This page lists internship opportunites located in Montana and sponsored by MSGC.

Looking for a NASA Center internship? Check out https://intern.nasa.gov/.

Looking for other space internships? Check out this resource: https://www.spaceinterns.org/

Staying in Montana? Then continue...

Follow this link to apply for MSGC summer internships

Requirements and information for all funded internships:

  • Awardees must be U.S. citizens enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at a Montana Space Grant Consortium campus.
  • Students who have not had a previous significant research experience will typically be standard interns. Students who do have research experience and would like to play a larger role in the group by helping less experienced students can apply to be a peer-leader. Peer-leader interns are expected to: 1) be a leader for a small group, either locally or remotely for a state-wide group; 2) act as a MSGC ambassador for their campus; 3) in their application, describe their planned leadership actions; and 4) give a post-internship presentation at a major venue, like a national or regional conference (MSGC will support travel). 
  • Pay is $6,000 for a standard interns and $7,000 for peer-leader interns for ten 40 hour weeks. When applying, students will choose if they want to be a standard or peer-leeder intern. If a student selects peer-leader but is not chosen for this role, they are still eligible to be considered for a standard internship. For those conducting internships in locations separate from where they live or attend school, we offer a $500 cost of living supplement. 
  • Additional financial assistance is available for those who need help with child care to be able to participate in a summer internship away from home. Students interested in this assistance should describe their need in their personal statement. This support is possible through generous donations to the Hiscock Memorial Fund at the National Space Grant Foundation.
  • Complete applications require information about student status, two letters of recommendation, a resume, an unofficial transcript, and a personal statement. Students can start, stop, and save applications before submitting. 
  • For students already selected by their faculty research mentor, under "Select the internship you are applying for:" choose "Other" and then enter the name of your mentor. 
  • Application Deadline - February 28, 2022. Letters of recommendation are also due on February 28. 
  • A final report of at least 2 pages must be completed at the end of the term. Students must also make a presentation about their research. This form is to verify presentations by MSGC funded students and give MSGC staff the ability to attend the presentations. Finally, interns are asked to submit surveys analyzing the benefits of their participation. 
  • We will make every effort to notify students if they are offered an internship by the end of March. 
  • Selected students must complete an award acknowledgement and, prior to starting the internship, theResponsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training course. 

Resources:

A personal statement is required for all summer internships. In your personal statement, include what you hope to get out of a MSGC summer internship. If you're applying to be a peer-leader, describe your planned leadership actions. Instructions and tips for this statement can be found here.

 2022 Summer opportunities

BOREALIS

Paid summer internships are available for students from Montana campuses with the Balloon Outreach, Research, Exploration And Landscape Imaging System (BOREALIS) program at Montana State University - Bozeman and the University of Montana - Missoula.

Student internship opportunities with BOREALIS Montana's High Altitude Balloon Research and Education Program Design, Develop, and Deploy Experiments to Near Space Summer internships are offered at MSU-Bozeman and UM-Missoula for rising sophomore to senior undergraduate college students. Students work in a mission-like team environment where they are encouraged and mentored to design, develop and deploy experiments to the edge of space (100,000 feet). Students receive training and hands-on experience in using upper level wind forecasts for flight track predictions, balloon inflation and launch and the use of tracking systems for recovery of the experimental payloads. Additional opportunities include training in computer programming and modeling of wind forecasts and simulations. 

In addition to standard internships, the BOREALIS program also offers peer-leader internship positions. Peer-leader interns have all the responsibilities and opportunities of a standard internship, plus additional duties related to peer mentoring, project management and research support. Peer-leader positions offer a higher pay rate to compensate for additional responsibilities.

These positions are located in both Bozeman and Missoula.

Autonomous Aerial Systems Office

The Autonomous Aerial Systems Office (AASO) mission is

  • to coordinate and guide faculty, staff, and students in Montana for understanding and decision-making regarding implementation of UAS in a changing research and regulatory environment.
  • to establish the infrastructure and resources in order to create sustainable autonomous aerial research.
  • to stimulate UAS-related innovation, entrepreneurship and workforce development in the state of Montana. 

AASO is considering summer positions for motivated interns interested in working on a number of possible projects. These positions are located in Missoula, MT on the University of Montana Campus and with Ranch Advisory Partners in Montana, Wyoming and/or Colorado. Projects include weather research with UAS and assessment of using UAS for quantitative rangeland health monitoring.

In addition to standard internships, AASO also offers peer-leader internship positions. Peer-leader interns have all the responsibilities and opportunities of a standard internship, plus additional duties related to peer mentoring, project management and research support. Peer-leader positions offer a higher pay rate to compensate for additional responsibilities. 

Desirable skills include any of the following:

  • C++ or Python Coding
  • PixHawk Flight Controller Programming
  • Infrared Image Processing
  • Digital and/or Analog Circuit Design
  • GIS experience
  • Multispectral image analysis.

These positions are located in Missoula. 

Space Science and Engineering Laboratory (SSEL)

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.

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.

In addition to standard internships, SSEL also offers peer-leader internship positions. Peer-leader interns have all the responsibilities and opportunities of a standard internship, plus additional duties related to peer mentoring, project management and research support. Peer-leader positions offer a higher pay rate to compensate for additional responsibilities. 

These positions are located in Bozeman. 

 

Flathead Lake Biological Station 

The Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) of the University of Montana is a world-renowned ecology research and education center whose mission focus is limnology, the study of lakes and rivers.

Interested in combining your love for nature and computer science?  Up to two students will have the opportunity to join the Flathead Lake Biological Station to work with FLBS personnel to help run biological related tools to conduct biological (genetic) simulation modeling for ecologically important species in North America. This work has been funded by NASA. The intern(s) will also help with programming tasks such as customizing simulation model output and simulation batch runs for data analysis automation, and also possibly help develop visualization tools and scripts for displaying and interpreting species occurrence data. The internship will provide opportunities to develop programming and analytical skills related in data science work, as well as to develop skills relevant to a graduate-level research career in conservation, genetics or data science. The intern(s) will also have valuable opportunities to work closely with researchers on the forefront of conservation and population genomics work and research.  The intern(s) will not only contribute to important research but will also live and work on the shores of Flathead Lake.

The supervisor for this position is UM Assistant Research Professor Brian Hand.  More information about Dr. Hand can be found here: https://flbs.umt.edu/newflbs/about-flbs/people/page-elements/flbs-people/people/brian-hand/

Desirable skills include any of the following: Programming skills in Python (for the simulation modeling) and programming skills in R (for data analysis and visualization).

This position is located at FLBS with housing available.

 

Sunburst Sensors

Sunburst Sensors designs and manufactures autonomous instruments to measure the carbonate chemistry of marine and freshwater helping scientists understand important processes, such as ocean acidifcation. Our products operate for long periods with ultra-low power and reagent consumption, providing valuable time-series data to researchers around the world. We are developing other instruments for the measurement of alkalinity, carbonate ion, and total carbon. Sunburst Sensors won the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE in 2015 in a competition that drew teams from around the world to develop accurate and affordable pH sensors.

Sunburst Sensors is considering summer positions for motivated interns interested in working with them on a number of possible projects. 

Desirable skills include any of the following:

  • LabView or Matlab coding
  • Basic Chemistry Laboratory experience
  • Optics - Colorimetry - Spectrophotometry
  • Arduino or Energia programming
  • Digital and/or Analog Circuit Design
  • SolidWorks experience

These positions are located in Missoula.