Internship site: ALMA/ESO, Santiago, Chile
Tell us a little about your IIP, any fun projects you are engaging with, and what has been rewarding? At my IIP, I am working in an office in Santiago for ESO/ALMA (both international organizations with observatories here in Chile). While at my desk, I am studying protoplanetary disks with my advisor and looking to simulate sensitivity that astrometric missions such as Gaia and Hipparcos may have in 5 to 10 years! The most rewarding experience so far has been accompanying an astronomer to the high-site at ALMA's OSF and AOS in the Atacama Desert. There, I was able to take in breathtaking desert views of the Andes and reach an altitude of 5000 meters to watch different units of the 66 telescope array through maintenance and transportation.
Do you have tips for future interns? Do anything and everything you can to engage in your communities! Whether that be movie nights with your roommates, sitting with different coworkers during office lunches, or even exploring and making friends with the local cafe/churro cart staff, all are fantastic ways to learn more about the culture and area you are calling home for a few months.
Your favorite book: Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut (novel collection of short stories!)
IIP Summer Playlist Song: ULTRA SOLO REMIX by Polima Westcoast