As part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding, the Space Studies Board (SSB) has expanded the scope of the Space Policy Intern program it has operated since 1992 by initiating the Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships. The goal of the program is to provide promising undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the Nation's capital, under the aegis of the SSB. The Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships are offered twice annually.
Interns typically undertake multiple short-term research projects designed to assist with or to enhance ongoing study projects. The projects undertaken by the SSB standing discipline committees and ad hoc activities are in constant flux, with studies being completed and new studies beginning on a regular basis. Although this makes it difficult to predict just what the interns will get to work on, it also ensures their exposure to the different stages of the study process–from project initiation, through the committee process, and the final publication and disemination of committee reports-as several studies are being undertaken simultaneously. Please visit the SSB projects and committees sites for more information on our current activities.
Summer internships are available to undergraduates (i.e., someone not yet in possession of a 4-year degree on the application deadline) only. The application deadline is the first Monday in February.
Autumn internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students. The application deadline is the first Monday in June.
About Space Studies Board, National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine
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 an 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 assessments, facilitates international research coordination, and promotes communications 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).