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Lift-off for NZ with NASA scholarship deal

Students from New Zealand will be able to participate in internships at a NASA research centre in California for the first time, thanks to a new deal between the US and New Zealand space agencies.

Students from New Zealand will be able to complete internships with NASA. Photo: pexels

Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, UAE and more send students to the NASA program

The New Zealand Space Agency has also announced a scholarship to cover airfares, accommodation, and associated expenses to support up to four students completing NASA’s internship program each year.

Students will be able to learn at world-class facilities with top specialist, Economic Development minister David Parker said at a launch event at the Carter Observatory in Wellington.

“As the world becomes more connected, New Zealanders who study across boundaries will benefit greatly”

“Through the program, high-achieving Kiwi students will have the opportunity to work in NASA’s best and most advanced research facilities, with access to expert mentors,” he said.

“Giving our future innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists opportunities to get a head-start in space-related careers will play a vital role in developing a thriving domestic industry. It also strengthens New Zealand’s connection with global space networks and raises New Zealand’s profile as a location for space activities.”

Earlier in August, New Zealand launched an internationalisation strategy that focused on developing global citizens, outbound mobility and global competencies for domestic students.

According to ENZ regional director for the Americas and Europe, Lisa Futschek, the NASA scholarship reflects the country’s new strategy.

“We are more focused than ever on supporting New Zealand students with global learning opportunities as they benefit both the student and New Zealand more generally – and the NASA scholarship is an ideal example of this,” she said.

“As the world becomes more connected, young New Zealanders who can live, work and study across national boundaries will benefit greatly.”

There are a range of scholarships for young Kiwis, including the Prime Minister’s scholarships, which were extended to Latin America in 2016 and Asia in 2014.

The NASA internships last approximately three months, and students will be able to apply for the June 2019 intake from September 10, through the New Zealand Space Agency.

Countries including Brazil, Mexico, South Korea and United Arab Emirates also send students to the US for the internship program.

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