An agreement between NASA and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment allows the tertiary students to work in NASA’S best and most advanced research facilities, alongside expert mentors.
The agreement also provides a new scholarship for the students from the New Zealand Space Agency, which sits within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The four successful applicants for the New Zealand Space Scholarship will get their participation costs, airfares, accommodation, and other associated expenses covered.
Applications opened on September 10 and the nominees will apply for NASA’S June 2019 internship session.
MBIE says New Zealand is well-positioned to become a hub for new space activities through a highly skilled workforce and expertise in physics, energy, engineering and computer science research.
“Giving New Zealand’s future innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists opportunities to get a head-start in space-related careers will play a vital role in developing a thriving domestic industry.”
The agreement also strengthens New Zealand’s connection with global space networks and raises New Zealand’s profile as a location for space activities.