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Applications Available for NASA Opportunities for College Students: STScI Summer Internships, GIS Internships and PGGURP

By SpaceRef Editor
February 6, 2009
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2009 Space Telescope Science Institute Summer Student Program

Each summer, the Space Telescope Science Institute brings a dozen highly motivated college students to Baltimore, Md., for a Space Astronomy Summer Program. The Space Telescope Science Institute is the scientific operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and for the future James Webb Space Telescope. The Space Astronomy Summer Program runs ten weeks, from mid-June to mid-August. The program is designed for upper division undergraduates with a strong interest in space astronomy. Students work individually with STScI researchers and staff on research projects that might include data reduction and interpretation, software development, scientific writing, and preparing data for public releases. The program affords students the opportunity to attend lectures on a variety of exciting topics related to space astronomy, including the Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes.

The Space Astronomy Summer Program provides students a fun educational experience within a team-spirited environment. Students will be paid a stipend of approximately $500 per week.

Applications are due Feb. 20, 2009.

For more information, including answers to frequently asked questions, visit Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to .

2009 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program pairs qualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at research locations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students will spend the summer at the NASA scientist’s home institution. Selected students receive compensation for housing and travel, and a cost-of-living stipend.

Undergraduate students majoring in geology or related sciences are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2009 who have not yet started graduate school are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Students are selected on the basis of their academic record, personal statement and academic letters of reference. The selection committee also considers the skill sets requested by the NASA mentor and how well these match the applicants’ abilities.

Applications are due Feb. 23, 2009.

For more information, visit If you have questions about this opportunity, please e-mail Dr. Tracy Gregg at or Ms. Robyn Wagner at

2009 LaRC Geographic Information Systems Internship

NASA’s Langley Research Center in partnership with the Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering the Geographic Information Systems Internship Program to provide student support to the NASA GIS Team.

The GIS Internship Program is open to community college, undergraduate and graduate students majoring in the fields of geography, technology and civil engineering. Experience in geospatial technology or an interest in developing skills in spatial data technology in support of NASA’s mission is a plus.

Exceptional and highly motivated high school students with at least a 3.3 GPA are also eligible. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in entering a field such as geography, urban planning, civil engineering or related area.

The primary duties of the selected interns will include supporting the development, maintenance and data input in GIS for NASA’s Langley Research Center. Interns will also perform updates to building floor plans and assist with modifying center spatial data and Web interface.

Students from outside the Hampton, Va., area are responsible for their own lodging. Student interns will receive a stipend and are guest researchers of NASA’s Langley Research Center. Paid internships during summer, fall and spring are available each year.

Applications for summer are due March 7, 2009 .

For more information, visit . Please e-mail questions about this opportunity to Chris Carter at

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