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Space Studies Board Space Policy Internship

Primary Institution: National Research Council
Affiliation: Space Studies Board
City: Washington
State: DC
Job Duration: minimum of 10 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Junior Year
Position Type: Policy
Discipline(s): Astronomy; Astrophysics; Gravitation
Astrobiology, Solar System Exploration, Solar and Space Physics, Space Biology and Medicine, Micro-gravity Research, Earth-remote Sensing and Space-science Policy
Description: The goal of the internship is to provide a promising undergraduate student(s) an opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the Nation's Capital, under the aegis of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciencess.
     The successful candidate will typically have completed his/her junior year, majoring in physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, or geology (other areas considered on a case-by-case basis), and should have long-term career goals in research, applications, or policy in one of these areas.
     Good written and verbal communications skills and a good knowledge base in his/her particular area of study are required. Candidates should be capable of responding to general guidance and working independently. Familiarity with the internet and WWW is essential; familiarity with Microsoft Word and HTML is highly desirable but not essential.
Stipend: $13.00 to $14.50 per hour
Application Deadline: 02/16/2007
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Additional Information: The intern will work with the Space Studies Board, its committees, and staff on one or more of the advisory projects currently underway. Projects presently envisioned, but subject to change, for the 2007 internship period are as follows:

• An assessment of NASA's solar system exploration programs

• A celebration the first 50 years of space science in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year

• An assessment of NASA's Beyond Einstein program

• An assessment of the impacts of the recent changes to the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System, particularly with respect to measurements related to climate research

• A study to identify possible research activities during human and robotic exploration of the Moon

• A workshop to promote dialogue on the impact on space science of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations

The Board provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications. The Board oversees advisory studies and program assessments, facilitates international research coordination, and promotes communications on space science and science policy between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public.

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: David H. Smith
Room 1034, The Keck Center
500 Fifth St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-334-3477
Fax: 202-334-3701
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