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Being an astronaut isn’t the only cool thing about space. Interns use their creativity and innovation to work on projects impacting NASA’s mission, such as returning to the Moon by 2024. As a NASA intern, you will be part of an amazing team that is dedicated to space exploration. You will work with leading experts and gain valuable experience as you participate in research and mission projects. Come dream with us and change the future.
At NASA, you have the opportunity to work and explore careers while still in school. The Pathways Program provides current students with paid work experience and recent graduates with a dynamic career development program at the beginning of their careers. Are you ready to explore the extraordinary every day?
Interested in becoming a NASA Fellow. The 2019 NASA Fellowship Activity is seeking research or senior
design projects and proposals that are independently conceived and pose significant contributions to
a NASA Research Opportunity. The fellowship is designed to support NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement’s
mission and offers academic instituions the ability to enhance graduate learning and development.
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The NASA International Internships Project offers university students from participating countries competitive
internship opportunities at a NASA field center. During the internship, students work with U.S. and other foreign
interns under the guidance of NASA mentors. Internship sessions are typically offered three times per year
(spring, summer and autumn).
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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
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Armstrong Flight Research Center
Edwards Air Force Base, California
White Sands Test Facility
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Johnson Space Center
Michoud Assembly Facility
New Orleans, Louisiana
Stennis Space Center
Hancock County, Mississippi
Marshall Space Flight Center
Kennedy Space Center
Merritt Island, Florida
NASA IV&V Program
Fairmont, West Virginia
Langley Research Center
Wallops Flight Facility
Wallops Island, Virginia
Goddard Space Flight Center
Goddard Institute for Space Studies
New York City, New York
Glenn Research Center
Plum Brook Station
NASA Shared Services Center
Hancock County, Mississippi
Meet Astronaut Graduate: Loral O’Hara
With an avid interest in STEM, Loral O’Hara from Sugar Land, Texas, was one of those students with her sights on the stars. Now, she’s one of the 13 astronaut candidates set to walk across the stage and join NASA’s prestigious active astronaut corps.
No Computer, No Problem
For Mira Hiser becoming a female engineer seemed virtually impossible. Until age 14, she didn't even have a computer. But once she left the Ukraine to study in the U.S., her dedication and determination established a path she would have never dreamed possible.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.