Monday, April 28, 2008

SEDS Job/Internship Opportunity

A friend of mine, Jim Volp, made me aware of the following opportunities for the most die hard space activists out there. Read his note:

Original text is btw online at:


The organization Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is seeking interns to work on a variety of interesting topics. You will be based close to Madrid, Spain. If you are interested to help out from your home via the Internet, that is possible and appreciated too! Contact:

Job Description
Concepts such as commercial space liners, space hotels, space launch systems and lunar missions were thought to be empty promises....

But now in the post-X PRIZE world we are looking at:
- The first commercial space liner starting service in 2010
- The first successful test of commercial space hotel modules
- A space vehicle developed in a fraction of time or cost as before
- And more than 6 teams competing to land a private rover on the Moon.

We truly live in the interesting times of space exploration! And this is why SEDS and it's members are full of energy!

SEDS wants to interconnect students, all over the globe, in order to share and advocate their passion for space.

SEDS is looking for a small number of motivated people that want to work on the challenge to expand the existing network of SEDS chapters and move towards an active global student network as with the collective volunteer time of a (large) group of students global problems/projects can be worked on.

During the internship you will be working on a variety of disciplines: research, strategic business/organization development, marketing & PR.

Apart from the SEDS development work you have the choice to work on / support:
- International Astronautical Federation's Administrative Committee on Workforce Development / Young Professionals Programme
- IAF Administrative Committee on Space and Society
- World Space Week Educational Relations
- Space in Africa
- Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications

International Astronautical Federation's Administrative Committee on Workforce Development / Young Professionals Program
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The committee's mandate is well described at:

IAF Administrative Committee on Space and Society
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The committee has as aim to increase the visibility and direct benefit of space activities to society as a whole, through the active involvement of the IAF member societies and increase the visibility and number of IAF member societies through its involvement in our activities. Specific emphasis should be placed on those parts of society and the world where space and its benefits are less well-known.

World Space Week Global Education Program
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"To celebrate each year at the international level the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition" -- as declared by the United Nations General Assembly

The aim is to establish contact with more schools throughout the world each year and motivate them to celebrate space during World Space Week.

Africa and Space
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Information about space activities in Africa is hard to find. The aim is to create a useful and comprehensive overview.

Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Program on Space Applications
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SGAC and SEDS are closely related organisations so the work to develop SEDS is also of relevance to SGAC. SGAC has observer status to the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Salary: The internship is not paid for. Accommodation is provided.
Deadline: Continuous opportunity, so no deadline
Duration: Flexible, minimal 1 month

The successful candidate shall
- be between 18 and 35 years old;
- possess good communications skills in English;
- have awsome understanding of (volunteer) organizations;
- have no VISA issues to enter Spain;

Other skills desirable
1. Ability to work under your own initiative
2. Interest in marketing & PR, networking
3. Working as part of an international team

If you are interested, you should send a brief email stating your interest and include a CV or other proof of skills.

Basic Information on SEDS
SEDS is an independent, student-based organization which promotes the exploration and development of space. SEDS pursues this mission by educating people about the benefits of space, by supporting a network of interested students, by providing an opportunity for members to develop their leadership skills, and inspiring people through our involvement in space-related projects. SEDS believes in a space-faring civilization and that focusing the enthusiasm of young people is the key to our future in space.


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