NASA Summer 2019 Internships Info

When can students start applying?
Right now!

What is the deadline for students to submit applications?
April 1, 2019

Do Students have to fill out a completely new application in Salesforce, or can they port it over?
Yes, students must complete a new application
 
What is the link to Salesforce? 
Intern.nasa.gov
 
Do you know the starting and ending dates for high school and college/graduate students? 

  • High School: June 24, 2019 – August 2, 2019
  • College: June 3, 2019 – August 9, 2019

 
Do you know the summer stipend amounts for high school college, and graduate students? 

  • High School (6 weeks): $2400
  • College Undergrad (10 weeks): $7300
  • College GRAD (10 weeks): $9000

Will students still have five calendar days to either accept or reject the offer through their Salesforce account; will the offer still automatically expire after five calendar days?
yes
 
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Frequently Asked Questions

 
1. WHERE DO I APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP?
You can apply at: www.intern.nasa.gov
 
2. WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS?
For more information on fellowships and scholarships visit:
science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/fellowship-programs

3. WHEN ARE THE INTERNSHIP SESSION DATES?
(Session dates may differ per agreement with mentor and approval through Program Manager)

  • Spring 2019 (college): 01/07/2019 – 04/26/19
  • Summer 2019 (college): 06/03/2019 – 08/09/2019
  • Summer 2019 (high school): 06/24/2019 – 08/02/2019
  • Fall 2019 (college): 08/26/2019 – 12/13/2019

 
4. HOW MUCH WILL I BE PAID?

  • Fall/Spring Internship – 16 Weeks
  • Undergraduates: $11,680
  • Graduates: $14,400
  • Summer Internship – 10 Weeks
  • Undergraduates: $7,300
  • Graduates: $9,000

5. WHAT ARE THE APPLICANT CRITERIA?

  • GPA – 3.0 at the time of application
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Will be required to show proof of US
  • citizenship if selected for an internship.

  • Accepted to or enrolled full-time in an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • 16 years of age or older by the date that the internship begins.
  • Letter of recommendation to be submitted on your application to intern.nasa.gov.

6. I AM ABOUT TO GRADUATE COLLEGE; CAN I STILL APPLY?
Yes, you can be considered for an internship for one session within six months of graduation. However, you will be considered as an undergraduate intern.

7. HOW MANY NASA INTERNSHIPS MAY I PARTICIPATE IN?
An intern may apply and obtain up to three consecutive full-time internships or six part-time internships as long as she/he meets the eligibility requirements. However, the internship selection process is very competitive and interns arenever guaranteed an internship based on a prior NASA internship. After taking a session off after up to three consecutives full-time or six consecutive part-time internship sessions, an intern is eligible for consideration for other internship opportunities.

8. WILL THIS INTERNSHIP LEAD TO AN OPPORTUNITY IN THE PATHWAYS PROGRAM?
NASA Internships are opportunities available for one single session and are short-term opportunities designed to advance projects to the next level and provide valuable work experience to the student. Pathways is separate from NIFS. Pathways information is available at nasajobs.nasa.gov/studentopps/default.htm

9. IS HOUSING PROVIDED FOR INTERNS?
Interns must provide for their own housing and relocation expenses. Upon acceptance, interns may be forwarded a Housing Guide that may be helpful in identifying housing options in the area.

10. WHAT KIND OF MAJORS DOES NASA LOOK FOR?
Primarily we look for STEM Majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Additionally, some projects will call for Communications, Public Affairs, Journalism, Graphics, Business and Finance.

11. WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS DOES NASA HAVE?
Project needs change each session according to the organization’s needs. Some skills that NASA routinely needs are (list is not exhaustive).

  • Programming: C++, JAVA, HTML
  • CAD, PRO-E, Matlab, 3D Modeling
  • Networking
  • Machine Shop, fabricating, design, prototyping
  • 3D printing
  • Social Media
  • Technical Writing
  • Database Administration
  • Heliophysics
  • Earth Science
  • Solar System
  • Astrophysics

12. DO I HAVE TO APPLY TO A SPECIFIC PROJECT
No, you do not have to apply to a specific project. By submitting your application, you are in the general applicant pool. However, the visibility (and selection odds) of your application is increased by applying to a specific project. We look at candidates that have applied to a specific project before looking in the larger, general applicant pool. Be sure if you apply to a specific project, you have the skills they are asking for.
 
You can apply to 15 projects per session.
 
13. HOW CAN I MAKE MY APPLICATION STAND OUT?
We are not able to review every application in the general applicant pool. Think “filters,” using key words may boost the chances of your application being viewed by a mentor. Remember the projects are usually specific. If you are a mechanical engineering major, do not just say you have lab experience. Specify your experience with equipment, testing and analyses that you performed in a lab.
 
Important sections of your application are:
 

  • Computer Skills – Be thorough, as this is what filters will catch. Avoid exhaustive paragraphs.
  • Special Skills – List any skill you are proficient in that you feel may be helpful (social media, foreign languages, machine shop, graphic artist, acoustical analysis, heat transfer, gas spectroscopy, chromatography, anthropometry, technical writing, photography, etc.). List anything that will separate you from other candidates. Use key words.
  • How your interests fit with a NASA opportunity – State how you can advance this project to the next level. What is it about you that distinguishes your skills from others that inspires NASA to select you? Be concise. Describe your experiences and how your skill set will benefit NASA now and in the future.
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    14. IF I AM PURSUING MY MASTER’S OR DOCTORATE DEGREE, MAY I STILL APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP?
    Yes, so long as you meet the eligibility requirements you can apply for an internship opportunity.
     
    15. HOW WILL FULL-TIME FALL/SPRING INTERNSHIP SESSIONS AFFECT MY FULL-TIME SCHOOL SCHEDULE?
    Students are responsible for finding a sensible solution to balance the needs of their internship opportunities and academic plans after receiving an offer to join the internship program at NASA. It is common for students to enroll in a lighter school load during their internship session, take online classes through their institution, or defer for one semester in order to participate. The student should inform their mentor of any academic plans during their internship at NASA.
     
    16. WHAT IS THE INTERVIEW PROCESS LIKE?
    While interviews are not a required component of the internship application and review process, some NASA centers may choose to conduct face-to-face or phone interviews. In this case, you will be contacted directly by the mentor via email or phone. There is no timeline for this action.
     
    Be prepared for phone contact from NASA. If you are using a home phone accessible by other family members, let them know you have applied to the NASA internship program. Be prepared to explain why you are the best candidate to fill the opportunity by knowing how your unique skills align with the project.

    17. DO I NEED PRIOR RESEARCH EXPERIENCE TO GET AN INTERNSHIP WITH NASA?
    No, not necessarily. All applicants are evaluated on merit, skills and the relevant experience to the specific opportunities. Answering the essay questions thoroughly is very important, as comprehensive responses enable the mentors and internship program coordinators to differentiate applicants whose passion and skill suit the opportunity best.
     
    18. DO I NEED A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION?
    Yes, applicants must submit at least one letter of recommendation however, 2-3 letters are common. Your letter(s) of recommendation can weigh a great amount in the final decision. Assure that your recommender is someone who can speak highly of your skills, work ethic and leadership.
     
    19. I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, WHAT OPPORTUNITIES AT NASA ARE AVAILABLE TO ME?
     
    You can search for opportunities here:
    www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/international-internships-for-students.html
     
    20. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY APPLICATION IS BEING CONSIDERED, I HAVE APPLIED BUT HAVE NOT HEARD BACK?
    There is no formal notification process in place to alert students of their application status. However, you may check the status of your application at intern.nasa.gov. If you are selected to be part of the Internship Program, you will be contacted with an offer letter from the Program Manager at your designated NASA center. There is no concrete timeline for this process.
     
    21. HOW LONG AFTER YOU SUBMIT AN APPLICATION DOES IT TAKE TO HEAR IF YOU RECEIVED THE INTERNSHIP?
    This will vary greatly by the center, the session and the internship project. Submit your applications as soon as possible, it is common for applications to be reviewed and sometimes, for selections to be made even before the application deadline. Typically, students will hear by one month prior to the start of the internship session if they are selected to participate in an internship.
     
    22. I HAVE A SPECIFIC QUESTION ABOUT THE NASA INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM AT GODDARD, WHO CAN I ASK?
    You can send an email to: gsfc-education@mail.nasa.gov We will respond within 48 hours.
     
    23. I AM NOT SURE HOW TO NAVIGATE THE APPLICATION SYSTEM. IS THERE A TUTORIAL?
    Yes! We have a video that can walk you through the new system. You can view the tutorial on Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgFPngfSz10
     
    Go with Goddard.  Grow @ Goddard.
     
    NASA Internships @ Goddard Space Flight Center
     
    Goddard Space Flight Center Campuses:

       

    • Greenbelt Campus, MD (GB) (30 minutes from Washington, DC, Baltimore and Annapolis, MD)
    • Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), Wallops Island, VA (3 hours from Greenbelt Campus)
    • Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V), Fairmont, WV (3.5 hours from Greenbelt Campus)
    • Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS), New York, NY (20 minutes from Times Square, NY)
    • White Sands Complex (WSC), White Sands, NM (1 hour from Holloman AFB)
      Goddard has internships for high school through doctoral students in STEM fields.
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    Apply at: intern.nasa.gov
     
    Go with Goddard. Grow @ Goddard.

    Goddard Space Flight Center conducts innovative and exciting work in earth science, heliophysics, astrophysics, planetary science, engineering, communications and technology development across five campuses.
     
    intern.nasa.gov

    ENGINEERING

       

    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Detector Systems
    • Environmental/Electronics Engineering
    • Instrumentation Engineering
    • Materials Engineering
    • Composites Applications
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Microelectronics & Signal Processing
    • Optical Engineering
    • Robotics
    • Thermal Engineering
    • Math
    • Computer Science
    • Physics
    • Software Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
    • Propulsion Engineering
    • Microwave Engineering
    • Fiber Optics
    • Navigation
    • Trajectory Analysis
    • Guidance Navigation Design and Control Systems
    • Sensor Actuator Design and Development

     

    TECHNOLOGY

  • Airborne Science Research
  • Balloons & Sounding Rockets
  • Computer Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data / Information Visualization
  • Data Systems Technology
  • Earth & Space Data Computing
  • High Performance Computing
  •  
    COMMUNICATIONS

  • Lasers
  • Photonics
  • Field Programmable Gate Arrays
  • Small Satellite
  • Information Technology
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Computer Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Engineering/Design
  • ADMINISTRATIVE

  • Accounting
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Human Capital
  • Legal
  • Procurement
  • Discipline choices in OSSI: NIFS
  • Specific areas of research at Goddard
  • SCIENCE

  • Astrophysics
  • X-ray Astrophysics
  • Astroparticle Physics
  • Gravitational Astrophysics
  • Cosmology
  • Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics
  •  
    Earth Sciences

  • Climate & Radiation
  • Atmospheric Physics & Chemistry
  • Cryospheric Sciences
  • Hydrospheric Sciences
  • Biospheric Sciences
  • Ocean Ecology
  • Atmospheric Mesoscale Processes
  • Earth Geodesy and Geophysics
  •  
    Heliophysics

  • Solar Physics
  • Geospace Physics
  • Space Weather
  • Heliospheric Physics
  •  
    Cross-Disciplinary

  • Astrobiology
  • Exoplanets
  • Atmospheric science (Earth, planets, other bodies)
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    MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS

  • Applied Math
  • General Math
  • Applied Physics
  • Goddard Space Flight Center Contacts:
     
    raquel.h.marshall@nasa.gov(GB)
    matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov (GISS)
    patricia.a.benner@nasa.gov (WFF)
    jesse.e.white@nasa.gov (IV&V)

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