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Florida Space Internship Program

Florida Space Internship Program

Space Life Sciences Lab, Exploration Park at Kennedy Space Center

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) and Space Florida (SF) are partnering in a STEM Internship Program at the Space Life Sciences Laboratory (SLSL), Exploration Park at KSC, during summer 2014.  FSGC will act as the Lead in this program and will have final decision on the selection of potential STEM mentors and interns.  The 2014 program will comprise 5 SLSL internships of 10 weeks duration. The 2014 internship program will commence on June 2, and conclude on August 8, 2014. This will be a paid internship of $5,000 for the 10-week program.

The goal of the Internship program will be to train and recruit Florida science/engineering students (US citizens only) into the aerospace & aviation workforce as future employees, while encouraging further study and academic achievement. Particular emphasis will be directed towards building and strengthening allegiances between Space Florida, Florida Space Grant Consortium, NASA-KSC, Florida Universities, as well as Space Life Sciences Laboratory & Exploration Park tenants.

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Application and Program structure

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  • Undergraduates & graduates in Florida institutions (US citizens only) may apply for a 10-week, paid summer internship at the Space Life Sciences Laboratory adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center; each successful applicant will receive a $5000 stipend for their participation
  • FSGC and Space Florida will support 5 projects at the SLSL. See list below
  • Students can select up to 2 projects but should list their preference in the cover letter
  • Students will submit their application online at  by May 2, 2014 and will include the following documents:
    1. Resume
    2. Transcripts
    3. 2 letters of recommendation
    4. 2 page cover letter listing their choice of 2 projects and a description on the reasons they would like to work on the projects, their experience, and their plans for the future
  • Students must take care of their own private accommodations for the internship and are also responsible for their own transportation.
  • Students are expected to consider this internship as full time and therefore should not be attending summer classes.
  • The internship stipends will be paid directly to the students by  FSGC.
  • Each intern and SLSL mentor will be expected to submit a work experience report to FSGC at the conclusion of the program.

    Selected Projects at the Space Life Science Lab

    1. Dr. Jamie Foster, University of Florida –  Assessing the impact of microgravity on the innate immune system using the squid-vibrio model system

    2. Dr. Jamie Foster, University of Florida -  Microgravity-induced differential gene regulation in the symbiotic bacterium Vibrio fischeri

    3. Dr. Don Platt, Micro Aerospace Solutions, Inc. -Electrical engineering test support for NASA Sunjammer mission

    4. Dr. Andrew Schuerger, University of Florida - Survival and Growth of Spacecraft Microorganisms under Mars Simulated Conditions

    5. Dr. Andrew Schuerger, Univ. of Florida and Dr. David Smith, NASA Surface Systems Office – Aerobiology of Atmospheric Dusts over Florida A Possible Source of Contamination on Planetary Spacecraft at KSC


    Internship information

    (a) Interns will be paid a total of $5,000, in two stages. 60% of the stipend will be paid to the student within 4 days of the internship start date, provided the interns have submitted the paperwork provided to them after the notice of their selection and before the start of their internships. Selected students will be given sufficient time to complete their paperwork. Interns will work a 10-week internship, 8 hours a day, precise times to be as agreed with Mentors.

    (b) Interns will require their own laptops and must be US citizens.

    (c) Interns will be orientated with the safety/security regulations/operations at SLSL, KSC and CCAFS.

    (d) During Internship, Interns may be provided with an on-site tour of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with other opportunities to be arranged. This will raise awareness amongst the interns of the economic impact of the aerospace program in the US as well as current research.

    (e) Interns will be provided with clear and written instructions as to their behavior, timekeeping, dress and the accepted standards of performance while they are interning at the SLSL/Exploration Park.

    (f) Mentors will ensure that the SLSL interns have sufficient work to carry on with during their internship at the SLSL. Mentors will also assume full responsibility for the activities and behavior of their interns, while in the work zone.

    (g) At the conclusion of the Internships, both mentors and interns will complete Final Technical Report and Activity Report which will be copied to both FSGC and SF.

    (h) Towards the conclusion of the internship, the students will be invited to make a presentation of their work accomplishments to a gathering of Mentors and other invited space industry guests at the SLSL.

    (i) FSGC reserves the right to require additional information / reports / waivers as may be required to comply with funding agency requirements at any time during the internship and within 1 year from the internship end date.

    (j) Student selection preference will be given to new applicants.


    Internship Schedule:

  • April 7 – Request for student / interns released
  • May 2 – Closing date for students / interns
  • May 7 – Student Applications passed on to mentors
  • May 14 – Selection of 5 – intern / students
  • May 16 – Student / interns informed
  • June 2  – Internship commences
  • June 9  – 1st payment to interns (60% of stipend on submission of student tracking forms, signed scholarship agreement form and waiver forms)
  • Aug 1 – – 5 Interns present at the SLSL and paid their final 40% upon receipt of required project description form and personal experience questionnaire
  • August 8 – Internship ends
  • September 8 – Mentors and student / interns will be requested to complete a Final Report

    2013 Summer FSGC-SF Interns at SLSL

    NATHANIEL GARLAND  (UFL)  “SyNRGE3-Symbiotic-Nodulation-in-a-Reduced-Gravity-Environment-­‐Cubed” under the guidance of Dr. Michael Roberts
    KELLY GRAY  (FIT)  “Optimization-of-growth-conditions-for-Synechocystis-SK-­‐14” under the guidance of Dr. Deborah Wells.  
    KIMBERLY LINEBERGER   (FIT)  “Microbial-Monitoring-Comparing-qPCR-Platforms-for-ISS-Integration” under the guidance of Dr. David Smith.
    RAED NARVEL  (UFL)  “Development-of-Antibiotic-Resistant-Microbes-During-Human-Space-Flight” under the guidance of Dr. Wayne Nicholson

    Florida Space Research Program (FSRP)

    2014 Florida Space Research Program

    The Florida Space Research Program (FSRP), formerly called Florida Space Research & Education Grant Program (FSREGP), is jointly funded by the Florida Space Grant Consortium, and Space Florida. Its purpose is to support the expansion and diversification of Florida’s space industry by increasing statewide academic involvement in space research, engineering, education, and training programs that are consistent with the state’s space industry priorities. This matching grant program combines state, federal, and other funds for competitive award to projects sponsored within, or conducted in partnership with, the state’s public and private academic institutions. Teaming with industry, nonprofit institutions, and federal agencies is strongly encouraged. K-12 collaboration is also encouraged on appropriate projects.

    The eligibility for these grants are as follows:

    Grants are intended for faculty researchers from FSGC affiliated universities
    and colleges. Proposals from non-affiliated Florida universities, colleges,
    community colleges, and industry will be viewed more favorably if the project
    involves collaborations with FSGC affiliates. Other non-academic
    organizations are also eligible to receive grant awards, especially if their
    proposed projects include involvement with FSGC affiliates.
    Preference will be given to rpopsoals that are aligned with NASA’s piorities

    Notice of Intent by March 28, 2014

    Deadline: Proposals due by May 16, 2014

    Notification of Award – July 30, 2014 (subject to receipt of  funding from NASA for 2014 program cycle)

    1 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY Learn about the program, its eligibility requirements, how to apply and reporting requirements.
    (Adobe PDF Format and Word Document)
    2 RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES Find the best matching research opportunity at various NASA centers
    3 ONLINE APPLICATION Read detailed instructions to register and successfully complete your online application.

    Space Grant Fellowship Program


    2014-15 Fellowship Program

    The Space Grant Fellowship Program provides a prestigious instrument to reward and attract the best and the brightest of US citizens to space-related careers. The program is also designed to enhance cooperation among FSGC-affiliated university faculty and peers in industry, government and private laboratories. Accordingly, each Fellow will receive an Academic Year fellowship stipend of $21,000 for full-time doctoral study, renewable for 2 additional years or $12,000 for full time Master’s study, renewable for 1 additional year.

    Florida Space Grant Fellows are expected to be involved in FSGC outreach activities. These activities will differ from campus to campus and a specific assignment will be made after consultation with the FSGC representative at that institute.

    Eligible Fields: All nominees shall be enrolled in masters or doctoral programs with the intent of pursuing “space” research broadly defined to include aeronautics and astronautics, remote sensing, atmospheric sciences, and other fundamental sciences and technologies relying on and/or directly impacting space technological resources. Included within this definition are space science, earth observing science, space life sciences, space medicine, space policy, law, and engineering, astronomy and astrophysics, space facilities and applications, and space education.

    Preference will be given to projects that are aligned with NASA’s priorities

    Notification of Award – June, 2014 (subject to availability of funds)

    1 ANOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY Learn about the program, its eligibility requirements, how to apply and reporting requirements.
    (Adobe PDF Format and Word Document)
    2 RESEARCH OPPORTUNITITES Find the best matching research opportunity at various NASA centers
    3 ONLINE APPLICATION Read detailed instructions to register and successfully complete your online application.
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