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Career and Professional Development Services

Need help planning your next steps after graduation? Career and Professional Development Services (CPDS) can help. CPDS provides in-person and virtual resources for ASU students and alumni such as:

Career Assessments   Career Advising  Career Exploration  Resume or CV review  Practice Interviews 

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Start Preparing for your Career or Graduate School

Choose a Path

Research career paths to determine the best fit for you.

Some career paths may require a graduate degree. Use GradSchoolShopper to research graduate programs that thrive in your field. Check out the most recent companies that have hired physics graduates.

Interested in the medical field? There are various health related career paths you can take. 


Make yourself known to your professors by attending office hours, setting up one-on-one meetings, and attending department events. The best letters of recommendation come from those that know you in and outside of the classroom. 

Explore Experiences

Elevate your education by completing an experience. Use the Elevate Experience Finder to find an activity that aligns with your interests. 

  • Internships - Build skills that are desirable to employers. Use Handshake, Indeed, LinkedIn, and other job sites to find available positions. 
  • Research  - Research experience will help indicate your level of competency in a lab, your ability to work with other students and faculty, and your eagerness to contribute to the physics community.
  • Additional Skills -Take time to figure out if you need skills that your degree did not provide. Skills could include: programming, industry knowledge, grant writing, project management, or even public speaking. 

Attend a Conference

Conferences provide students with the opportunity to learn about research conducted by their peers and in some instances provides students with the ability showcase their own research. 

Find a graduate program

Finding the right graduate program is more than a great location. Students should consider a university's specific faculty, funding, notable research, and group openings.

  • GradSchoolShopper - a database that compiles information on graduate programs within the physical sciences. 
  • Inclusion - If you would like information on the climate for women in physics, APS has compiled 92 surveys from various institutions regarding inclusion. 
  • Medical School - Check out ASU's Pre-health website for information on various medical programs.
  • Graduate School Comparison Worksheet - Use this document to help narrow down graduate programs. 

Apply to Graduate School

Graduate Admission Workshops/Programs

Application Materials

Internship Credit

Students are responsible for finding an internship opportunity. Once an internship is secured, students may apply to obtain credit for their experience. 


Students may earn up to 3 credit hours for their internship experience. You should know the amount of hours you plan to work before applying for credit. 

Credits Total Hours Weekly Hours Fall/Spring Weekly Hours Summer
1 45 3 3.25
2 90 6 7.5
3 135 9 11.25


  1. Student must be a major within the Department of Physics 
  2. 45 hours completed
  3. At least 12 hours completed at ASU 
  4. A 2.5 Cumulative ASU GPA
  5. A 3.0 Cumulative GPA in critical courses (MAT and PHY)


To receive credit you must submit an application by the below dates. Exceptions will not be made for late submissions. 

Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

PHY 484 Internship Application 

Where are they now?

List of careers pursued by recent ASU physics graduates

Career Title Company/Organization Location
Tutor/Camp Leader All Around Math Learning Tempe
Government Relations Specialist American Physical Society Washington D.C.
Process Support Engineer Applied Materials Chandler
Teacher Assistant Arizona State University Tempe
Teacher BASIS Educational Group Chandler
Technician Assistant Don Air, LLC Scottsdale
Quantitative Analyst DriveTime Phoenix
Materials Scientist Headway Technologies, Inc San Jose
Electrical Engineer 2 Racion Tucson
Test Engineer Soraa Fremont
Administrator Stoneman Law Patent Group Phoenix
Director, Photography 282 Studios, LLC Tempe
File Clerk Aiken Schenk Hawkins & Ricciardi P.C. Phoenix
Research Assistant Arizona State University, Biodesign Institute Tempe
Consultation Agent Best Buy Chandler
Director, Flight Challenger Space Center Peoria
Regulatory Affairs Associate CR Bard Tempe
Research Analyst Global Patent Solutions Scottsdale
Process Engineer Intel Corporation Hillsboro
Intern, Application Nanoscience Instruments Phoenix
Failure Analysis Engineer Soraa Fremont
Web Developer Vuurr Chandler
Engineer - Los Angeles
Mechanical Engineer - Tempe
Engineering Aide - Chandler
Process Engineer, Senior American Society for Microbiology, Arizona/Southern Nevada Branch Phoenix
Engineer Boeing Company, The St. Louis
Space Vehicle Controller Boeing Company, The Springfield
Software Engineer Demandbase Inc San Francisco
Associate, Senior Discover Financial Services Phoenix
Process Engineer Lam Researcg Corporation Fremont
Photonics Engineer Optilab, LLC Phoenix
Field Application Engineer Radiall Tempe
Associate Assistant Discover Phoenix
Corporate Accounting - Phoenix
Assistant Director, Finance - Sedona
Research Assistant - -
Tutor Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler
Unit Process Engineer IBM Corporation Albany
Software Engineer Intel Corporation Chandler
Systems Engineer Orbital ATK, Inc Gilbert
Traffic Support Lead Sports Entertainment Services Phoenix
Legal Assistant Suzette Lorrey-Wiggs P.C. Tempe
Tutor Varsity Tutors Phoenix

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