[amsat-dc] NASA Announces Student Internships for Summer

Kilroy, Patrick L. (GSFC-5680) patrick.l.kilroy at nasa.gov
Mon Jan 14 14:05:31 PST 2013

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NASA Announces Student Internships for Summer

College Level Internships
NASA says they are accepting applications for college 
level summer internship positions among several NASA field 
centers.  "But don't wait until the deadline," advises 
NASA mentor and fellow AMSAT member, Pat Kilroy, N8PK.  
"The opportunities to work on a CubeSat team, for 
example, are exciting but pretty competitive."  

It is thought that students who know the "AMSAT way" 
and who have an Amateur Radio license and some hands on 
experience have a distinct advantage in the midst of such 

"That worked for me," said Pat.

Students can view opportunities and apply for them in one 
place.  To start, the prospective student should go to: 


then click the Student Opportunities tab then select 
Internships, which will bring you to the OSSI:NIFS page 
describing the overall internship program.  

Using the Search Opportunities tab from there, scroll 
down to the bottom for the "Enter keywords" box and enter 
"cubesat" without the quotes to view the variety of 
different opportunities in this field.  

Pat Kilroy will be the lead mentor for two of the 
opportunities described.  The first, under the title of 
"CubeSat Engineering Design Team Project," applicants are 
called to develop a CubeSat spacecraft bus (i.e., the 
solar panel and battery charging, power regulation and 
distribution "EPS" subsystem, the RF communications "COM" 
subsystem, the command and data handling/processing 
avionics "C&DH" subsystem, the attitude determination and 
control "ADAC" subsystem, and the mechanical structures 
"MECH" subsystem) and one instrument (i.e., a camera/
telescope payload).  Hardware and software skills will be 
well represented.  The team will need a student Systems 
Engineer as well.  Each intern will consult with a NASA 
engineer in their area of specialty throughout the summer.  

In the second, under the title "PICetSat Module Development," 
one or two student interns are called to perform any of a 
number of tasks, including one to develop a "dual-use" 
ground station for CubeSats and high-altitude balloon and 
sounding rocket experiments.  This task will involve 
satellite and balloon tracking, RF systems, test equipment 
and antennas and antenna control automation.  

Additional details are available on the OSSI:NIFS site 
including how to contact the lead mentor for technical 
questions, and the procedure on how to apply for one of 
these Goddard Greenbelt positions as well as many others.

High School Internship Applications at NASA
The application process for high school students to apply 
for a summer internship can be found on the  same OSSI:NIFS 
Web site as given above for the summer at one of many 
locations around the country.  As  noted in the opportunity 
description already mentioned, up to two local high school 
seniors will be selected to participate on the CubeSat 
team in Greenbelt.  

[ANS thanks NASA for the above information.]


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