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Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships 2014

Primary Institution: Space Studies Board
Affiliation: National Research Council
City: Washington
State: DC
Job Duration: Minimum of 10 weeks (Start and end dates are flexible)
Class Requirement: Completed Junior Year
Minimum GPA: n/a
Position Type: Policy
Discipline(s): Astronomy; Astrophysics; Gravitation
Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics
Biology/Life Science
Computational science
Condensed Matter: Structure and Mechanical/Thermal Properties
Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure and Electromagnetic/Optical Properties
Elementary Particles and Fields
Environmental Science
Fluid Dynamics and Gases
Geology/Ocean science
Medical Physics
Nonlinear Dynamics
Nuclear Physics
Plasmas and Beam Physics
Electrical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Other Engineering
Interdisciplinary Physics: Biological Physics; Quantum Information; Etc.
Solar and Space Physics; Planetary Science; Astrobiology; Space Science Policy
Description: The goal of the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship 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 2014 program is February 7, 2014.  Applications for the autumn 2014 program will be accepted between April 1 and June 6, 2014.

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 a physical science, geo-science or engineering (candidates with a non-science background will be liberally 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: $14.50 to $18.00 per hour
Application Deadline: 02/07/2014
Job Website:
Additional Information: Please see the Berkner Intern web site for complete application procedures.  The deadline for the 2014 Autumn Program is June 6, 2014

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: David H. Smith
Keck 968
500 Fifth St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-334-3477
Fax: 202-334-3701
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