Written by Dr Priscilla J S Selvaraj and published on 01 July 2021.
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
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.
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’.
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Students must then register themselves by filling the required information.
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.
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
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.
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 -
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.
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!
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
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:
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!