NASA Center Internships

MSSGC - 2013 NASA Internships

NASA has decided to consolidate the way it accepts NASA Internship Applications. They have deployed a "one-stop shopping" system for the recruitment, application and selection for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematic disciplines). This system is called SOLAR (Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars). It will allow students to submit themselves into an "applicant pool" and show their interest in up to 15 opportunities.

Currently, only 1/2 of the opportunities are posted on SOLAR, but with hopes that by the summer of 2012, all of the internship opportunities will be migrated to SOLAR. In the meantime, if students are interested in the other 1/2 that are not on SOLAR such as the various NASA Academies, then they will have to apply via the AcademyApp.com site.

Academy App Descriptions PDF (.pdf)

The Academy App website serves the:

  • NASA Academy at Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
  • NASA Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
  • NASA Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
  • NASA Aeronautics Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
  • NASA Aeronautics Academy at Langley Research Center (Hampton, VA)
  • NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy at Goddard Space Flight (Greenbelt, MD)
  • NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
  • NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)


Below are relevant Academy App deadlines:

  •      Dec 1 – Application Launched
  •     Jan 23 – Application Deadline
  •     Jan 21 – Space Grant Review Begins
  •     Jan 27 – Space Grant Review Complete
  •     Late February – Selections Complete


The Mississippi Space Grant Consortium will utilize both the SOLAR and Academy App systems to identify Mississippi students who we are interested in supporting during the summer of 2012. Last summer, the MSSGC supported a total of 25 summer interns at NASA centers and Industrial Partners throughout the entire state.

NASA Academy Program Descriptions 2012

NASA Academy at ARC, GRC, and MSFC

Websites:
Ames: http://academy.arc.nasa.gov
Glenn: http://academy.grc.nasa.gov
Marshall: http://academy.msfc.nasa.gov

Description: The Academies are intensive educational programs emphasizing group activities,
teamwork, research, and creativity. The curriculum balances direct contact with science
and engineering R & D with an awareness of the managerial, political, financial, social and
human issues faced by aerospace professionals. Included are seminars, informal
discussions, evening lectures, supervised research, visits to other NASA Centers and
facilities, group project/s, tours, posters/presentations, and assessment. Additionally,
most weekends are filled with group activities, team building and off-site trips. One free
weekend is scheduled.
Eligibility:
GPA 3.2 minimum, U.S. citizenship, U.S. permanent residency, or citizen of participating
country. Junior or senior undergraduate or first or second year graduate. High academic
standing and a demonstrated interest in the space program
Min Level: Undergraduate - Junior
Max Level: Graduate - Second Year
Duration:
10 weeks
Dates:
June through August
Locations:
Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
Apply at: http://www.academyapp.com Ames, Glenn, and Marshall

NASA Aeronautics Academy at ARC, DFRC, GRC, LRC

Websites:
http://university.gsfc.nasa.gov/programs/graduate/nlpsa.html
http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/academy

Description:
The NASA Aeronautics Academy offers an immersive, integrated, multi-disciplinary
opportunity for students with career aspirations in the national aeronautics enterprise.
The academy will help prepare aspiring young professionals for employment in
aeronautics by providing opportunities for direct science and engineering experience with
an awareness of the complex managerial, political, financial, social, and human issues faced
by current and future aerospace programs. The Aeronautics Academy Research
Associates will receive training in integrated systems research, project management,
leadership, teamwork and multi-disciplinary collaboration. Participants must be enrolled in
Aeronautical, Aerospace Engineering or other related engineering discipline. Research
Associates will work as a team on a multi-faceted problem as guided by professional
scientists and engineers. In addition to students' exposure to NASA, they will also gain
broader exposure to aeronautics through planned visits to industry and other national
laboratories.
Eligibility:
GPA 3.2 minimum, U.S. citizenship. Junior or senior undergraduate or first or second
year graduate; high academic standing, two reference letters from faculty associated with
applicant’s academic major, and a demonstrated interest in Aeronautics as a career.
Min Level: Undergraduate – Rising Senior
Max Level: Graduate - Second Year
Duration:
10 weeks
Dates:
June through August
Locations:
Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
Dryden Flight Research Center (Edwards, CA)
Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
Langley Center (Hampton, VA)
Apply at: http://www.academyapp.com

NASA Lunar and Planetary Science at Goddard Space Flight Center

Website:
http://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/690/LPSA

Description:
The NASA Lunar Planetary Science Academy is a 10-week resident summer internship
for students specifically interested in lunar and planetary science. The emphasis is on
hands-on activities related to lunar and planetary science mission design and operation,
instrument development, and data acquisition and analysis in a team environment.
Students who have demonstrated experience in the relevant areas are given priority.
Participants are assigned to a team project sponsored by mentors at NASA/GSFC, local
industry, or academic institution. In addition to direct guidance from the Principal
Investigator (PI) who sponsored the project, an advanced science/engineering student is
assigned as team lead to guide interns and manage the project on a daily basis. The
interns and team leads participate in enriching activities such as field work at a planetary
analogue site, a group project, lectures, and meetings with leaders in the field. Students
with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation services. A blog of 2010's
students activities is available at: http://lpsadeathvalleyexcursion.blogspot.com.
Eligibility:
GPA 3.3 minimum on a 4.0 scale, with experience in lunar and planetary science research;
US citizen.
Research Associates:
Rising undergraduate freshman, sophomores, juniors, or seniors in
astrophysics, physics, or engineering;
Team Leads:
Undergraduate seniors or graduate students with a strong background in
planetary science and/or engineering.
Min Level:
Undergraduate - Freshman
Max Level:
Graduate - Second Year
Duration:
10 weeks
Dates:
June through August
Location:
Goddard Space Flight (Greenbelt, MD)
Apply at:
http://www.academyapp.com

NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center

Website:
http://propulsion.msfc.nasa.gov

Description:
The NASA Propulsion Academy, at the Marshall Space Flight Center, is a 10-week,
residential summer research and educational experience for high achieving sophomores,
juniors, seniors and graduate students interested in propulsion. The emphasis is on
preparing young professionals for employment in aerospace positions. Propulsion is the
critical element in NASA's exploration program. We are utilizing new propulsion
systems as a training ground for university students who are interested in careers in this
exciting field. Research Associates (interns) will work in teams of four, guided by
propulsion engineers at Marshall, local commercial entities and local universities. Each
team is composed of a "team lead" and three research associates. The team lead is an
advanced undergraduate or graduate student with a curricular background in courses
relevant to propulsion. The research associates are sophomores, juniors and seniors who
aspire to becoming graduate propulsion engineers. Site visits, tours and lectures will
demonstrate the various opportunities for employment in the space propulsion field.
These visits will expose the research associates to state-of-the-art propulsion
development. Tours of local facilities and lectures by experts in propulsion will provide
one-on-one interaction with practicing propulsion engineers.
Eligibility:
The participants in the Marshall NASA Propulsion Academy are selected based on the
following criteria: US citizenship,
Research Associates:
Rising college sophomores, juniors, or seniors;
Team Leads:
Junior and senior undergraduates or graduate students with a curricular
background in propulsion; High academic standing (GPA 3.2 or higher); Demonstrated
prior involvement in propulsion
Min Level:
Undergraduate - Sophomore
Max Level: Graduate - Second Year
Duration:
10 weeks
Dates:
June through August
Location:
Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
Apply at:
http://www.academyapp.com

NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center

Website:
http://robotics.msfc.nasa.gov

Description:
The NASA Robotics Internship Program is a 10-week resident summer internship for
students specifically interested in robotics. Students are given priority who have
previously participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition or, Botball, or who have
taken active interest in robotics in demonstrable ways. Participants are assigned to a
team project sponsored by NASA/MSFC, local industry, or academic institution. Two to
three students are assigned per project. In addition to direct guidance from the Principal
Investigator who sponsored the project, an advanced robotic student is assigned as team
lead to guide interns and manage the project on a daily basis. The interns and team leads
participate in enriching activities such as a group project, lectures, field trips, and
meetings with leaders in the field of robotics. Students with disabilities are provided
reasonable accommodation services.
Eligibility:
GPA 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, with experience in robotics; US citizen,
Research Associates: Rising undergraduate sophomores, juniors, or seniors;
Team Leads: Rising undergraduate juniors, seniors or graduate students with a curricular
background in robotics.
Min Level:
Undergraduate - Sophomore
Max Level:
Graduate - Second Year
Duration:
10 weeks
Dates:
June through August
Location:
Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
Apply at:
http://www.academyapp.com

For more information about any of the above opportunities please contact:

Margaret Schaff
308 Vardaman Hall
PO Box 1848
University
MS 38677
Phone: (662) 915-1187
Fax: (662) 915-3927