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The 2015-2016 Lead Student Internships are a one-year commitment, competitively selected at each institution to receive training on sensor package construction and deployment on tethered aerostats.

Expectation of Lead Student Interns

Each LSI is expected to

  • participate in three training workshops on aerostat hardware and data analysis.  The three workshop topics are:  Ground Truth, Flight Data Analysis, and Next Steps (Workshops are hosted at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point).
  • lead the construction, launch, and data analysis of a aerostat-based monitoring project on or near their campus.
  • organize and train affiliate student interns on the aerostat project to ensure a sustained monitoring/data gathering and analysis program on campus.
  • present the results of TAP research at a conference. 
  • write and publish TAP research report in the Proceedings of the Wisconsin Space Conference.

Lead Student Intern Stipend

LSIs are paid $8000 stipends per year in four equal installments.


  • U.S. Citizen
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Major in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field
  • commitment to pursuing a career in a STEM field
  • Commitment to pursue a four-year degree in a STEM field is desirable.

Program Goals

The goal of the WSGC Tethered Aerostat Program is to improve retention in science fields and to encourage participating in Wisconsin’s technical workforce. To assess how well the TAP meets these goals, we request that each Lead Student Intern provide progress updates (transcripts) each semester during TAP participation.

Additional Information

Interested students should contact their institutional TAP coordinator for additional program information:
College of Menominee Nation: Ms. Jennifer Morris
UW-Fox Valley: Dr. Beth Johnson
Western Technical College: Dr. Michael LeDocq

Apply Today!

Applications open through September 30, 2015.
Application form for LSI/ASI positions

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