Physical Science, Space Research Internships for Graduate Students


Universities Space Research Assn. USRA, DOD Defense Air Force Research Lab AFRL

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Universities Space Research Assn. USRA Internships 

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Astronomy & Astrophysics, Autonomous System, Biotechnology/Biosciences, Data Sciences, Heliophysics, Human Factors/Human Systems Integration , Information Technology/Computer Science, Intern Opportunities, Materials Science & Nanotechnology, Quantum Computing, Systems Engineering

This intern opportunity, "S&T Scouting for Future Force Capabilities," is for a Spring 2021 full-time internship from late January through April. The intern will support the DoD Joint Staff's efforts to develop a future joint concept, apply skills of scientific inquiry and investigation to ensure the concept's approach is informed by and grounded in principles of science. For example, how does the joint force maintain communication and command and control when operating in an environment with limited/intermittent access to the electromagnetic spectrum? Establish and maintain knowledge on issues associated with a broad range of natural and physical science matters associated with the adaptability and transition of advanced warfighting capabilities to the Joint Force. Furnishes advice and consultation to the Future Technology Office (FTO) Director, and as required to Director, Joint Force Development office and Vice Directors, and to members of the Department of Defense (DOD) science and technology community on various Force Design and Force Development issues. Provide an understanding of critical science issues affecting short and long-term warfighting capabilities, the status of science and technology related projects and policies, directives of higher authority, and past results. Advises the FTO and Joint Force Development on relevant science and technology studies and work programs.

Applicant should be a physical scientist (MS or PhD candidate); excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to flex/adapt with change; ability to reach back into (cleared) network of scientists for consultations; desire to better understand how the US military operates and to contribute to helping with transition/introduction of emerging technologies.

Eligible candidates can apply through the Air Force Research Laboratory AFRL Scholars Program ;
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USRA  Point of Contact:     Melissa Corning, Education Programs Office, (832) 986-7683,