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WSGC Industry Partners 

Promega, Gulfstream, B/E Aerospace, Astronautics, Sierra Nevada Corporation (ORBITEC), and Astronomy Magazine are partnering with WSGC to provide industry experience to a full-time student attending a WSGC Academic Affiliate Institution. Learn more about these opportunities below.  

Summer 2017 OPPORTUNITY

Summer Camp Teaching Assistant
July 31-Aug 4, 2017

Applying: 
Contact: Jonel Kiesau
email: jonel.kiesau@wisconsin.gov (copy john.m.heasley@gmail.com)
Education Coordinator phone: 608-625-2965
S36661 State Highway 131
website: http://kvr.state.wi.us/education La Farge WI 54639
Please reference WSGC in the section asking where you heard about the position.

Position:  Summer Camp Teaching Assistant
Job location:  LaFarge, WI
Preferred majors:  Pursuing a geology degree
Job summary:  The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is looking for an interested college student with a background in geology to assist in teaching a hands-on Space Rocks camp to kids ages 11-14. The lead teacher has created the curriculum, but we are looking for the assistant teacher to create a few activities to excite young people about geology. Girls and boys will explore the unique geology of our Driftless Area and then use those skills to learn about the rocks and landscapes of other worlds. We hope to inspire these young people to consider STEM careers. The Kickapoo Valley Reserve promotes life-long environmental stewardship learning through hands-on, field-based experience. The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is over 8,000 acres of wilderness nestled in the driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin. The Reserve is dedicated to the preservation of wilderness and the enhancement of educational and recreational opportunities. For more information about our education and events programs please check out our website.
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the creation of hands-on geology related activities and deliver that program to campers
  • Share the story of your journey along the STEM stream and discuss possible careers in geology
  • Provide activities in writing to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve staff prior to the session
  • Activities should focus on the Kickapoo Valley Reserve
  • Other field site locations are suitable as supportive material only

Qualifications: 

  • Background in geology, familiarity with the Driftless Area and planetary geology are plusses
  • Enthusiasm for teaching middle schoolers; experience developing and delivering programs for youth a plus
  • Some working knowledge of Wisconsin flora and fauna a plus
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Organized, self-motivated and able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Must have reliable transportation

Position Dates/Rate of Pay:

  • Five days during the week of July 31-August 4. Campers arrive at 9am and depart at 3pm.
  • $600 for preparation and instruction.

Benefits to You:

  • Gain experience in geology education and outreach
  • Teach enthusiastic students who love being outdoors and learning the stories of rocks
  • Work with meteorite and lunar samples
  • Learn from interesting guest presenters Inspire the next generation of scientists

Before Applying Contact:
John Heasley
email: john.m.heasley@gmail.com
Space Rocks Instructor
phone: 606-583-3010

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Summer/fall 2017 CO-OP OPPORTUNITY

Mechanical Engineer Co-op Internship

Applying:  Students should apply for this position here.  Please reference WSGC in the section asking where you heard about the position.

Position:  Mechanical Engineer Co-op Intern Tracking Code:  R0002719
Job location:  Madison, WI
Required student status:  Junior/Senior preferred, Sophomore status minimum
Preferred majors:  Pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree or other similar degree
Job summary:  Seeking qualified mechanical engineering students available for Summer plus Fall 2017 work experience. These positions will be working in an aerospace engineering environment, providing support to our mechanical engineer project teams with a variety of tasks including: assisting with the setup and testing, collection and analysis of experimental data, equipment troubleshooting and hardware design, and other engineering tasks.

Primary responsibilities include: 

  1. Establishes learning objectives with mentor/supervisor
  2. Supports assignments that represent general tasking in the field of interest
  3. Occasionally takes on special projects as assigned by the mentor/supervisor
  4. Establishes fundamental business/technical foundation through practice of internal processes and procedures

Additional responsibilities include: 

  1. Punctuality to work each day and prepared to work scheduled work hours
  2. Other duties as assigned

Compliance responsibilities include: 

  1. Responsible for thoughtful adherence to all SNC Policies, Procedures, and Compliance regulations (internal and external)

Essential functions: 

  1. Minimum physical requirements to perform all duties and responsibilities, as defined by management
  2. SNC job descriptions are meant as summarizations only. They do not necessarily reflect all duties and responsibilities of a position

Education, experience, and skills required: 

Candidates are not expected to have specific mechanical engineering work experience; however, should have at least a sophomore status, with junior or senior status preferred.

  1. Students must be pursuing a Mechanical Engineering or other similar degree.
  2. Some type of of hands-on mechanical experience is a plus.
  3. Candidates must be available for FULL-TIME SUMMER AND FALL 2017 employment.
  4. Requires US Citizenship, US Permanent Residency, or other status as a US Person
  5. It is desired that full-time students have a GPA of 3.2 or above; 3.0 or above for working students.
  6. Technical skills complimentary to the field of interest.
  7. Strong skills in Word, Excel and Visio; Access is a plus.
  8. Ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment.
  9. Presentation skills using Powerpoint helpful.
  10. Strong organization skills.
  11. Detail oriented. 

Sierra Nevada Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

– Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran, or any other protected status pursuant to applicable local, state or federal law, ordinance or regulation

 

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8-month 2017 co-op OPPORTUNITY

Process Engineer Co-op

Applying:  Students should apply for this position here.  Please reference WSGC in the section asking where you heard about the position.

Position:  Process Engineer Co-op Tracking Code:  2016-1473
Job location:  Madison, WI
Required student status:  Junior/Senior
Preferred majors:  BS Chemical, Bioprocess (or equivalent specialty with a Bioprocess emphasis) Engineering.
Job objective:  Apply engineering principles and methods to tasks which support the ongoing projects and responsibilities of the Promega Engineering department. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: 

  1. Equipment Evaluation – Perform process equipment trials, either on line or with prototype test systems.
  2. Equipment Fabrication – Create designs and fabricate components as required for test fixturing and implementation of equipment improvements.
  3. Project Assistant – Assist, as required, with GMP documentation and tasks associated with engineering projects.  
  4. Process Improvement – Investigate and analyze existing manufacturing processes for ongoing continuous improvement in the areas of reliability, cost, throughput, capability, efficiency, workflow, and overall resource utilization.
  5. Proactive Problem Solving – identify equipment performance and process issues, and either resolve them or propose timely recommendations to management for resolution.
  6. Understands and complies with ethical, legal and regulatory requirements applicable to our business.

OCCASIONAL DUTIES: 

  1. Present updates at various project team meetings.
  2. Present project work to a team of engineers.
  3. Ability to travel.

MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS: 

  1. Junior or senior standing studying BS Chemical, Bioprocess (or equivalent specialty with a Bioprocess emphasis) Engineering.
  2. Mechanical and problem solving skills.
  3. Excellent organization, communication, and presentation skills.
  4. Driven individual with a track record of being a self-starter.
  5. Ability to handle both multiple and changing priorities.
  6. Proficiency with MS Office applications (i.e., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  1. Prototyping experience.
  2. Research project experience. 
  3. CAD experience.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 

  1. Ability to work in a lab environment with chemical and biological materials.
  2. Ability to observe and inspect equipment and operations for proper operation and compliance to safety and housekeeping standards.
  3. Ability to work in a production environment around automated equipment.
  4. Ability to work in an office environment utilizing a computer workstation.

Originally, founded in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, Promega has branches in 16 countries and more than 50 global distributors serving 100 countries. If you are looking for your local Promega sales office, manufacturing facility or product distributor, you can find contact information here.

With a portfolio of more than 3,000 products covering the fields of genomics, protein analysis and expression, cellular analysis, drug discovery and genetic identity, Promega is a global leader in providing innovative solutions and technical support to life scientists in academic, industrial and government settings.

Promega products are used by life scientists who are asking fundamental questions about biological processes as well as by scientists who are applying scientific knowledge to diagnose and treat diseases, discover new therapeutics, and use genetics and DNA testing for human identification.

Promega holds significant intellectual property rights and licenses in several key areas that form a foundation for its diverse portfolio including:

  • Bioluminescence, including engineered luciferases, luciferase reporter vectors and luciferase substrates
  • Short tandem repeat (STR) detection for STR-based cell line authentication, human identification, cell and tissue characterization, and mixed sample detection
  • HaloTag® protein labeling and capture technology

 

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summer 2017 internship OPPORTUNITY - Two openings

Intern, Integrated Solutions

Applying:  Students should apply for this position here.  Please reference WSGC in the section asking where you heard about the position.

Position:  Intern, Integrated Solutions Tracking Code:  2016-1451
Job location:  Madison, WI
Required student status:  Not specified
Preferred majors:  Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biological, chemical, or engineering sciences.
Job objective:  Support the development and optimization of automated methods, assist senior scientific resources with research projects, aid in development of new chemistries, preform automation experimentation, analyze and report data, troubleshoot automation instrumentation and chemistries. 

 ESSENTIAL DUTIES: 

  1. Support ongoing efforts of Automation Scientists to develop new chemistries, new automated processes, and engineering designs.
  2. Act as a technical resource for the verification and validation of existing automated processes and chemistries.
  3. Work with automated instrumentation to develop new processes.
  4. Understands and complies with ethical, legal and regulatory requirements applicable to our business.

MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS: 

  1. Laboratory coursework in biological, chemical or engineering sciences.
  2. Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  3. Ability to effectively work on many priorities at one time, which change frequently.
  4. Ability to interact productively with team members, take direction, and follow written directions.
  5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  6. Must be computer literate in Word and Excel.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

    1. Advanced coursework in biological, chemical or engineering sciences.
    2. Experience working in an industry or academic laboratory environment.

       

      PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 

  1. Ability to work around automated equipment.
  2. Ability to work in an office environment utilizing a computer workstation.
  3. Ability to work in a lab environment with chemical and biological materials.
  4. Able to lift 30 pounds.

Originally, founded in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, Promega has branches in 16 countries and more than 50 global distributors serving 100 countries. If you are looking for your local Promega sales office, manufacturing facility or product distributor, you can find contact information here.

With a portfolio of more than 3,000 products covering the fields of genomics, protein analysis and expression, cellular analysis, drug discovery and genetic identity, Promega is a global leader in providing innovative solutions and technical support to life scientists in academic, industrial and government settings.

Promega products are used by life scientists who are asking fundamental questions about biological processes as well as by scientists who are applying scientific knowledge to diagnose and treat diseases, discover new therapeutics, and use genetics and DNA testing for human identification.

Promega holds significant intellectual property rights and licenses in several key areas that form a foundation for its diverse portfolio including:

  • Bioluminescence, including engineered luciferases, luciferase reporter vectors and luciferase substrates
  • Short tandem repeat (STR) detection for STR-based cell line authentication, human identification, cell and tissue characterization, and mixed sample detection
  • HaloTag® protein labeling and capture technology


Fall 2016 Immediate Internship Opportunity

Electrical Design Engineer Intern

Applying:  Students should apply for this position here.  Please reference WSGC in the section asking where you heard about the position.

Position:  Electrical Design Engineer Intern Tracking Code:  2015326
Job location:  Milwaukee, WI
Required student status:  Junior/Senior
Preferred majors:  Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering at an accredited institution.
Job description:  The Electrical Design Intern will contribute to one of the following types of projects during their time with Astronautics: Primary Flight, Engine, and Multifunction displays as well as in-flight computing devices including Network Servers, Mission and Display Processing, Data Concentrator Units, and Flight Controls. The Electrical Design Intern will aid Electrical Design engineers in the current phase of product development which could include requirements gathering and verification, detailed design and analysis, troubleshooting and root cause analysis, compliance to industry and company design standards, or efforts to maintain compliance to program cost and schedule targets. Working with a dedicated mentor, the Electrical Design Intern will have the opportunity to impact current product development by completing a bounded project while at Astronautics.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Aid in the development of technical specifications for both internal and external customers.
  • Design electronic circuits and assemblies for specification compliance.
  • Aid in the verification of designs to meet or exceed all requirements and specifications.
  • Analyze analog, digital, and power circuit designs including micro-processors/controllers, DSP’s, FPGA’s, sensor interfaces, linear and switching power supplies.
  • Perform detailed technical analysis and create test and analysis reports.
  • Create technical solutions through root cause analysis for production, reliability, and/or performance issues. 

Required skills: 

  • Must display excellent leadership, teamwork, and problem solving skills.
  • Must have laboratory experience integrating multiple pieces of equipment, signal sources, and processors.
  • Experience with circuit design and simulation tools is preferred: Mentor Graphics DxDesigner/PADS, Hyperlynx, pSpice
  • Strong verbal and written skills required.
  • Must be a US Citizen or be a US Permanent Residence Card Holder.

Astronautics Corporation of America, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of avionics equipment and systems for the commercial and military aerospace industry. Key product areas include electronic primary flight displays, engine displays, mission computers, electronic flight bags and certified servers for airborne applications. Services include system integration and custom software for critical applications. Since its founding in 1959, Astronautics has been providing tailored engineering solutions to help clients achieve mission success.


Fall 2016 Immediate Internship Opportunity

Software Engineer Intern

Applying:  Students should apply for this position here.  Please reference WSGC in the section asking where you heard about the position.

Position:  Software Engineer Intern Tracking Code:  2015327
Job location:  Milwaukee, WI
Employment type: Part-time:  12-15 hrs/wk minimum w/flexibility provided during exam weeks.  Possible full-time internship work during winter and summer breaks.
Required student status:  Sophomore/junior/senior
Preferred majors:  BS program in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Electrical Engineering required.  Similar standing in BS program in another Engineering discipline, Mathematics or Physical Sciences considered.
Job description: The Software Engineer Intern will support Software Engineers in the development, verification, and maintenance of software in Primary Flight, Engine, and Multifunction displays as well as in-flight computing devices including Network Servers, Mission and Display Processors, Data Concentrator Units, and Flight Controls.  The Software Engineer Intern will work under the supervision of Software Engineering Managers and other experienced Software Engineers and will engage in all phases of software development including the following:

  • Participate in software development activities including requirement specification, design definition, and code implementation.
  • Perform software verification activities including test definition, test execution, and review of software lifecycle artifacts.
  • Integrate and debug executable code on avionics hardware platforms.
  • Generate software lifecycle documentation in support of the pursuit of formal certification of avionics software with the FAA and foreign certification authorities.

The Software Engineering Intern will perform the above activities on a part-time basis in conjunction with their on-going university education.  A commitment of 12-15 hrs/wk minimum is required, with flexibility provided during exam weeks.
Required skills: 

  • Working knowledge of software concepts, practices & procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Experience in software debugging and troubleshooting.
  • Capable of working independently with limited oversight from Senior Engineers.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Good programming skills in C/C++ required.
  • Experience with Python scripting preferred.
  • Programming experience in C#/.Net preferred.
  • Fluent in the use of Microsoft Office tools.
  • Must be a US Citizen or be a US Permanent Residence Card Holder.

Astronautics Corporation of America, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of avionics equipment and systems for the commercial and military aerospace industry. Key product areas include electronic primary flight displays, engine displays, mission computers, electronic flight bags and certified servers for airborne applications. Services include system integration and custom software for critical applications. Since its founding in 1959, Astronautics has been providing tailored engineering solutions to help clients achieve mission success.


Fall 2016 Immediate Internship Opportunity

Mechanical Design Engineer Intern

Applying:  Students should apply for this position here.  Please reference WSGC in the section asking where you heard about the position.

Position:  Mechanical Design Engineer Intern Tracking Code:  2015328
Job location:  Milwaukee, WI
Employment type: Part-time:  12-15 hrs/wk minimum w/flexibility provided during exam weeks.  Possible full-time internship work during winter and summer breaks.
Required student status:  Sophomore/junior/senior
Preferred majors:  BS program in Mechanical Engineering. 
Job description:  As a Mechanical Engineer Intern with Astronautics, you may perform the following design activities with oversight and guidance from senior staff members:

  • Mechanical Design/Packaging activities including requirements capture, conceptual design, thermal and modal analysis, and implementation (3-D models)
  • Verification activities including test definition, test execution, thermal surveys, and review of deign life cycle artifacts
  • Integration activities including the integration and troubleshooting of mechanical assemblies in a lab environment, support of vibration and thermal qualification tests

The Mechanical Engineer Intern will perform the above activities on a part-time basis in conjunction with their on-going university education.  A commitment of 12-15 hrs/wk minimum is required, with flexibility provided during exam weeks.

Required skills: 

  • Demonstrates working knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures
  • Performs required activities relying primarily on pre-established department procedures
  • Exercises some level of independent judgment, but typically escalates problems to senior staff members for additional guidance
  • Must be a US Citizen or be a US Permanent Residence Card Holder.

Astronautics Corporation of America, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a global leader in the design, development and manufacture of avionics equipment and systems for the commercial and military aerospace industry. Key product areas include electronic primary flight displays, engine displays, mission computers, electronic flight bags and certified servers for airborne applications. Services include system integration and custom software for critical applications. Since its founding in 1959, Astronautics has been providing tailored engineering solutions to help clients achieve mission success.

 

 

 

Summer/Fall 2016 Internship - Brian Andryk (UW-Madison)

ISS and Manned Spaceflight Vehicle Payload Design and Development

Applying:  Students should apply for this position at http://www.jobsinmadison.com/. Please reference WSGC  in your cover letter.

Position:  Internship-Coop-Mechanical Engineer 
Job location:  Madison, WI
Start date:  June 2016
Application deadline:  Not specified
Employment type:  Full-time
Shift:  Day Shift
Starting salary:  $13-$16
Salary/Benefit ORBITEC offers a casual and friendly work environment, along with exciting aerospace project exposure/experience.
Required student status:  Sophomore
Preferred majors:  Aerospace/Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Job description:  Seeking qualified mechanical engineering students available for Summer plus Spring 2016 work experience.  These positions will be working in a research-oriented environment and conducting a variety of tasks including:  assisting with the setup and testing, collection and analysis of experimental data, equipment troubleshooting and hardware design, and other engineering tasks.
Job qualifications:  Candidates are not expected to have specific mechanical engineering work experience; however, should have at least a sophomore status, with junior or senior status preferred.  Students must be pursuing a Mechanical Engineering or other similar degree.  Some type of hands-on mechanical experience is a plus.  Candidates must be available for FULL-TIME SUMMER and FALL 2016 employment.
Requires US Citizenship, US Permanent Residency, or other status as a US Person EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability. Must attend a WSGC Academic Affiliate.

ORBITEC offers a wide variety of engineering opportunities for interns and co-ops. We employ engineers in many fields of engineering including Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Computer Science. Many of our full time employees started their careers with ORBITEC as an intern or co-op. Our interns and co-ops are given the opportunity to work directly with the engineers on projects varying from rocket science to spaceflight hardware design. We involve the intern/co-ops fully and allow them to demonstrate and expand on their strengths. They are involved in many aspects of engineering including design, test, verification, analysis and documentation. Learn more about employment opportunities at Orbitec:  http://www.orbitec.com/employ.html

Summer 2016 Fellowship at Astronomy Magazine (Jordan Rice - Carthage College)

Student Science Writer

Applying:   Students should send a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 writing samples to David Eicher, Editor deicher@astronomy.com.

Position:  Fellowship Astronomy Magazine Science Writing
Job location:  Waukesha, WI
Work Period:  June - August 2016
Application deadline:  TBA
Hours:  40/week
Shift:  Day Shift
Fellowship Stipend:  $5,000
Educational background:  The ideal candidate will have an educational background in science and a demonstrated interest in writing.  A major emphasizing astronomy or physics is a plus, but not required. 
Job description:  The science-writing student will, working with the editor, identify astronomy-related issues and topics for stories in a variety of forms – hard news, features, blogs, and an enterprise project. These articles will appear as news stories in Astronomy magazine, and as blogs and breaking news on astronomy.com. The student will have is or her own desk in our building in Waukesha, and will have access to the editors in order to check in on assignments, review sources, and story angles, and edit draft copies. The student will also have a role in creating content for Astronomy’s 2017 Great American Eclipse website, which will educate the public about solar science and the best ways to view the coming eclipse. Finally, the student will work with the editor to craft a feature-length story for the magazine on an agreed upon topic. The goal is to have the student leave with a portfolio of short clips and one longer piece to help launch him or her into a career in science communications, or assist in better explaining his or her own research to the public and funding agencies.
Title:  Cover breaking news on the latest astronomy research
Description: Working with the editor, the student will identify important and interesting new developments in astronomy and will craft news stories that will appear online and in the magazine.
Expected outcome: The student will learn about the hottest areas of astronomical research and work to turn scientific jargon into accurate and easily digestible news stories. In the end, this will become a portfolio of clips that can help with a career in science communication.
Title: Promoting the Great American Eclipse
Description: In 2017, our country will experience the most significant event in the history of American observational astronomy, as a solar eclipse passes from coast to coast. Working with the editor, the student will write stories about solar science and observing the eclipse. The student will also have the opportunity to help the magazine develop outreach efforts over the following year.
Title: Craft a magazine feature article
Description: Working with the editor, the student will choose a topic of interest to them and craft a ~2,500 word feature article to run in the magazine. The student will conduct interviews with scientists, review relevant scientific research articles, and attend planning meetings with the art and editorial departments. This process will let the student see up close how a magazine is made. The article will serve as a final project and will give the student a proud milestone to potentially present.
Requires US Citizenship, US Permanent Residency, or other status as a US Person EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability. Must attend a WSGC Academic Affiliate.

Astronomy magazine is the world’s most popular publication on the subject. The title was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1973, and is currently owned by Kalmbach Publishing Co., based in Waukesha. Kalmbach owns more than a dozen popular magazine titles, including Astronomy’s sister publication, Discover. Astronomy’s editors have decades of combined experience in the science and hobby, which gives the staff access to a large pool of sources that include the biggest names in the field. Our popular website, astronomy.com, brings in millions of visitors each year, and our Facebook page boasts more than 1 million likes.

 

 

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