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NASA Astronomy/Space Internship (stipend) JAMES S. MCDONELL PLANETARIUMPosted by: Saint Louis Science Center
Posted date: 2013-Jul-16
Location: St. Louis City, MO
The Missouri Space Grant Consortium operates under a NASA Training Grant through NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Its primary objective is the recruitment and retention of students of high academic potential for careers in aerospace science, aerospace engineering, planetary science, and astrobiology. The Internship programs are an important means to achieve this objective.
This internship is designed to develop programming to help visitors to the Saint Louis Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium connect with the science and engineering of the Mars Science Laboratory and on Martian Planetary science in general including aerospace challenges involved. Programming will be developed to target K-12 students and the general public with a special focus on engaging with minorities and female students. The intern’s main responsibilities will be:
As a part of a nationwide effort to attract students to careers in science and engineering we are interested in becoming as effective as possible in our role as a center for science and to “ignite and sustain a lifelong interest” in science and related fields.
A big part of this internship is to help us by presenting, developing and evaluating visitor interaction with Mars Science Lab themed science demonstrations. Based on these observations and evaluations the intern will develop additional and new programming modes while working closely with internship supervisor.
Candidate should be a current graduate or under graduate student on a course toward a degree in astronomy, planetary science, aerospace engineering or closely related field and have a very strong interest in the space sciences.
OTHER SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
Intern will be working with the general public and various types groups on a daily basis, so the candidate should be outgoing, enthusiastic and comfortable with public speaking. Intern should have strong computer skills and be well versed in office software.
Internship is a 16 week program and approximately 15 hours weekly. Our intern needs to schedule most hours on Monday through Friday between 9:30 am - 4:30 pm and, on occasion, to be available to work some limited weekend hours. Pay rate is $10 hourly.