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Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships

Primary Institution: Space Studies Board
Affiliation: National Research Council
City: Washington
State: DC
Job Duration: Minimum of 10 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Junior Year
Minimum GPA: n/a
Position Type: Policy
Discipline(s): Astronomy; Astrophysics; Gravitation
Fluid Dynamics and Gases
Plasmas and Beam Physics
Other Engineering
Solar and Space Physics; Planetary Science; Astrobiology; Space Science Policy
Description: As part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding, the Space Studies Board (SSB) has 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 program is to provide promising undergraduate and graduate 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.

Established in 1958 to serve as the focus of the interests and responsibilities in space research for the National Academies, the Board provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications, and it serves as the focal point within the National Academies for activities on space research. It 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. The SSB also serves as the U.S. National Committee for the International Council for Science (ICSU) Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

The Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships are offered twice annually. The summer program is restricted to undergraduates and the autumn program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The deadline for applications for the summer 2008 program is January 15, 2008. The deadline for applications to the autumn program is June 16, 2008.

Individuals seeking a Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship must have the following qualifications:

     Be a registered student at a U.S. university or college;
     Completed his/her junior year, majoring in physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, or geology (other areas considered on a case-by-case basis);
     Have long-term career goals in space science research, applications, or policy;
     Possess good written and verbal communications skills and a good knowledge of his/her particular area of study;
     Be capable of responding to general guidance and working independently;
     Be familiar with the internet, world-wide web and basic research techniques; and
     Familiarity with Microsoft Word and HTML is highly desirable, but not essential.
Stipend: $13.50 to $14.50 per hour
Application Deadline: 01/15/2008
Deadline for Autumn Program is June 16, 2008
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