Applications now open for NASA Internship Programme

On: 10 September 2018

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is now seeking applications from high-achieving tertiary students keen to participate in NASA’s International Internship Programme.

Through an agreement between MBIE and NASA, successful applicants have the opportunity to work in NASA’s best and most advanced research facilities, alongside expert mentors and other international interns.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our future innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists to get a head-start in a space-related career, build international professional networks and develop their understanding of the global space economy,” says Dr Peter Crabtree, General Manager Science, Innovation and International.

“New Zealand’s space ecosystem is rapidly evolving and we want to encourage all Kiwis studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics to explore how their skills sets could play a vital role in developing a thriving domestic industry.”

A scholarship, the New Zealand Space Scholarship, will also be available to up to four successful applicants to cover the cost of participation, airfares, accommodation, and other associated expenses.

“The New Zealand Space Agency is proud to be able to support our successful candidates through the scholarship which will ensure everyone has a fair shot at participating.

“We know this is a highly competitive programme which requires us to select New Zealand’s best and brightest talent. Beyond technical expertise, we want to see applications from students who are team players, nimble learners, evidence gatherers and creative thinkers,” says Dr Crabtree.

To apply, students will need to complete the online application form and respond to a number of questions on their suitability for the internship role, what NASA area of expertise they wish to work in, how their chosen area fits with the aims of the scholarship and their career aspirations, and how they intend to apply the skills and knowledge learnt back in New Zealand.

Applications open today for a period of five weeks.

For eligibility criteria and to submit an application, visit

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