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Internships at NASA centers


NASA’s internship programs provide training, mentoring, and career development opportunities while working with the best science, engineering, financial, information technology and business minds in the world. NASA internships are available for students in a variety of disciplines – not just science, technology, engineering and math.

Pathways Internships

STEM Engagement Internships:

NASA Internships_Brochure

All Florida students interested in internships at NASA centers for the summer of 2020 have to apply through the NASA Internships and Fellowships website  (

The NASA centers will make the selection of students and will request FSGC to pay the stipends for some of the Florida students that are selected for the internship. FSGC will support up to 5  Florida students as interns at NASA centers during summer of 2020. All students have to be US citizens and enrolled in a FSGC affiliated  Florida university or College.

Please note that FSGC will not support interns during the Fall and Spring semesters

Application Deadline

Summer 2020: March 8, 2020 11:59 EST

Internships at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)

Research at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) emphasizes a broad study of global change, which is an interdisciplinary initiative addressing natural and man-made changes in our environment that occur on various time scales — from one-time forcings such as volcanic explosions, to seasonal and annual effects such as El Niño, and on up to the millennia of ice ages — and that affect the habitability of our planet.

GISS is located at Columbia University in New York City. The institute is a laboratory in the Earth Sciences Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and is affiliated with the Columbia Institute and School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The current summer internship projects being offered for high school, undergraduate and graduate students this summer include:

The application period for the summer closes on March 8th. Students are encouraged to apply early at:

2019 Summer Interns

2019 FSGC Supported Intern Profiles

2018 Summer Interns


Mentor / Collaborator Student Name School Opportunity Title NASA Center Academic Level Major
Sampson, Jeff Gammon, Richard UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA Materials Testing and Analysis of
Ablative Coatings
NASA KSC Junior Material Science
Jones, Jonathan Ojeda, Carlos UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA Launch Vehicle Control System Design and Testing NASA MARSHALL Senior Aerospace Engineering
Thompson, Furman Colby, Joel UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Additive Manufacturing of a Humidity Sensor NASA MARSHALL Senior Aerospace Engineering
Nufer, Brian Green, Max UNIVERSITY OF  FLORIDA Mechanical and/or Fluids Engineer for Testing and Analysis NASA KSC Senior Mechanical Engineering
Shaykhian, Ali Watkins, Terrell FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY Systems Development, Data Mining and Knowledge Discover NASA KSC Freshman Mechanical Engineering
Shaykhian, Ali Bellamy, Brandeis UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Systems Development, Data Mining and Knowledge Discover NASA KSC Junior Aerospace Engineering
Macon, David White, Lance UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Reverse Engineering and
NASA KSC Junior Mechanical Engineering
Warmbrodt, William Nicholas, Peters EMBRY RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY Advanced Rotorcraft Aeromechanics Research NASA AMES Senior Aerospace Engineering
Underwood, Matthew Byrd, Cameron UNIVERSITY OF  MIAMI Crew Systems and Aviation Operations Branch NASA LANGLEY Junior Aerospace Engineering

2017 Spring Interns

Jaysen Mulligan UCF
Joshua Steinrock FIT
Jessica Warren FSU

2016 NASA Summer Interns

Briana Luthman (USF) Made in Space Inc
Jonathan Hipps (FIU) Made in Space Inc
Jennie Chung (ERAU) NASA Marshall
Ekaterina Vydra (FGCU) NASA Goddard
Kirsten Carlson (FIT) NASA Wallops
Macarena Ortiz (UMiami) NASA Goddard
Julia Worrell (FIT) NASA  Kennedy
Sophia Bergmann (UFL) NASA Marshall
Matthew Schmidt (ERAU) NASA Marshall
Daniel Houck (FSU) NASA Kennedy Master Planning
Zide Carson (USF) NASA Kennedy
Alexander Diaz-Clark (FIU) NASA – ARC
James Egbert (UCF) NASA Kennedy


2015 NASA Summer Interns

  1. Megan Mackool (UF) – Johnson Space Center
  2. Alexander Voce (UCF) – Kennedy Space Center
  3. Breejum Albritton (FIT) – Kennedy Space Center
  4. Christopher Kennedy (FIT) – Kennedy Space Center
  5. Lindsey Carboneau (FGCU) – Langley Space Center
  6. Ryan Kent (USF) – Marshall Space Flight Center
  7. Sahadeo Ramjatan (UF) – Goddard Space Flight Center


 2014 NASA Summer Interns

  1. Joseph Fischer (FIT) – Kennedy Space Center
  2. Kylie Johnson (FIT) – Kennedy Space Center
  3. Breejum Albritton (FIT) – Kennedy Space Center
  4. Gabriel Diez (FSU) – Marshall Space Flight Center
  5. Gillian Smith (UCF) – Marshall Space Flight Center
  6. Eliyahu Davis (Miami) – Marshall Space Flight Center
  7. Jonathan Katzman (Miami) – Langley Research Center
  8. Joseph Park (UF) – Goddard Space Flight Center

2013 KSC Summer Interns


ANTHONY GAROFALO (UCF)  “Fluid Vessel Quantity using Non-Invasive PZT Technology Flight Volume measurements under Zero-G analysis” under the guidance of Dr. Rudolph Werlink.
ARUN SUBBIAH  (UFL)  “Systems Engineering for Science Payload Development” under the guidance of Dr. Nicole Dufour.
BRITTANY MOTT  (USF)  “Cryogenics and Propulsion branch” under the guidance of Dr. Carlos Estrada.
VRAJEN PATEL  (UCF)  “Development of a prototype algal reactor for removing CO2 from cabin air” under the guidance of Dr. Oscar Monje Mejia.


ALEJANDRA DOMINGUEZ  (FIT)  “KSC Swamp Works” under the guidance of Mr. Robert Mueller.
ANTHONY DEFILLIPO  (Brevard Community College)  “KSC Swamp Works” under the guidance of Mr. Robert Mueller.


2012 KSC Interns

Paige Attaway                  University of Florida

Robert Feldges                 Florida Gulf Coast University

Karl Hewling                      Florida A&M University

Lili Moots                            University of Central Florida

Khadijah Ransom             Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Jasmine Rutledge            Bethune-Cookman University

David Thorpe                    Florida State University

Laura Seward                   University of Central Florida

2011 SAIP Interns

2010 SAIP Interns

2009 SAIP Interns

2008 KSC Interns

2008 Industry Interns

2007 KSC Interns

Florida Space Internship Program

Florida Space Internship Program

Space Life Sciences Lab, Exploration Park at Kennedy Space Center

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) and Space Florida (SF) are partnering in a STEM Internship Program at the Space Life Sciences Laboratory (SLSL), Exploration Park at KSC, during the summer every year (depending on availability of projects at the SLSL).  FSGC will act as the Lead in this program and will have final decision on the selection of potential STEM mentors and interns.  The  internships are of 10 weeks duration. The  internship program usually commence on June 1, and conclude on August 7. . This will be a paid internship of $6,000 for the 10-week program.

The goal of the Internship program will be to train and recruit Florida science/engineering students (US citizens only) into the aerospace & aviation workforce as future employees, while encouraging further study and academic achievement. Particular emphasis will be directed towards building and strengthening allegiances between Space Florida, Florida Space Grant Consortium, NASA-KSC, Florida Universities, as well as Space Life Sciences Laboratory & Exploration Park tenants.

For more information about the SLSL please visit:

If projects are available for the Summer of 2017, the website will be updated during the month of February 2017.


Application and Program structure

Please note that you have to first register at before being able to apply online

 Selected Projects for Summer of 2015

1. Dust Atmospheric Recovery Technology (DART) System – Dr. Andrew Schuerger, University of Florida (Lauren Brown, Univ. of Florida)

2. Generating metabolic networks of the modern stromatolite microbiome – Dr. Jamie Foster, University of Florida (Nick Cullen, Univ. of Florida)


2015 SLSL interns

2015 SLSL Interns Lauren Brown and Nick Cullen from the University of Florida

Internship Information

(a) Interns will be paid a total of $5,000, in two stages. 60% of the stipend will be paid to the student within 4 days of the internship start date, provided the interns have submitted the paperwork provided to them after the notice of their selection and before the start of their internships. Selected students will be given sufficient time to complete their paperwork. Interns will work a 10-week internship, 8 hours a day, precise times to be as agreed with Mentors.

(b) Interns will require their own laptops and must be US citizens.

(c) Interns will be orientated with the safety/security regulations/operations at SLSL, KSC and CCAFS.

(d) During Internship, Interns may be provided with an on-site tour of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with other opportunities to be arranged. This will raise awareness amongst the interns of the economic impact of the aerospace program in the US as well as current research.

(e) Interns will be provided with clear and written instructions as to their behavior, timekeeping, dress and the accepted standards of performance while they are interning at the SLSL/Exploration Park.

(f) Mentors will ensure that the SLSL interns have sufficient work to carry on with during their internship at the SLSL. Mentors will also assume full responsibility for the activities and behavior of their interns, while in the work zone.

(g) At the conclusion of the Internships, both mentors and interns will complete Final Technical Report and Activity Report which will be copied to both FSGC and SF.

(h) Towards the conclusion of the internship, the students will be invited to make a presentation of their work accomplishments to a gathering of Mentors and other invited space industry guests at the SLSL.

(i) FSGC reserves the right to require additional information / reports / waivers as may be required to comply with funding agency requirements at any time during the internship and within 1 year from the internship end date.

(j) Student selection preference will be given to new applicants.


Internship Schedule (2015):



1. Shaun Abdelkarim (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) Project: Development of Microsensors for Biological Research” under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger

2. Mary Elizabeth Bishop (Florida State College at Jacksonville) Project: “Microgravity Induced Differential Gene Regulation in the Symbiotic Bacterium Vibrio Fisheri” under the guidance of Dr. Jamie Foster

3. Kimberly Cranmore (University of Central Florida) Project: “Assessing the Impact of Microgravity on the Innate Immune System Using the Squid-Vibrio Model System” under the guidance of Dr. Jamie Foster

4. Jessica Page (Florida Institute of Technology) Project: “Survival and Growth of Spacecraft Microorganisms Under Mars Simulated Conditions” under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger

5. Fernando Valbuena (University of Central Florida) Project: “Aerobiology of Atmospheric Dusts Over Florida: A Possible Source of Contamination on Planetary Spacecraft at KSC” under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Schuerger

Final presentations by the SLSL interns

at the Space Life Sciences Lab


NATHANIEL GARLAND  (UFL)  “SyNRGE3-Symbiotic-Nodulation-in-a-Reduced-Gravity-Environment-­‐Cubed” under the guidance of Dr. Michael Roberts
KELLY GRAY  (FIT)  “Optimization-of-growth-conditions-for-Synechocystis-SK-­‐14” under the guidance of Dr. Deborah Wells.  
KIMBERLY LINEBERGER   (FIT)  “Microbial-Monitoring-Comparing-qPCR-Platforms-for-ISS-Integration” under the guidance of Dr. David Smith.
RAED NARVEL  (UFL)  “Development-of-Antibiotic-Resistant-Microbes-During-Human-Space-Flight” under the guidance of Dr. Wayne Nicholson

NASA FSGC Ambassadors

2018 NASA FSGC Ambassadors

The Ambassadors’ primary mission is to inform students at their home universities about opportunities available to them at NASA and the NASA FSGC. Their primary responsibilities involve communicating with space-related student organizations and participating in public outreach events. Ambassadors must have strong interpersonal skills as well as excitement for space exploration and STEM research. Here are the 2018 NASA FSGC Ambassadors!

Name: Sam Skinner

University : University of West Florida

Email: sfs11


In the simple sense of the word, an ambassador is a representative. However, a NASA FSGC student ambassador is so much more. I have witnessed while researching under supervision of Dr. ter Haar how prudent teamwork is to discovery, exploration and innovation. Even more significant, the opinions and thoughts of members from an interdisciplinary group to push curiosity and limits of what may seem impossible. With Dr. ter Haar’s guidance, I have learned resilience is pertinent to answering problems that appear unsolvable, and equally adaptability and passion. Becoming a NASA FSGC student ambassador would allow me to share this passion for embracing scientific investigation and exploration to fellow students. Not only would I be able to represent the core values and passion I share with others at NASA, but I would be an advocate for them. By sharing my experiences with NASA’s FSGC program, I hope to inspire others to become involved with NASA’s student programs in order to help develop humanity’s future in space exploration and add to the diversity of backgrounds working towards a common goal.


Name: Brendan White
University: University of Central Florida


I search for the more invigorating fruits of research and academic labors. The world of science and understanding, I truly believe, has refined me in countless ways since my youth, and I long now only to return the favor. I dedicate myself to research, to close the gaps in reason, with the end goal of converting the Earth’s many mysteries into human understanding to prevent and replace the arduous hardships facing our daily, as well as eternal, existence. As an engineer, I plan to apply my invested knowledge and create systems or processes that will grow the human domain from the confines of one planet to the outreaching boundaries of possibility. I intend to join the industry, where I may inspire and educate those at around the world in hopes they will share my sentiment.




Name: Payton Barnwell
University: Florida Polytechnic University

Sharing my love of STEM and space is something that I try to do on a daily basis, and I am so excited for the opportunity to continue this though the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium ambassador program.  With a major in Mechanical Engineering and a concentration in Nanotechnology, you would not think that I have much free time – and I don’t! What time I do have to myself is spent organizing and executing outreach events, researching through my Florida Space Research Program grant, and working on projects and events for ASTRO at Florida Poly. Although I am always busy, I would not want to spend my time any other way! My current plans for the future include continuing my education to receive a PhD in Bio-nanotechnology, and working to make space a sustainable place to live and explore.




Name: Izabella Maxfield

University: Florida Institute of Technology

One of the amazing things about attending Florida Tech is that I am surrounded by people who are just as excited about space as I am. I can guarantee that any time there is a rocket launch, meteor shower, or other cool space related event, there will be students gathering up their friends to find the best place to watch the event from. And who wouldn’t be excited for these kind of things? Space is the next step in exploration and discovery, and it is so vast that it provides endless opportunities. Space promises a great and fruitful adventure that I cannot ignore. This is one of the reasons that I want to be a Space Grant Ambassador for my school. I want to be able to take the excitement the students already have for space and increase it and I want them to know of the opportunities that await them at NASA and with NASA FSGC.


FSGC_newName: Shayna Hume
University: University of Miami

I believe that in order to pursue scientific progress, we cannot simply chase our own passions—we have to promote those of our peers as well. As the Florida Space Grant Consortium Ambassador for the University of Miami, I would help undergraduate students to find early avenues for their STEM careers. Already, I have experience in both scientific and educational opportunities. Having gone through the OSSI system several times for both internships at Goddard Space and Flight Center and their aeronautics undergraduate scholarships, I would be able to advise students about how best to approach those types of applications. However, even more importantly than promoting such opportunities, I can also teach students how to independently turn their passions into reality.




BrittanyNassauName: Brittany Nassau
University: University of North Florida

I will never forget my fourth grade teacher’s eyes when I told her I wanted to be a “Physicist.” Apparently, when you ask most kids what they want to be when they grow up, you usually get “Ballerina!” or “Fireman!” but not me. No, I was different, and her mouth couldn’t have said it any better than her hopeless eyes did. It was at that moment that I realized how differently her and I saw the world. You see to me, this world was an exciting place full of wonder and opportunity. My imagination ran wild, as I was surrounded by places to explore, oddities to find, and an infinite bound of possibilities waiting to be created. To me, there was no dream too big, no job too absurd. Science quickly became everything to me. Science made me believe that I could do anything, and understand everything.

FSGCshotLindseyName: Lindsey Carboneau
University: Florida Gulf Coast University

After graduation I hope to work with unmanned space missions, continuing my current work and experience with robotics and aerial systems. I also want to continue working with FIRST and SWE to promote STEM education and research, particularly for middle and high school students.

Lindsey Carboneau’s Ambassador Presentation



FrancescaMoreaName: Francesca Morea
University: University of South Florida

Almost every child in one point in their life has said they wanted to be a rocket scientist when they grow up. I never imagined that was a possibility for me to work towards. After going through several hardships while living in California I have realized that truly nothing is impossible. Through hard work, dedication, and resilience, a person can beat the odds and dream big dreams like becoming a rocket scientist someday. There have only been a few instances where I knew as soon as I got out of the car that I had an epiphany; this is where I am meant to be. Walking through the Kennedy Space Center has been one of those few instances.






Abdiel GalindoName: Abdiel A. Santos Galindo
University: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Within its 57 years of existence, NASA has brought many opportunities, improvements and advances in many fields primarily in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). During the year 2011, I had the honor to be part of this elite team during an internship at the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. This two month experience not only gave me a closer look at what this magnificent agency does but, it also allowed me the opportunity of discovering that this is where I would like to profess my career.






FSGC Ambassadors must hold U.S. citizenship to be eligible to request travel funds for various conferences and workshops within the continental U.S. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to attend various conferences, workshops and to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to meet with NASA scientists and engineers. Ambassadors from Florida universities are expected to meet every two months via internet video conference with a FSGC representative to be updated on various NASA opportunities.

To apply for a position, students need to complete the following documents:

  1. A one page essay describing why they want to be an Ambassador and how they would promote NASA opportunities at their university.
  2. A Resume/Curriculum Vitae.

Once materials are completed, students must submit the application materials in PDF format to Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee (

Ideally, the applicant should be enrolled in classes at their university for at least one year from the date of being appointed a NASA FSGC Ambassador.

The NASA FSGC is funded by a training grant from NASA and only US citizens are eligible for direct support from FSGC.  Therefore, the student must be a US citizen if they wish to apply for travel funds.  If the student is not a US citizen, he or she can still be selected as an Ambassador, however, they will not be eligible to apply for travel funds.

Please note that being an Ambassador does not guarantee you travel funds.  Requests for such funds will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by a FSGC representative to see whether the request fits FSGC’s criteria (presenting or not presenting, topic of presentation, nature of conference, time frame, etc.).

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