Submitted by Yvonne Gibbs
At NASA you can use your creativity and innovation, work, and explore careers — all while still in school.
NASA internship programs provide current students with paid work experience and recent graduates with a dynamic career development program at the beginning of their careers. You will work with leading experts and gain valuable experience as you participate in research and mission projects.
There are 10 NASA centers and each features a distinct mission. All centers offer training, mentoring and career development through their Pathways internship programs and the Office of STEM Engagement internship programs.
And the best part? NASA is looking for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students — as well as many other professional disciplines. NASA’s most frequently hired positions include engineering (aerospace, mechanical, electrical and computer), and physical science, as well as public affairs, business administration, accounting, finance, human resources, legal and information technology.
Pathways is a multisemester experience that offers paid internships that are direct pipelines to full-time employment at NASA upon graduation.
• Be a U.S. citizen.
• Be at least 16 years old.
• Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis in an accredited educational institution and maintain enrollment at least half time as defined by the institution.
• Be pursuing a degree or certificate.
• Currently have and maintain a cumulative 2.9 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
• Be able to complete at least 640 hours of work prior to completing degree/certificate requirements.
• Meet any other requirements described in the announcement, such as specific educational requirements.
• Pathways internships are listed on www.usajobs.gov.
Pathways internships FAQs:
NASA Office of STEM
OSTEM paid internships allow students to contribute to agency projects under the guidance of a NASA mentor.
• One application is viewed agencywide.
• Interns may receive a stipend
based on academic level and session length.
• Prior experience is not required.
• Opportunities are available at
high school, undergraduate, graduate and educator levels.
• U.S. citizen.
• Cumulative 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale).
• Full-time students (high school through graduate)
• 16 years old at the time of application (no exceptions)
• Undergraduate and graduate students must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at an accredited college or university.
• Educators can apply.
There are two, 16-week sessions and one, 10-week session for NASA internships.
OSTEM Engagement internships: