The Space Operations Institute, established at Capitol College in 2002 with a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is a consortium of NASA, industry, government and education partners. The Institute combines the infrastructure necessary to manage satellite operations with an educational program that prepares students for careers in all aspects of space mission operations. SOI builds upon Capitol’s established engineering foundation and works closely with NASA to understand the aerospace industry’s changing skill requirements.
Full-time students enrolled in one of Capitol’s engineering disciplines may apply for NASA and industry sponsored co-op positions as early as their freshman year.
SOI co-op students work in one of the NASA satellite control centers or development labs to gain practical experience that supplements their academic learning.
SOI students often work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, just down the road from campus.
Having experience at SOI is like having a passport into the small, exclusive world of highly qualified aerospace professionals.