NASA UTC Summer 2010 Aerospace Internship Program
Application Deadline – January 31, 2010
Pleae use the following link for more information: http://uhaweb.hartford.edu/ctspgrant/OtherStatestudentgeneral.html
The founding collaborators (CT Space Grant Consortium, RI Space Grant Consortium and PR Space Grant Consortium) are pleased to accept applications from all of the Nation’s space grant consortia students for the NASA UTC Summer 2010 Aerospace Internship Program.
Who qualifies to apply to the NASA UTC Summer 2010 Aerospace Internship Program?
Any full-time student of a college or university that is an affiliate of a NASA Space Grant Consortium who 1) is a U.S. Citizen; 2) has a strong desire to pursue a career within the aerospace industry; and 3) has secured the support of his/her state’s Space Grant Consortium to pay for the internship stipend (recommended rate of $5,000) for the 10-week experiential learning internship assignment as well as a Travel Grant (recommended at up to $1,000) to cover travel-related expenses to and from Connecticut for students who reside in other states.
This 10-week internship will run from Sunday, May 30, 2009 (campus housing check in) through Saturday, August 7, 2010 (housing check-out). Past interns have valued their experiences which were rich in meaningful work responsibilities and career-enhancing mentoring interactions with aerospace professionals. UTC expects to place up to 30 students this summer.
Eligibility – Undergraduate student applicants must be a full-time student at a NASA Space Grant Consortium-affiliated college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and be an ascending junior or senior. (Exceptional candidates who have not completed their sophomore year may apply, but will find limited opportunities.) Selected applicants must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
Selection – Undergraduate Students of NASA Space Grant affiliated institutions are eligible to apply. Students should apply to their state’s space grant consortium for a grant to cover the costs of the internship stipend (suggested stipend is $5,000) and provide a Travel Grant (recommended at up to $1,000) to cover transportation to and from Connecticut for students who reside in other states. Dorm housing at the University of Hartford and Fairfield University is available to students at a deeply subsidized rate for the 10-week period. Details will be shared with selected students at the time of selection notification.
Award Opportunities – This opportunity provides participants with valuable hands-on aerospace industry work experience. Past interns have assisted in the highly confidential assembly of an R&D first fuel cell power module for the S-80 (UTC Power), assisted in a engineering process quality review (UTC Power), developed an interdivisional web-based communication system (UTC Research), redeveloped software for Engineering Process Transformation Group (Sikorsky), integrated management system engineering technical reviews database development and testing against customer requirements and DoD guidelines (Sikorsky), and performed analysis of components, preliminary and detailed design of hardware, provided manufacturing, program management and marketing support (Pratt & Whitney). This summer, interns will continue to have an opportunity to network with aerospace leaders, present the results of their work to aerospace professionals, network with peers from other states’ Space Grant Consortia, while enjoying weekends to investigate Connecticut’s many exciting offerings for young professionals.
Proposal Format and Checklist: Complete the National UTC Summer 2010 Aerospace Internship Application (copy attached here), then scan it along with the following items into a single .pdf file before uploading it into the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium’s Student Online Application System by 12:00 midnight on January 31, 2010.
• National UTC Summer 2010 Aerospace Internship Application Cover Sheet
• Resume/Curriculum Vitae – 1 page maximum
• One Letter of Recommendation – Must be from an academic or research advisor. If you wish, you may submit additional letters of support from industry contacts, past supervisors or past project advisors.
• Endorsement of Applicant’s State Space Grant Consortium – Email, letter, etc. confirming Consortium’s agreement to fund stipend if applicant is selected by UTC.
• Student Transcript – (Official is preferred; however, unofficial is acceptable if access to an official copy at the time of submission is a problem.)
Note: Registration within the On-Line Application System will require the following before an applicant may upload the .pdf formatted application.
• Basic Biographical/Contact Information – Typed directly into the on-line application within the Applicant Registration section.
• Diversity Information Data Sheet – Typed directly into the on-line application within the Applicant Registration section. Note: this information is used separately for blind reporting to NASA.
• Proof of U.S. Citizenship – This program is open to US Citizens only. Proof of citizenship will be required from selected applicants before they can begin the internship. As a government contractor, UTC and its divisions each have their own varying levels of pre-employment badging requirements, which may include, but are not limited to, pre-employment drug testing and background investigations. Selected applicants will be made of aware of the specific requirements upon receiving an offer of internship placement.
Reporting – A short report is due upon completion of the summer internship from all participants. A reporting format will be provided to awardees.
History of the CT/RI/PR Collaboration with UTC
In the spring of 2009 the Directors of Space Grant Consortia of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico collaborated to develop the UTC Summer Aerospace Internship Program. In its pilot year, the Program successfully attracted 39 student applicants and ultimately placed 11 students within challenging 10-week aerospace professional assignments at UTC’s Research, Power, Pratt & Whitney, and Sikorsky operations. The Program was an overwhelming success and has lead to the founding collaborators (CT, RI and PR) to open the program to include students of other states’ space grant consortia beginning the summer of 2010.
The NASA Connecticut Space Grant College Consortium, a NASA supported Space Grant Consortium, consists of Bridgeport University, Central Connecticut State University, Connecticut Colleges of Technology, Eastern Connecticut State University, Fairfield University, Southern Connecticut State University, Trinity College, the Universities of Connecticut, Connecticut Health Center, Hartford, and New Haven, Wesleyan University and Yale University. The purpose of the Consortium is to encourage research and education in Space/Aerospace Science and Engineering.
The R.I. Space Grant Consortium’s lead institution is Brown University, which contributes matching funds to the program. The Affiliate Institutions of Higher Learning of the program are: Bryant College, Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), Providence College , The Graduate School of Oceanography-URI (GSO), Rhode Island College (RIC), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Salve Regina University, Roger Williams University, University of Rhode Island – Kingston Campus, and Wheaton College.
The NASA Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium (PRSGC) enhances local research and education capabilities in NASA-related fields and contributes to the Nation’s Science and Technology enterprise by capitalizing on the institutional and human capital available on the Island. PRSGC resides in the Resource Center for Science and Engineering, with the Central Administration of the University of Puerto Rico as the Lead Institution and 14 public and private affiliate institutions. The affiliates of the PRSGC are Ana G. Mendez University System, Arecibo Observatory, InterAmerican University – Bayamon, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, Pontifical Catholic University, Puerto Rico Astronomical Society, Education Department of PR, Univision Puerto Rico, UPR – Arecibo, UPR – Bayamon, UPR – Carolina, UPR – Cayey, UPR – Humacao, UPR – Mayagüez, and UPR – Rio Piedras.