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SSEL Summer Internship Information

Paid summer internships are available for students from Montana campuses with the Space Science and Engineering Laboratory at Montana State University – Bozeman.

Up to three students, sophomores through seniors, from MSGC Affiliate campuses will have the opportunity to participate in the development of space science/engineering experiments at the Space Science Engineering Laboratory at the MSU – Bozeman campus. Students will receive complete training and mentoring from MSU students and SSEL staff experienced in space hardware design. SSEL programs to design, fabricate, test, and fly systems in the space and near-space environment include rockets, balloons, and satellites. Visit the SSEL website for more project information.

The priority deadline for applications is March 1.

This opportunity is designed to enable college students to participate in a missionlike team environment where students design, build, and fly space hardware. There will be approximately twenty students working in the SSEL over the summer on a variety of group or individual projects.

Important Details:

Program Dates: End of May to the beginning of August (must be able to participate for the entire program).

Eligibility: Participants must: be a full-time registered student (previous two semesters/three quarters) at a Montana
campus and must be intending to enroll full time for the fall, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, have an interest in space
science or space engineering. This opportunity is for students from Montana campuses other than MSU-Bozeman.

Awards: Students will receive a stipend of $6,000. In addition, travel expenses will be provided for students from other
campuses based on mileage for one round trip.

Application Procedures: A completed MSGC Intern application is required.

In past summers, interns have: -- performed research on the physics of sound, devising an experiment to measure the speed of sound in the atmosphere and determine if and how it changes with altitude (up to the edge of space - 95,000 feet); -- learned about Space Weather, creating and testing a sensitive magnetometer to measure variations in the Earth’s magnetic field caused by electrical currents flowing in space; -- built a communications transceiver for a satellite under development in the SSEL; -- worked as part of the Hiscock Radiation Belt Explorer (HRBE) satellite team – HRBE is Montana’s first satellite and was designed, built, tested, and is now operated by SSEL students.

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