • an extra Housing Allowance for students for students needing to obtain temporary housing (receipt of housing payment will need to be provided)
  • Travel expenses to and from Santiago (if needed) may be reimbursed, up to a maximum of US$300.


Students are expected to arrange their own lodging prior to arrival in Santiago. Local information can be found in  "Information for Incoming Summer Students."

When would I start?

The start date for the 2018/2019 program is January 2nd 2019. Students are expected to be on site for 10 consecutive weeks, an therefore the expected end date is March 10th.

How do I apply?

An Application Portal will be opened on August 1st, 2018. In order to prepare your application, here is a list of the required application materials:

  • a statement of interest in the program, to include your interest in STEM careers (and astronomy, in particular), and anything about your background and experience that may help us make a decision regarding this opportunity
  • copies of (unofficial) transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. You will be asked to upload these transcripts as a single PDF
  • letters of recommendation from two people who can evaluate your ability, experience, and potential, in PDF format. The letters of recommendation can be either uploaded with the applicant's material, or sent via email to ahales at alma.cl.

When are the applications due?

Applications are due no later than close of business, October 30th, 2018.

When can I expect to hear a decision?

Initial offers of appointments will be made around November 15th, 2018.



Claudio RiveraChilean Student presentation

Claudio Rivera, NRAO ODI Chile summer intern, presenting at the SOCHIAS 2016 meeting

Michel Maluenda, Valentina Zagal and Dr. Loreto Barcos during summer 2017.

Michel Maluenda, Valentina Zagal and Dr. Loreto Barcos during summer 2017.