Denver, Colorado. June 27, 2014 – The Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR), a leading voice for the Colorado aerospace community, is pleased to announce the completion of the first ever Colorado Aerospace Internship Experience. In a commencement ceremony held Friday, June 27, 2014, CSBR graduated 12 students from this one-of-a kind science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused program.
The Colorado Aerospace Internship Experience is a two week immersive program designed to bring together high school and college students from rural areas of the state to experience a day in the life of an employee at host organizations which range from non-profits to commercial companies located throughout Denver and Colorado Springs. This STEM program allows students to gain valuable real-world experience as they attend meetings, perform on the job tasks, shadow current employees and network, all of which is fostered in a mentor capacity.
“The Colorado aerospace industry is the third largest in the nation,” said Stacey DeFore, chair of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable. “It is crucial to the survival of this industry that we provide a platform to which we allows the next generation to engage with the current workforce. STEM programs such as the Colorado Aerospace Internship Experience give students the chance to gain insight into our nation’s leading aerospace organizations, an experience which few are lucky enough to experience. It is our goal through this program to encourage more young students to further their education in a core STEM capacity so that one day they will become the mentor.”
The Internship Experience, hosted by the CSBR, was made possible by the generous contributions from participants at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, 100 Year Starship, University of Colorado at Boulder, Webster University, Boeing, Braxton, The Space Foundation and United Launch Alliance.
The Aerospace Internship Experience is a direct result of the CSBR-lead Colorado Aerospace road trips held during the summer of 2013 in order to bring aerospace to rural parts of the state since most aerospace companies are located along the Front Range.
Last year, CSBR member’s traveled around the state of Colorado engaging with rural communities to educate them on various industry topics, while making valuable business connections with suppliers, consultants and other otherwise unknown organizations. The Colorado Aerospace Roadtrip will resume this summer, with a kick off on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Club 20 in Edwards, Colorado.