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Student Satellite Balloon Payload Summer Internship 2014-2015

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity
No Experience Necessary

Application Deadline: January 27, 2014
Award Announcements: February 21, 2014

The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) is looking for four to six full-time students from affiliate member institution, majoring in a science or engineering discipline, to join the science payload team of our high-altitude balloon project, Elijah. Interested students need not have experience, a pre-formed team or an initial idea for a payload project, only the desire to work with other students to conceive of and carry out a payload project. The WSGC will form the team and provide the launch personnel and vehicle, as well as a mentor.

Each intern will receive a $4000 award, paid in increments. In addition, lodging at the MSOE dorms may be paid for students who do not live in the area. All funding subject to availability.

Work period:
Approximately 13 May 2014 to 16 August 2014, with some data analysis to be performed through December 2014. Start time is flexible, based on the end of spring term for each institution.

Meetings of the team will take place in Milwaukee or occasionally Green Bay, Wisconsin. Students must be able to provide their own transportation.

Program description:
As part of the Student Satellite Initiative, the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) runs the Elijah High-Altitude Balloon project, which provides opportunities for students to fly their science experiments in a near-space environment. For this part of the Elijah Project, selected students will form a collaborative team of science and engineering specialists, whose task will be to design and build a payload to be launched from a high-altitude balloon that will ascend up to 100,000 feet or more before bursting. Students will be expected to define an important science question or set of questions that might be addressed by a high-altitude balloon flight, and then with the assistance of mentors, design and build a science-driven payload. Students will design and build the science experiments to fly in this environment, assist the Elijah Launch Team in the launch of their payload; track and chase the balloon as it traverses, retrieve the payload upon landing, and analyze the resulting data. Payload Team members will also be responsible for presenting their results at the annual Wisconsin Space Conference, to be held August 2014.


·        This internship opportunity is open to U.S. citizens enrolled at any Affiliate Member institution of the WSGC, majoring in any science, math, technology, or engineering discipline.

·    Students should be sophomores, juniors, or seniors as of fall of 2014 and must be enrolled through December of 2014.

·    Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum 2.5 GPA, and those who can demonstrate a strong interest in the success of the project. Motivation and teamwork are more important than experience, with self-motivation and ability to complete work with minimal supervision being absolutely critical.

The Consortium especially encourages applications from members of minority groups, women, and persons with disabilities. Internships will be awarded on the basis of academic performance, experience and demonstration of commitment to the project. The diverse scientific and engineering needs of the team will also be considered.

Interviews will be scheduled individually; every effort will be made to schedule interviews at the applicant's home campus or via phone conversation.

Before applying, please read the Additional Requirements.

To Apply: Application Form

For instructions on applying, please read the Balloon Payload Application Instructions

Need more information? Contact our program office:

Program Office
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
Green Bay, WI 54311