Interested in a summer internship in NASA laboratories working with scientists on research projects? Then, now is the time to apply to a unique and powerful summer internship program. The National Space Biomedical Research Institute announced on October 1, 2012, that it is accepting applications for its prestigious, 2013 Summer Internship Program. The NSBRI’s summer internship program gives selected students the opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on research experience, build a scientific knowledge base, and participate in on-going research project activities. More than 170 students have participated in this highly competitive program since its inception in 1998.
Dr. Jeffrey P. Sutton, NSBRI president and CEO, indicates, “Interns gain valuable hands-on research experience and knowledge while working side-by-side with NSBRI scientists, engineers, and physicians. They also attend education sessions that augment their other studies and help prepare them for their future careers.” Dr. Sutton further explains that, “Through the NSBRI Summer Internship Program, students are immersed in the world of biomedical research for long-duration spaceflight.”
The NSBRI’s Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for its summer internship students from across the country to join ongoing project activities and gain hands-on experience in space biomedical research at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, or Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.
In addition to the laboratory work, interns participate in a week-long Summer Bioastronautics Institute at NSBRI Headquarters in Houston. The Summer Bioastronautics Institute offers workshops focusing specifically on the enhancement of research, presentation, and mentoring skills.
The National Biomedical Research Institute is funded by NASA. NSBRI is a consortium of institutions studying the health risks related to long-duration spaceflight. The Institute’s science, technology, and education projects take place at more than 60 institutions across the United States.
NSBRI projects address space health concerns, which include bone and muscle loss, cardiovascular changes, radiation exposure, neurobehavioral and psychosocial factors, remote medical care and research, and habitability and performance issues. Research findings also impact the understanding and treatment of similar medical conditions experienced on Earth.
Eligibility for the internship program
The NSBRI 2013 Summer Internship is open to undergraduate, graduate, veterinary or medical students. Applicants must have completed their sophomore year of college by the start of the summer internship program. The program is open only to U.S. citizens. Applicants must be available during the program dates.
What are the program dates?
The 2013 Summer Internship Program begins May 28 and ends Aug. 2. It is a requirement that NSBRI Summer Interns be available during the full program’s dates.
How to apply
To be considered for 2013 NSBRI Summer Intership Program, applicants must complete the online application. As part of the online process, applicants must upload a CV or resume and a letter of interest.
Letters of recommendation
Applicants are responsible for obtaining two letters of recommendation, which must be submitted through NSBRI’s online system. Once an online application is uploaded (including uploading the resume or CV and letter of interest), the applicant receives an URL to the online recommendation system. This URL is provided to the two individuals, who are writing letters of recommendation. The persons writing letters of recommendation will be able to upload their letters. The URL only is made available after an applicant fully submits an online application. Faxed or emailed letters of recommendation are not considered.
Transcripts and deadline
Official undergraduate transcripts must be mailed and postmarked by December 31, 2012, the official deadline date. Applications must be completed by the deadline to be considered for review.
Applications are reviewed in early 2013. NSBRI summer internship program applicants are informed of their status in late March, 2013.
See the NSBRI Intership FAQ that is online for further information.
William Shakespeare once indicated, “Experience is a jewel.” Internships are powerful experiences. In a highly competitive job market and career environment, a prestigious internship helps differentiate a candidate. Strong internships provide transferrable skills, networking, and real-world, applied knowledge. Programs like the National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s summer internships can provide gleaming jewels of experiences that become invaluable in the years ahead.
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