Former Department of Physics Research Intern at University of Chicago
over 1 year ago
I worked in Experimental Physics rather than Theoretical Physics so consider this when reading my answer. A Physics Research Internship is quite a laid back job compared to many others. For the most part, you get to determine your work schedule (as long as you are getting your work done and attending mandatory meetings). But your days more specifically will likely include reading papers, trying things out with pen and paper, trying things out on the computer, meeting with members of your lab, planning experiments, thinking about experiments, and of course running experiments.