July 20, 2019
For immediate release
OTTAWA – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and the United States Embassy in Ottawa are pleased to announce that for the first time, Canadian students will be eligible to participate in the NASA International Internship (NASA I²) Program.
“NASA inspires the next generation of explorers around the world – the Artemis generation who will send humans deeper into space than ever before,” said Mike Kincaid, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first landing of humans on the Moon, NASA looks forward to going back to the Moon and this time with international partners. This agreement, following Canada’s commitment to the Lunar Gateway Program, marks yet another important development in a long history of U.S.-Canada space cooperation. We look forward to welcoming Canadian students as part of our international cohort of interns and joining us in this new era of space exploration.”
The agreement between NASA and the CSA will allow Canadian graduate and undergraduate students to compete for internships offered through NASA I² at NASA Centers across the United States. The U.S. Embassy will cover travel and living expenses for up to ten selected students. This funding from the U.S. Embassy will be available through Fulbright Canada following the selection of winning candidates.
“When U.S. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon exactly 50 years ago today, Canadian-made legs on the lunar landing module helped facilitate their safe arrival,” said U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft. “It is fitting that we celebrate today’s anniversary with two meaningful U.S.-Canada collaborations. In addition to today’s announcement that Canada is joining NASA I2, the United States is proud to have Canada as its first international partner on the Lunar Gateway Program, which will take humans to the Moon, Mars, and beyond! We hope that both of these collaborations between our countries and space agencies will inspire the next generation to dream the impossible.”
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