College Intern - Space Studies Board

Washington D.C.
Nov 02, 2018
Jan 30, 2019
Education, Research
Full Time
Job Description Summary:
The college intern performs a number of basic research functions and activities that facilitate the research efforts of staff researchers. Conducts searches and compiles information or data and may assist in analyzing basic research results. Interns typically undertake one or more short-term projects designed to assist with or to enhance ongoing study projects.
Job Description:

The mission of the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPS) is to provide independent and authoritative science, technology, engineering and related policy advice to the federal government and to the nation and to promote communications between the science and technology community, the federal government, and the interested public.

DEPS seeks to assess the role of science and technology in important public policy issues and to advance science and engineering, identifying needed research as well as improvements in data and research methods. In these ways, it fosters better science and technology and their use to support decisions on public policies and programs.

DEPS' work is organized around four broad areas:

  • Unique government missions in defense, space, and aerospace
  • National infrastructure challenges such as energy and environmental systems, information and telecommunications, manufacturing and engineering design, civil engineering, and the constructed environment
  • Science and engineering disciplines such as physics, astronomy, computer science and engineering, materials science and engineering, and the mathematical sciences and their applications.
  • Continuing assessments of federal government laboratories and research programs 

The Space Studies Board (SSB) was established in 1958 to serve as the focus of the interests and responsibilities in space research for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  The SSB provides and independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications, and it serves as the focal point within the Academies for activities on space research.  It oversees advisory studies and program assesssments, facilitates international research coordination, and promotes commuincations on space science and science policy between the research community, the federal government, and the interested public.  The SSB also serves as the U.S. National Committee for the International Council for Science Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

To apply, applicants should fill out the National Academies job application on this site and send the following (1) a resume; (2) a brief statement (not to exceed one printed page) indicating academic interests and experience, and some indication of how the internship relates to the applicants long-term career plans; (3) letters of reference from three college/university faculty members familiar with the candidate's background and abilities; and (4) an official copy of an academic transcript to be sent from the college/university registrar.  Items 1 and 2 may be sent by email to David H. Smith at  Items 3 and 4 must be sent by mail to:  Space Studies Board, Keck 968; 500 Fifth Street, NW; Washington, DC 20001; Attention:  David H. Smith.

More information about the SSB Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internship can be found at

Employee Type:EmployeeScheduled Weekly Hours:37.5City/State:Washington, District of Columbia

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