The 2021 LPI Summer Intern Program is now accepting applications.

The deadline is January 15, 2021. Submit your applications soon!

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is hosting a special summer intern program to involve students in activities that support missions to the Moon that utilize the Orion crew vehicle, the Deep Space Gateway, and robotic assets on the lunar surface. It is a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use. Activities may involve assessments of landing sites and traverse plans for multiple destinations that are responsive to NASA objectives. The LPI invites applications from graduate students in geology, planetary science, and related programs.

The Exploration Science Summer Intern Program builds on the success of the Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program that was designed to evaluate 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. Student teams also produced a series of influential journal articles (O’Sullivan et al. 2011; Flahaut et al. 2012; Lemelin et al. 2014; Potts et al. 2015; Steenstra et al. 2016; Allender et al. 2019; Bickel et al. 2019; Sargeant et al., 2020; Bickel and Kring 2020; Gawronska et al. 2020; Halim et al. 2020). The program for 2021 is designed to have the same impact on future exploration activities.

The 10-week program runs from June 1, 2021 through August 6, 2021. Selected interns will receive a $6,300 stipend, and up to a $1,000 travel expense reimbursement for U.S. citizens, or up to $1,500 for foreign nationals.

Please pass this information on to any students who might be interested.

Applications are only accepted using the online application form found at the LPI’s
Exploration Science Summer Intern website:

For more information, contact:
Delia Enriquez
Exploration Science Summer Intern Program

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