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Interested in interning at ISRO? We have got the details. Also, read all about the 5-day free online course for students

Dr Priscilla J S Selvaraj Dr Priscilla J S Selvaraj 6 Mins Read

Dr Priscilla J S Selvaraj Dr Priscilla J S Selvaraj


Fuel your teen's career in space science and research. We tell you how to apply for an internship in ISRO and more on the free online course on Remote Sensing Technology for school students

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Interested in interning at ISRO? We have got the details. Also, read all about the 5-day free online course for students

With Chandrayaan-2 launched by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) in July 2019 and the subsequent soft-landing attempt of its lander Vikram on the moon in September 2019, here's how to get your child who is drawn towards a career in space to follow his dreams. An ISRO internship will mark the beginning of the road to achieving his aspiration. As the number of internships available are very limited, it is essential that your child plans well in advance for this.

In this article, we tell you all about how to get an internship at ISRO and the various centers in India your child can apply to.

Also, the organization is offering a free online course on Remote Sensing Technology with certificates for students.

Know all about the course, how to get an internship and more.

5-Day free online course for students

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), through its centre, the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), is offering a five-day course called ‘Usefulness of Remote Sensing and GIS for Environmental Studies’.

Important points about the course:

  • Students of classes 10, 11, and 12 can apply for the course. The last date to apply is July 20, 2021.
  • The course will run from July 26 to July 30.
  • Indian Institute of Remote Sensing to screen the lectures live on their YouTube channel.
  • Two online lectures to be held daily, at 10 am and 12 pm.
  • Questions to be raised in the chatbox. A daily quiz will be held based on the lectures.

How to apply:

Students have to visit the official website and go through the brochure and guidelines.

Students must then register themselves by filling the required information.

Getting an internship at ISRO

Who can apply

Engineering students (any discipline of BE, B Tech, ME, M Tech) are generally preferred; however, even those pursuing post-graduate or graduate programs in science can apply and aspire to intern at ISRO.

How to apply for the internship

The centers under the Department of Space (DOS) in India, offer three types of internships - summer internship, winter internship, and long-term internship.

1. Students can apply directly to any center associated with ISRO across the country. A few centers are mentioned below.

ISRO centres in India

  • 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 centers, 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 programs of the respective centers.

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 at ISRO can be across various departments (depending on the requirements during specific points of time)

Areas: According to the ISRO website, some of the disciplines in which project work or training can be undertaken are -

  • Electronics
  • Mechanical
  • Civil
  • Electrical
  • Astrophysics
  • Astronomy
  • Solar physics
  • Microwave
  • Radars
  • GPS Technology
  • Geo-informatics
  • Remote sensing
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Image processing


For graduate students - 2 to 6 months

For postgraduate and research students - 3 months to 1 year

Each center may have a set period during the year for internships, which is displayed on its site.

Stipend: Nil

Note: Electronic gadgets like mobile phones, laptops, cameras, Pendrive, CD/floppy, etc., will not be permitted inside the premises of ISRO centers; so, let your teen be prepared for a gadget-free period during the internships!

Internship at SAC (Space Applications Centre)

Students can also intern for ISRO through the SAC-Academic Associate Programme (SAC-AAP), which offers internships across various domains. Under this program there are three schemes:

1) Work-experience internship (WEI) - to final year graduate engineering (BE, B Tech) students for 4-6 months

2) Dissertation internship (DI) - to final year post-graduate (ME, M Tech, MS, MCA) students for 6-12 months

3) Research internship (RI) - to research scholars pursuing PhD in a field related to SAC for 4-12 months

For younger children

If your child is pursuing a 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 centers; a trip to the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre's museum will be an enriching experience for your child; the museum is open to the 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 the National Geographic Channel during weekends and enjoy the travel to outer space
  • Have space-themed birthday parties

Famous Indian astronauts

Here's a list of astronauts from India (or of Indian origin) who did our country proud; your child can surely draw inspiration from them.

Rakesh Sharma: The first Indian who traveled to space aboard Soyuz T-11 on 2 April 1984.

Ravish Malhotra: He served as a back-up to Rakesh Sharma in the Soyuz T-11 mission. However, he never got to travel to space. But his achievements earned him the Kirti Chakra award.

Kalpana Chawla: The first American woman astronaut of Indian origin to set off to space aboard space shuttle Columbia in 2003.

Sunita Williams: Another American woman astronaut of Indian heritage, Sunita Williams went into space on two missions - in 2006 and 2012.

'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! So, nurture the astronaut in your child!

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