Space & Aeronautics Internships at Exploration Park
Space Aeronautics Internship Program (SAIP)
At Exploration Park, Kennedy Space Center
The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) and Space Florida (SF) have agreed to partner in a STEM Internship Program at the Space Life Sciences Laboratory (SLSL), Exploration Park KSC, during summer 2013. FSGC will act as the Lead in this program and will have final decision on the selection of potential STEM mentors and interns. FSGC & SF have agreed to co-fund the costs of this Internship program on a 50/50 basis. It is proposed that the trial program in 2013 will comprise up to 4 SLSL STEM internships of 10 weeks duration. The 2013 internship program will commence on June 3, and conclude on August 9, 2013
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.
The organizations at the SLSL building include CASIS, NASA KSC, Dynamac Corp., Molecular Power Systems, Cella Energy, Innovative Health Systems, QinetiQ North America, Kentucky Space, Space Florida and with Bionetics and Lighting Sciences moving in shortly.
Application and Program structure
- Florida undergraduates & graduates (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 4 projects at the SLSL
- Microbial-Monitoring-Comparing-qPCR-Platforms-for-ISS-Integration - Dr. David Smith, Kennedy Space Center, NASA Surface Systems Office
- Optimization-of-growth-conditions-for-Synechocystis-SK-‐14 - Dr. Deborah Wells, Neuprene, Inc.
- SyNRGE3-Symbiotic-Nodulation-in-a-Reduced-Gravity-Environment-‐Cubed - Dr. Michael Roberts, CSS-Dynamac
- Development-of-Antibiotic-Resistant-Microbes-During-Human-Space-Flight - Dr. Wayne Nicholson, University of Florida
- Students can select up to 2 projects but should list their preference in the cover letter
- Students will submit their application online at http://floridaspacegrant.org/cms/wp-login.php by May 3, 2013 and will include the following documents:
- 2 letters of recommendation
- 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
Please note that you have to first register at www.floridaspacegrant.org before being able to apply online
- 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.
(a) Interns will be paid a total of $5,000, in two stages. 75% of the stipend will be paid to the student within 4 days of the internship start date, provided the interns have completed all their paperwork before the start of the 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 & CCAFS.
(d) During Internship, Interns will 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 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 Research & Activity Reports which will be copied to both FSGC & 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 KSC-invited guests at the SLSL.
- April 5 – Request for student / interns released
- May 3 – Closing date for students / interns
- May 7 – Student Applications passed on to mentors
- May 14 – Selection of 4 – intern / students
- May 17 – Student / interns informed
- June 3, – Internship commences
- June 7 – 1st payment to interns. (75% of stipend)
- Date – 2nd payment to interns
- Aug 2 – 4 Interns present at the SLSL and paid their final 25% upon receipt of required student forms
- August 9, Internship ends
- September 8 – Mentors & 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|