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NASA International Internships Programme and New Zealand Space Scholarship

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Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury, Christchurch, Dunedin, Otago, Tauranga, Manawatu, Greymouth


Aviation, Science, Information Technology

Qualification Requirements:

Working towards a degree


8 months ago

Application Open

1st Dec 2019 12:00am

Application Close

19th Dec 2019 12:00am

NASA International Internship Programme
The NASA International Internship Programme is an opportunity for tertiary students from around the world to work collaboratively on research with a NASA mentor.

The programme takes place at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California and is designed so interns can enhance their international and intercultural understanding and skills by working on NASA research or a NASA-related mission or project.
Opportunities for collaboration with a diverse range of other interns are provided in both formal and informal settings.

What topics can I work on?
Interns will collaborate under the guidance of a NASA mentor in the following areas:
  • Entry systems such as safely delivering spacecraft to Earth & other celestial bodies
  • Advanced Computing & IT Systems including supercomputing
  • Aerosciences
  • Air Traffic Management including NextGen Air Transportation
  • Astrobiology and Life Science
  • Cost-Effective Space Missions
  • Intelligent/Adaptive Systems including Autonomy and Robotics, and Human Systems Integration
  • Space and Earth Science including Exoplanets and Airborne Science.

Applicants will be required to indicate which areas they would be most interested in focusing on during the internship.

The New Zealand Space Scholarship
To help you undertake your internship, the New Zealand Space Agency will award New Zealand Space Scholarships to the successful students.

The scholarship aims to:
  • Support New Zealand’s high-achieving students in space-related activities – the programme will give New Zealand’s future innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists a head-start in their careers by enabling them to develop technical skills at a world-leading space agency, build international professional networks and develop their understanding of the global space economy.
  • Build capability in the New Zealand space economy – New Zealand’s ability to leverage existing international space intelligence, thought-leaders and networks such as those at NASA is crucial as we continue to build capability in the New Zealand space industry. Over time, the programme’s alumni will provide a unique source of skills, knowledge and expertise into the New Zealand space economy.
  • Strengthen New Zealand’s connection to the global space network – the programme offers an opportunity to enhance New Zealand’s reputation as an active, responsible and credible space actor and strengthens New Zealand’s connection to the global space network.
  • Demonstrate New Zealand’s high-quality tertiary education – supporting New Zealand students to participate in the programme demonstrates that New Zealand tertiary education prepares students to achieve in STEM at the highest levels.

What does the scholarship cover?
The scholarship covers specified costs relating to the internship at NASA, as follows:
  • return economy airfares to United States
  • NASA administration fee
  • Accommodation (please note, the successful candidate is likely to be accommodated onsite in NASA lodging)
  • stipend (to cover food, travel and other related expenses)
  • visa-related fees
  • medical and travel insurance.
The scholarship will only cover costs associated with participating in the NASA internship. Any additional costs associated with the candidate extending their stay in the United States will be their own responsibility.
The 2020 application process is open until 5pm, 19 December 2019.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Who can apply?
The New Zealand Space Agency is looking for a diverse range of high-achieving post-graduate students to represent New Zealand at NASA.

Interested students:

Beyond the eligibility criteria, we are looking for students who are:
  • supportive team players who show respect, build partnerships and work collaboratively
  • nimble learners who are flexible, accept new ideas and are responsive to change
  • evidence gatherers who get to the heart of complex issues and problems through clear analytical thinking and effective application of expertise
  • creative thinkers who apply creativity and innovation to develop new solutions
  • planning a career in New Zealand’s growing space sector.

The application process is 2-phased. Candidates must first be selected by the New Zealand Space Agency, and secondly by NASA as it chooses finalists from a broader pool of international applicants. The first phase of the application process is supported by Education New Zealand.

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