Friday, October 5, 2012

Asteroid Miners Wanted!

Tired of that mundane desk job? Want a more exciting internship experience than ferrying around coffee at a downtown law firm? Then we may have just the thing: Out-of-this-world asteroid-mining startup Planetary Resources is seeking college juniors and seniors eager to blast off into a twenty-second century career (on a temporary, six-month basis).

Planetary Resources is a bizarre new future-tech startup launched by famed Titanic director James Cameron and Google co-founder Larry Page. The organization believes there are billions of dollars to be made harvesting the raw materials found in near-Earth asteroids.

Reads the advertisement: "Planetary Resources, Inc (PRI), The Asteroid Mining Company, is seeking qualified and enthusiastic candidates for paid cooperative education positions to assist in the development of new systems and technologies for the commercial robotic exploration of near Earth asteroids in our Bellevue, WA location. Applicants should have an interest in space systems design and application and should expect a hands-on, intense and dynamic work environment." 

If you — or someone you know — is interested in a career in the stars, then it's time to hit the books. You'll need a GPA of 3.2 in your current studies in aerospace, mechanical, electrical, or computer systems engineering; engineering physics; engineering mechanics; or computer science. Whomever is chosen will need to be available for official asteroid-type work January through August 2013.

What will the chosen applicants wind up doing for one of the "craziest projects funded by the mega-rich?" We're not sure. But even if you're just standing around getting Larry Page and James Cameron's coffee, that's still a lot cooler than fetching a latte for Consolidated Industries' 2009 Assistant Manager of the Year.

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