Lunar And Planetary Institute Accepting Applications For Exploration Science Interns

November 20, 2015 – The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is hosting a special Exploration Science Summer Intern Program. The program is a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use.

The program for 2016 is designed to build on the success of the former Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program, which evaluated possible landing sites on the Moon for robotic and human exploration missions. Over a five year period (2008–2012), teams of students worked with Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) science staff and their collaborators to produce A Global Lunar Landing Site Study to Provide the Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon.

The upcoming program is designed to have the same impact on future exploration activities, but has a broader scope that includes both the Moon and near-Earth asteroids. Activities may involve assessments and traverse plans for a particular destination (e.g., on the lunar farside) or a more general assessment of a class of possible exploration targets (e.g., small near-Earth asteroids).

This program is open to graduate students in geology, planetary science, planetary astronomy, and related programs. The 10-week program runs from May 23, 2016, through July 29, 2016. Selected interns will receive a $5675 stipend to cover the costs associated with being in Houston, Texas for the duration of the program. Additionally, U.S. citizens will receive up to $1000 in travel expense reimbursement and foreign nationals will receive up to $1500 in travel expense reimbursement.

The deadline for application is January 15, 2016. Applications are only accepted using the electronic application form found at the LPI’s Exploration Science Summer Intern website: