Career Opportunities for Graduates:
When developing this program track, government and space related agencies, and corporations involved with NASA and space science were contacted to get feedback on industry interest and work force needs
The space track targets:
Space Studies graduates can pursue careers in a variety of different areas in space related occupations, for example, as space technicians, payload specialists, etc.,
find positions in the commercial space sector, with NASA contractors, national laboratories, science/research organizations, law firms, medical centers, education sector, military, and public relations.
International Students have more limited options for internships and jobs in the U.S.: Here are some suggestions on how to overcome this challenge:
Companies who have offered positions are
NASA Internship Program - this program is open to U.S. Citizens. Many of our students have also secured internships at NASA via direct program contacts, alumni and/or board members. The NASA Pathway program is only open for students with an engineering background. But other internship programs at NASA and at their contractors are open for the Space Studies students.
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program offers stipend-paid internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate-level university students pursuing STEM degrees, as well as upper-level high school students; select locations also offer internships to university students pursuing education-related degrees and K–12 professional educators. The selected interns gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects. Graduate interns are able to collaborate with AFRL on current research and incorporate the research into their graduate work.
The Horizons Fellowship: the Horizon's Fellowship is a full-funded opportunity that supports outstanding graduate students in their pursuit to combine technology into their existing course of study. The Horizon's Fellowship gives students the ability to learn about real-world technology and build advanced software products.
PSM Board of Affiliates for Space Studies track:
Julie Mertzman Quinn - Jacobs Engineering
Jim Burch - Space Science and Engineering Div. Southwest Research Inst.
Mark Craig - SAIC, retired
Franklin Chang Diaz - Ad Astra Rocket
Laurence Price - Lockheed Martin
Steve Deiker - Kairo Aerospace
Kamlesh Lulla - NASA, University Collaoration and Partnership Office
Steve Mackwell - Lunar and Planetary Institute
John Scott - NASA, JSC Energy Conversion Branch
Laura Isaacs - Boeing
Heather Cowardin - NASA Johnson Space Center
Ed Harris - Edge of Space
Michael Hawes - Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.
Katherine Price-Hoelscher - Schlumberger
Robert Shaddox - Winstead Attorneys
Steve Altemus, Intuitive Machines
Ed Harris - Ede of Space
Kamlesh Lulla- NASA
Arturo Machuca - Houston Airport Systems
Padraig Moloney - BAE Systems
Laurence Price - Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Larry Strader - GeoControl Systems, Inc
Marisa Covington - KBR