Follow this link to apply for summer internships

*Requirements for all funded Internships:

Awardees must be U.S. citizens enrolled as full-time students at a Montana Space Grant Consortium campus.

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.

If you are awarded an internship you must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training course. 

*Resources:

The Summer Undergraduate Pay Scale Rubric can be found here.

A personal statement is required for all summer internships. Instructions and tips for this statement can be found here.

 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. 

10 weeks working with MSGC's high altitude balloon program on the MSU or UM campus. Pay ranges from $5000 - $6,000 for ten weeks full time work depending on experience.

Application Deadline - March 8, 2020.

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. Pay ranges from $5000 - $6,000 for ten weeks full time work depending on experience. Projects include weather research with UAS and assessment of using UAS for quantitative rangeland health monitoring.

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

Application Deadline - March 8, 2020.

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.

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 all MSGC affiliated campuses.

Pay ranges from $5000 - $6,000 for ten weeks full time work depending on experience.

Application Deadline - March 8, 2020.

Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake

The MLC seeks MSGC interns to:

  • Work closely with the organizations's executive director, students and teachers in the ROADS Challenge
  • Work closely with leadership and students to assist in carrying out the MAS program
  • Work closely with leadership, campers and members of the general public to carry out the MLC's night-sky programs 
  • Assist with the MLC's summer learning camp for kids

The MLC has been serving students and teachers in the STEAM fields since the 1980s. They will be hosting 26 different camps for students entering grades 1st - 12th summer 2020. The MLC is located on a beautiful 10-acre campus as Canyon Ferry Lake. The MLC has an observatory complex that features Montana's largest public-use telescope, perfect for viewing the night sky. People from all over come to enjoy this resource.

The MLC has been selected by NASA to host the Rover Observation And Drone Survey on Mars Challenge for Montana. The ROADS Challenge is an immersive opportunity for middle school and high school students to use the latest technologies in aeronautics and robotics to explore, inspire, create, and achieve. Please check out the ROADS website for more information: https://nwessp.org/mars/about/

The MLC also hosts the Montana Aerospace Scholars program for the Museum of Flight in Seattle/NASA. Each year high school sophomores and juniors come to the MLC for an aeronautics experience where they plan and carry out a mission to Mars.

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 education/working with the general public/kids and space science. This opportunity is for students from all MSGC affiliated campuses.

Pay ranges from $5000 - $6,000 for ten weeks full time work depending on experience. Room and board provided at the MLC when camps are in session. 

Application Deadline - March 8, 2020 or until filled.

Flathead Lake Biological Station - SensorSpace

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.

SensorSpace is a National Science Foundation laboratory facility located at the Flathead Lake Biological Station. SensorSpace was established in order to build cutting-edge sensor technology and instrumentation for anyone looking to support field-instrumentation, and do small-scale production and development. SensorSpace also serves as a public makerspace where anyone can be trained on advanced manufacturing tools and then use them independently. SensorSpace is divided into four zones: CNC manufacturing, embedded electronics, optics, and microfluidics.  
https://sensorspace.tech/

We are seeking students to be part of a small-team, to learn to use our tools, and to help design, manufacture, and test field-deployable microfluidic sensors, power, and communications systems.

Desirable skills include any of the following:

  • C or Python coding
  • Basic optics experience
  • Digital and/or Analog Circuit Design
  • SolidWorks/Fusion360 experience
  • MEMs (soft-lithography) production
  • CNC manufacturing

Application Deadline - March 8, 2020.

 

Sustainable Bioproducts

Sustainable Bioproducts Inc seeks to partner with MSGC by providing opportunities for students to work as interns at their Bozeman R&D facility. SB is a growing biotech company that uses novel fermentation technologies to produce a wide variety of high-value products. SB is currently working with scientists at NASA and MSU to advance a fermentation technology that would enable in-situ biomanufacturing from wastes that are generated under space mission conditions. Students working at SB will gain valuable experience in microbiology and bioengineering within a research environment that fosters innovation. 

Preference for Bio or Chemical Engineers and Microbiologists with experience using aseptic technique and working with microbiological fermenters. Students with research experience in biofilms are highly desirable.

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. These positions are located in Missoula, MT. Pay ranges from $5000 - $6,000 for ten weeks full time work depending on experience.

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

Application Deadline - March 8, 2020.