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NASA internships now open to New Zealand students

Under a new agreement between NASA and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), tertiary students can now apply for internships with the space administration.

Scholarships will be available for up to four successful Aotearoa New Zealand students for NASA’s June 2019 intake, courtesy of the New Zealand Space Agency. Costs associated with the internship including travel, living costs and NASA’s administrative fees will be covered under the scholarship.

The successful students will attend the Ames Centre base for a 10-16 week internship in Silicon Valley. Under the guidance of a NASA mentor, they will also have the opportunity to build a network of contacts both within the space administration, the US and the pool of other international students taking part in the programme. 

This opportunity is for high-achieving Aotearoa New Zealand students to work with experts in space-related fields and have access to some of the world’s most advanced research facilities.

The scholarship aims to support Aotearoa New Zealand’s students studying space-related activities and will give our future innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists a head-start in their careers by enabling them to develop technical skills at a world-leading space agency. 

The internship will give students access to international professional networks and develop their understanding of the global space economy. 

The application process is two-phased with candidates first being selected by the New Zealand Space Agency.

Following selection by MBIE, local  finalists will be recommended to NASA who will then choose their overall finalists from the broader pool of 12 other countries.

Applications will be open from mid-September and close mid-October. 

For more, see www.mbie.govt.nz/nasa

‘The Shape of a City: the fall and rise of Christchurch’s architecture’ – new exhibition

A new exhibition uses items from the Macmillan Brown Library’s extensive collection to explore the changing face of Christchurch’s built landscape.

Called ‘The Shape of A City; the fall and rise of Christchurch’s architecture’ it uses architectural drawings, photographs and archival material to explore the history of significant rebuild or restoration sites around the city, including Strange & Co,  The Commons,  the old Chemistry building in the Arts Centre and Knox Church.

‘The Shape of A City’ will open on Friday 16 October at a special evening event where local architects, historians, heritage lovers, building owners and archaeologists will give quick-fire presentations on Christchurch’s lost, restored, and future buildings.

Curator of the exhibition is University Library Archivist Erin Kimber.  She says the UC Library holds one of the most significant architectural archives in the country.

“The drawings have been accessed heavily since the earthquakes as people research the plans and construction of damaged buildings. In some instances the drawings represent the only surviving visual representation of a building.  They provide a lasting memorial to our lost heritage, but also an opportunity to learn about our built, social and engineering history.”

Internship experience reaps rewards

Assisting Erin with the exhibition and the opening event are College of Arts interns Sarah Lawerence and  Courtney Inch.

Both students are enthusiastic about how the internship programme has added to their skillset.

“Not only have I learnt about Christchurch’s architectural heritage,” says Sarah.

“But  I’ve developed key workplace skills such as working collaboratively and organisation of people and resources”.

Courtney agrees. “It’s been great to work and learn in an environment outside of a lecture setting and as part of a team.”

She advises future interns to “be open minded, things may not always go to plan and situations might come up that will test your ability to think outside the box”.

Click here to book your (free) tickets to the exhibition launch on Friday 16th October.

‘The Shape of A City’ will run from 16 October – 20 November. You can find it at the bottom floor of the Matariki building.