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“Every day you are a part of a bigger mission, a bigger plan, something that you never thought you would be capable of achieving.” – Isabella (intern), Ames Research Center

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NASA internships and fellowships leverage NASA’s unique missions and programs to enhance and increase the capability, diversity and size of the nation’s future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Internships are available from high school to graduate level. Internships provide students with the opportunity to participate in either research or other experiential learning, under the guidance of a mentor at NASA.

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Top Five Things to Know About NASA Internships

Nasa interns contribute to NASA missions!

Interns are integrated in NASA teams and assigned to authentic projects.

Prior experience is not required!

Although prior experience can be valuable and may be preferred for some projects, it is not a requirement for NASA internships.

Most interns receive a stipend award!

The stipend award amount is based on student's academic level and the length of internship.

NASA intern projects are available in three sessions.

Interns are selected and placed in projects for fall, spring and summer sessions at any NASA location.

One application can be viewed agencywide.

Students complete one application that is viewed by mentors agencywide.

AMES Research Center

Mountain View, California

Vandenberg Air Force Base

Lompoc, California

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Pasadena, California

Armstrong Flight Research Center

Edwards Air Force Base, California

White Sands Test Facility

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Johnson Space Center

Houston, Texas

Michoud Assembly Facility

New Orleans, Louisiana

Stennis Space Center

Hancock County, Mississippi

Marshall Space Flight Center

Huntsville, Alabama

Kennedy Space Center

Merritt Island, Florida

NASA IV&V Program

Fairmont, West Virginia

Langley Research Center

Hampton, Virginia

Wallops Flight Facility

Wallops Island, Virginia

NASA Headquarters

Washington, D.C.

Goddard Space Flight Center

Greenbelt, Maryland

Goddard Institute for Space Studies

New York City, New York

Glenn Research Center

Cleveland, Ohio

Plum Brook Station

Sandusky, Ohio

NASA Shared Services Center

Hancock County, Mississippi

NASA Locations

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Nearly 18,000 of the nation's top scientists, engineers and business professionals work across the United States at our 10 center locations, our Shared Services Center, or one of our smaller test and research facilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the internships paid?

The majority of interns received a stipend award, but there are some volunteer opportunities noted in project descriptions.

Is housing my responsibility if I receive an internship?

Interns are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. This includes locating their own housing options and paying for their housing. Centers may be able to offer minimal assistance by providing a list of local available housing and/or establishing a private social media group for interns to utilize for relocation planning purposes.

What are the eligibility requirements?

U.S. Citizen
Cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
Full-time students (high school through graduate)
Enrollment in a degree granting institution
16 years of age at the time of application (no exceptions)

When do internships take place?

There are three sessions:
Start Date-End Date Total Duration
Fall: Late August/early September, mid-December, 16 weeks
Spring: Mid-January-early May, 16 weeks
Summer: Late May/early June, August 10 weeks

I am trying to create an account as a new user but I am not receiving the email link.

Servers sometimes block emails due to security reasons. Try using a different email address or ask your University IT department to whitelist the email address coming from NASAforce.com.

The "Forgot My Password" link is not sending me the email to reset my password.

All applicants must first register as a "New User" (regardless if you had an account in the legacy OSSI system). If you are a returning user and the "Forgot My Password" link is not sending you the email, email nasa-internships@mail.nasa.gov to request a password reset.

Can international students apply?

All applicants must be U.S. citizens in order to apply for an internship. More information about opportunities for international students can be found at www.nasa.gov/stem/international-internships-for-students.html

What is the minimum age for applicants completing an application?

Applicants must be 16 years old at the time they submit the application. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions at this time.

I have completed my undergraduate degree and am transitioning to graduate school. Am I eligible during this gap period?

If you have completed your undergraduate degree and are enrolled in graduate school the following semester, you are eligible for an internship during the gap period.

How do I know my application was received?

Once your application has been completed (indicated by green checkmarks), you can go to the section called "Submission Status." Certify your application by clicking the green checkbox and clicking submit. You will then see a message that says "Thank you for your submission!" Please do not call the center to confirm that they have received your application.

I have requested several letters of recommendation. Do I need to wait for all of them to show as received before submitting?

Only one letter of recommendation is required. You may submit after receiving one. Recommendation letters received post submission will be visible in your application upon receipt.

What can I do if my recommender is not receiving the letter of recommendation link?

We are currently experiencing a technical issue with some recommenders not receiving the link. Have your recommender check the spam or junk mail folder for the email. If they still did not receive it, send the request again, but use the following instructions:

  • Enter your recommender's name, but enter nasa-internships@mail.nasa.gov in the email address.
  • Ask your recommender to mail the attachment to the same email address.

* When we receive the recommendation letter, it will be uploaded manually to your application. Please do not use this workaround unless your recommender does not receive the link.

Can I delete a recommender?

We cannot delete recommenders at this time. You may request as many letters as you like, but only one letter is needed in order to submit your application.

I have received the letter of recommendation, but the section is showing it is still incomplete.

Go to the Letters of Recommendation section of your application and click "Save and Continue" to mark the section as complete.

Can I view my letter(s) of recommendation after they are submitted?

No, letters of recommendation are confidential.

How can I check the status of my application?

The system will notify you via email if you receive an offer. You may also log into your application and go to "View My Offers" to view pending offers. Please refrain from emailing the help desk or contacting a NASA center about your application status. You will be contacted if you are considered for a project.

How can I enter my undergraduate education information?

If the system is only showing you input your high school information, you selected you were a high school student. Click the "back" button at the top of the white screen (not in the browser). This will allow you to select that you are a "College Student" and allow you to input your college information.

When will I hear if I am selected?

Selections may occur any time after you submit your application.. You will be contacted if you are considered for a project.

Are selections made for every project?

Selections are contingent upon many factors, so some projects may remain unfilled.

What kind of projects are available?

Projects vary at every center each session. Once you complete an application, you will be able to view the available projects for the specified session. You can use filters to locate specific projects that meet your desired geographic location and skill sets.

Do I have to apply to a project?

You do not have to apply to a specific project; however, doing so increases your chances of the mentor reviewing your application.

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