Internships at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the New Zealand Space Scholarship

Date:  28-Aug-2022
Location: 

Wellington, NZ, 6011 Christchurch, NZ, 8013 Auckland, NZ, 1010

Applications are now open for the 2023 intern intake

 

Are you one of New Zealand’s future innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists ready for a head-start in your career? 

 

Are you ready to develop technical skills at a world-leading space agency, function as a member of an  international team and develop your understanding of the global space economy?

 

The New Zealand Space Agency invites high-performing New Zealand university students to apply for internships at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) with support from the New Zealand Space Scholarship and the Alexander J. Willoughby Fellowship.  

 

Are you great at building networks in multicultural settings? 

 

Do you have strong communication skills and use your initiative to problem solve? 

 


The New Zealand Space Agency invites high-performing New Zealand university students to apply for internships at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) with support from the New Zealand Space Scholarship and the Alexander J. Willoughby Fellowship.  
 

 

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Programme

 

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Internship Programme offers internship opportunities to students who have a compatible research interest with NASA JPL and takes place at the relevant NASA JPL facilities in California. Internships typically last 10 – 16 weeks, between February and July 2023.


As part of their internship, students are partnered with JPL scientists or engineers, who serve as the students' mentors. Students complete designated projects outlined by their mentors, gaining educational experience in their fields of study while also contributing to NASA and JPL missions and science. Opportunities for collaboration with the diverse range of other interns and JPL staff will be provided in both formal and informal settings. 


It is expected students will be able to complete the internship onsite at NASA JPL facilities in 2023, however this is subject to NASA JPL and Covid-19 restrictions permitting. 

 

Up to Three Internship Places are Available

 

The New Zealand Space Agency will select up to three high-performing students for internships at NASA JPL. Two places will be supported under the New Zealand Space Scholarship. These are open to current students across New Zealand.


A third place will be supported through the privately funded Alexander J. Willoughby Fellowship and is open to students at the University of Waikato.


The selection process for both the New Zealand Space Scholarship and the Alexander J. Willoughby Fellowship will be run jointly. The internship terms and conditions will be aligned.  


This is a highly competitive programme. Should you wish to apply, please read the guidelines on the New Zealand Space Agency web pages carefully and check that you comply with all eligibility criteria before submitting an application. 

What Do The Scholarships And Fellowship Cover?

 

The Scholarship and Fellowship cover specified costs relating to the internships on offer, as follows:

 

  • Return economy airfares to the United States
  • Accommodation
  • Stipend (to cover food, travel and other related expenses)
  • Visa-related fees
  • Medical and travel insurance.

Who Can Apply?


The New Zealand Space Agency is looking for high-achieving students to represent New Zealand at NASA JPL. A selection panel will carefully review each application and select the most deserving recipient(s) based on the below requirements: 

 

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

I.    Must be a New Zealand citizen; 
II.    Must be eligible for a visa for the United States;
III.    Meet a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 (or equivalent);
IV.    Must be 18 years or older;

Interested students must also:

V.    Be currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) in a topic relevant to NASA’s mission priorities 
VI.    In the case of the Alexander J Willoughby Fellowship, must be studying at the University of Waikato*
VII.    Demonstrate an interest in aerospace and specific NASA project topics and core areas of expertise; and 
VIII.    Show proficiency in written and spoken English. 

 

*Allocation of the Alexander J. Willoughby Fellowship is subject to a suitable candidate from the University of Waikato being selected. Should no suitable candidate be identified the Fellowship may be awarded to applicants not from the University of Waikato, at the discretion of the assessment panel. 

 

Beyond the eligibility criteria, we are looking for students who are great at:

 

I.    Supporting and cooperating – works effectively with individuals and teams and demonstrates a commitment to collaboration
II.    Interacting and presenting – builds positive relationships by communicating, networking and influencing effectively
III.    Analysing and Interpreting – gets to the heart of complex issues and problems through clear analytical thinking and effective application of expertise
IV.    Creating and conceptualising – applies creativity and innovation to develop new solutions
 

How Does The Application Process Work?

 

These internships are offered as part of the JPL Visiting Student Research Programme. Applications for New Zealand candidates interested in the internship programme and the related scholarship and Fellowship are made through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) application portal. Students do not apply directly to NASA JPL.


More information on the New Zealand Space Scholarship, Alexander J. Willoughby Fellowship and JPL internships can be found on our website. 

 

Applications will be open from Monday, 29 August 2022 and will close 11:59pm Sunday 2 October. No late, ineligible or incomplete submissions will be considered. Shortlisted applicants must be available to undertake a virtual face-to-face interview in early November 2022. The New Zealand Space Agency and NASA JPL will provide formal offers to the selected candidates. 


Please read the supporting information on the New Zealand Space Scholarship and JPL internships before submitting an application: 


•    NASA internships and New Zealand Space Agency scholarships | Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (mbie.govt.nz)

 

Any questions should be directed to the New Zealand Space Agency: nzspaceagency@mbie.govt.nz