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With the IRNSS-1H navigation satellite to be launched by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) later this month, here’s how to get your child who is drawn towards a career in space to follow his dreams. An internship at ISRO will mark the beginning of the road to achieving his aspiration. As there are very limited internships available, it is essential that your child plans well in advance for this.
Who can apply
Engineering students (any discipline) are generally preferred; however, even those pursuing post-graduate or graduate programmes in science can apply.
How to apply
1. Students can apply directly to any centre associated with ISRO across the country. A few centres are mentioned below.
- ISRO Headquarters (ISR HQ), Bengaluru
- ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bengaluru
- Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram
- ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC), Mahendragiri
- National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad
- Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad
- Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota
- For more centres, visit http://www.isro.gov.in/about-isro/isro-centres
2. Students should send the applications through their respective colleges only. Direct applications will not be entertained.
3. Students should send project proposals with a broad outline of the proposed work to be carried out; the proposals should be within the overall framework of research and operational programmes of the respective centres
4. Students will be selected based on academic merit, availability of projects, availability of supervisors, suitability or fit of the candidate for the relevant profile
About the internships
Nature: Internships can be across various departments (depending on the requirements during specific points of time)
- For graduate students – 2 to 6 months
- For post-graduate and research students – 3 months to 1 year
- Each centre may have a set period during the year for internships, which is displayed on its site
Note: Electronic gadgets like mobile phones, laptops, camera, pen drive, CD/floppy, etc., will not be permitted inside the premises of ISRO centres; so, let your teen be prepared for a gadget-free period during the internships!
For younger children
If your child is pursuing school education, you can still fuel her passion for space science and research. Here’s how to go about it:
- Encourage participation in space science competitions. Here's an example of one such competition: ISRO calls Bengaluru students to launch 'water rocket' (The Times of India, Sept 7, 2017)
- Plan a field-trip to ISRO or any of its associate centres; a trip to the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre's museum will be an enriching experience for your child; the museum is open to public between 09:30 and 16:00 hrs every day except Sundays and declared holidays
- Visit planetariums
- Engage her in fun activities related to space, such as creating models of the solar system or phases of the moon
- Get your child to witness satellite launches
- Introduce her to the good old way of watching eclipses through pin-hole cameras made from cardboard boxes
- Have family star-gazing activities out on the terrace on clear summer nights
- Watch documentaries on National Geographic during weekends and enjoy the travel to outer space
- Have space-themed birthday parties
‘Aim high, aim far; your goal the sky, your aim the star’ – let this adage be your child’s motto. Let her dare to dream big right from an early age. Very soon, her one small step will become a giant leap for mankind!
Source: Based on inputs from a senior official at ISRO and information on the websites of ISRO and its associate centres.