Internship with Lunar & Planetary Institute –Lunar Exploration Summer Internship Program – USA

Please note this internship is different than the one posted earlier from the same institute. The other internship from LPI can be viewed here – both the internships are open to applications from international students.

Does “A small step for a human being, a giant leap for the man-kind!” ring a bell? After a long hiatus, NASA is returning humans to the Moon. This internship is your chance to engage in an exciting new exploration initiative designed to study the lunar surface robotically. Never thought that you would get to play a role in the next Moon landing, did you? Well, here is your chance. The last date to apply is 20th January 2012 – hurry!

About Lunar & Planetary Institute: – Lunar & Planetary Institute (LPI, is a research institute that provides support services to NASA and the planetary science community, and conducts planetary science research under the leadership of staff scientists, visiting researchers, and postdoctoral fellows. The Lunar and Planetary Institute was first described by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968 as “a center of research where scientists working in the sciences of space cooperate to profoundly affect the community’s knowledge of the universe.”  The Institute serves in three main capacities: Research Science, Service to NASA and the Planetary Science Community, and Education and Public Outreach.

About Internship: – After a long hiatus, NASA is returning humans to the Moon. The agency and its partners in academia, industry, and the international community are engaged in an exciting new exploration initiative designed to study the lunar surface robotically beginning in 2008 and with crewed landers before 2020. NASA asked the National Research Council (NRC) to develop a set of science priorities for this lunar exploration initiative. They recently released a report that summarizes The Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon.

To help integrate those science priorities with NASA’s exploration program, the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is hosting a special summer intern program to evaluate possible landing sites for robotic and human exploration missions. Two teams of students will work with LPI science staff and other collaborators to evaluate the best landing sites to address each of the NRC’s science priorities.  This will be a unique team activity that should foster extensive discussions among students and senior science team members.

Who can apply: – College graduate students in geology, planetary science, and related programs are eligible. Preference will be given to graduate students, but applications from excellent undergraduate students with at least 50 semester hours of credit will also be considered.  Relevant fields for undergraduate students are geology, astronomy, chemistry, and physics. Selection is based on these criteria: (1) scholarship, curriculum, and experience; and (2) career objectives and scientific interest

Location: – Houston, Texas, United States of America

Duration: – 10 Weeks in summer 2012 (May 29th – August 3rd 2012)

Stipend: –   If selected, you will receive a $5000 stipend plus a U.S. travel stipend of $1000. (Foreign nationals will receive a $1500 foreign travel reimbursement in lieu of the travel stipend.)

How to apply: – Please refer to LPI Lunar Intern Page for more info and application details. The last date to apply is January 20th, 2012 – rush!

Editor’s note: – Information above is my interpretation and paraphrasing of what I found on the shared link. If you have any more specific information on this internship or have interned in this program before and would like to share your experience, please leave a comment.

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