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Undergraduates Invited to Apply for Space Policy Internships

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 11:41

As part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding, in 2008 the Space Studies Board (SSB) of the National Research Council (NRC) expanded the scope of the Space Policy Intern program it has operated since 1992 by initiating the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships. The goal of the internships is to provide promising students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the nation's capital, under the aegis of the SSB. The internships are offered twice annually.

Interns typically undertake one or more short-term research projects designed to assist with or to enhance ongoing study projects. The projects undertaken by the SSB standing committees and ad hoc task groups are in constant flux, with studies being completed and new studies beginning on a regular basis. Although this makes it difficult to predict just what the interns will get to work on, it also ensures their exposure to the different stages of the study process — from project initiation, through the committee process, to the final publication of committee reports — as several studies are being undertaken simultaneously.

The summer 2014 program is open to undergraduates (only). The deadline for applications is 7 February 2014, and selections will be made by 7 March. Additional information about the program, including the application procedure, can be found on the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships webpage. There you can also learn about the autumn 2014 program, which will accept both undergraduates and graduate students.

Crystal M. Tinch
Communications Manager
American Astronomical Society (AAS)