Space Law Pilot Program: Space Law Network
2019 Summer Internship Program Information

Application Portal: https://nespacegrant.infoready4.com/

The University of Nebraska College of Law’s Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications (SCT) Law Program was selected by NASA to establish the Space Law Network (SLN).  As part of this program, SCT leadership, Professor and Co-Director Matt Schaefer and Executive Director Elsbeth Magilton are working with NASA Nebraska Space Grant Associate Director Michaela Lucas to help collect and vet internship applications for funded positions at NASA centers in summer 2019.  After the initial vetting process, the ultimate hiring decisions will be made by the attorneys at each individual center. The NASA centers may conduct phone or VoIP interviews with applicants.

These paid positions are full time and span 10 weeks (generally end-of-May to the beginning-of-August) and come with a $9,000 award to fund the experience.

It is the responsibility of each student to arrange their own travel/transportation and locate housing during the internship experience.

Applicants must specify if they want to be reviewed for a position at all of the centers participating or they may select a single center of interest. An applicant selecting a single center will only be considered for the position at that center and none of the others. The rest of the vetted applicant pool will be sent to every center for review. 

Internship Description:
The intern will work with NASA attorneys on a broad range of legal matters encountered by the world’s premier space agency.  Such matters may include litigation and transactional actions involving government contracts, Space Act agreements, personnel law, government ethics, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), interagency agreements, and other issues.  The intern will attend meetings, review documents, perform legal research, analyze statutes, regulations, and case law, and draft legal memoranda. 

The law practice of the NASA legal team is dynamic, interesting, and spirited.  Our legal professionals work as a cohesive and collegial organization, providing a full range of legal advice and legal services for NASA’s programs and operations.  We are an industrious team of public servants who are focused on results while embracing camaraderie, cooperation, mutual respect, diversity, and passion for the practice of law.

Centers Participating in the Internship Program (students may express an interest in a specific center or elect to be considered for any center):

Armstrong
Armstrong Flight Research Center is located at Edwards, California. Armstrong is NASA's lead center for atmospheric flight research, operations, and testing. Armstrong supports the agency by providing flight research and development for NASA aeronautics, and global flight operations and development for NASA science in support of astrophysics and earth science. Armstrong supports the agency’s human space flight and space technology efforts through atmospheric flight validation. David D. McBride is the current director of NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center.

Ames
NASA's Ames Research Center is located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. For more than 75 years, Ames has led NASA in conducting world-class research and development in aeronautics, exploration technology and science. Ames's core areas of expertise are entry systems, advanced computing and IT systems, aero sciences, air traffic management, astrobiology and life science, intelligent/adaptive systems and space and Earth science.  Eugene Tu is the current director of Ames Research Center. 

Johnson
NASA’s Johnson Space Center is located in Houston, TX. It has served as a hub of human spaceflight activity for more than half a century. It is home to the nation’s astronaut corps, the International Space Station mission operations, the Orion Program, and a host of future space developments. The center plays a pivotal role in enhancing scientific and technological knowledge to benefit all of humankind. Mark S. Geyer is the current director of the Johnson Space Center.

Kennedy
Kennedy Space Center is located on the east coast of Florida, adjacent to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It is the home to NASA's launch services program, as well as the commercial crew, exploration ground, and station payloads programs. Since December 1968, Kennedy Space Center has been NASA's primary launch center of human spaceflight. Robert D. Cabana is the current director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

Langley
Langley Research Center is located in Hampton, Virginia.  Langley works to make revolutionary improvements to aviation, expand understanding of Earth’s atmosphere and develop technology for space exploration. NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) is located at Langley and works to solve the challenges that still exist in our nation's air transportation system: air traffic congestion, safety and environmental impacts. David E. Bowels is the current director of Langley Research Center.

Marshall
Marshall Space Flight Center is located in Huntsville, Alabama. Marshall has been used to design and build the engines, vehicles, space systems, instruments and science payloads that make possible unprecedented missions of science and discovery throughout our solar system. Marshall also manages the Michoud Assembly Facility, where the core stage of Space Launch System is under construction with a unique set of leading-edge tools, including the largest spacecraft welding tool in the world, the 170-foot-tall, 78-foot-wide Vertical Assembly Center. Jody Singer is the current director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. 

NSSC- NASA Shared Services Center
The NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) was established as a result of an OMB A-76 competition and opened for business on March 1, 2006, on the grounds of Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The NSSC performs selected business activities for all NASA Centers in financial management, human resources, information technology, procurement and business support services. The NSSC is supported in its mission, under contract, by its Service Provider, CSC. The NSSC performs a variety of transactional and administrative activities. Consolidation allows the NSSC to increase operational efficiency and improve overall customer service. Anita Harrel is the current director of the NSSC.

Stennis
Stennis Space Center is located in South Mississippi on I-10 at Exit 2 approximately 48 miles west of Biloxi and 45 miles east of New Orleans. Stennis has evolved into a multidisciplinary facility comprised of NASA and more than 40 other resident agencies engaged in space and environmental programs and the national defense, including the U.S. Navy's world-class oceanographic research community. As of 2012, it is NASA's largest rocket engine test facility. Richard Gilbrech is the current director of NASA's Stennis Space Center.

Timeline

  • Application opens 12/19/2018
  • Application closes 1/31/2019
  • NASA centers receive applications to review 2/10/2019
  • NASA centers may conduct phone or VoIP interviews with applicants
  • Final selections will be made prior to 3/1/2019

Eligibility

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this NASA funding. Documentation must be provided at the time of selection.
  • Student must be a current law student who will have completed 1L by summer 2019 (JD or LLM students are eligible).
  • Student must have a demonstrated interest or background in the field of space law.

Attire: Business Attire is required during the workday unless otherwise directed by the center.

Process

Website: https://nespacegrant.infoready4.com/

Enter the information into the application at https://nespacegrant.infoready4.com/ . The quality of the application responses is a major factor in selection. Spend extra time proofreading this document to ensure your essay responses are as complete as possible. Applications will be reviewed and scored with the top-ranked applicants moving on to review by the NASA offices.

Applicants must specify if they want to be reviewed for a position at all of the centers participating or they may select a single center of interest. An applicant selecting a single center will only be considered for the position at that center and none of the others. The rest of the vetted applicant pool will be sent to every center for review.  

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Proposal Fields Information for the Application:

  • Proposal Title: Your Last Name Internship Space Law 2018 (example: Smith Internship Space Law 2018)
  • Start Date: 2/1/19
  • End Date: 08/15/19
  • Faculty Mentor Information: Michaela Lucas, mlucas@unomaha.edu, (402) 554-2686

For Questions about the Application Process and Portal Contact:
Michaela Lucas, mlucas@unomaha.edu, (402) 554-2686

For Questions About the Space Law Network and Curriculum Contact:
Elsbeth Magilton, Elsbeth@unl.edu, (402) 472-1662