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by Yvonne Gibbs, Retired NASA Employee | Photography courtesy of NASA
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 career development program. You will be part of an amazing team with real-world experiences while contributing to the operation of a NASA facility and advancing NASA’s missions.
There are 10 NASA Centers and each features a distinct mission. Each offers training, mentoring and career development through their Pathways Internship Programs and the STEM Internship Engagement Programs. Students work with the best science, engineering, financial, information technology and business minds in the world.
Pathways Internship Program
The Pathways Internship is like a co-op opportunity; current students are provided with paid work experiences and dynamic development opportunities for multiple semesters.
Pathways offers the chance to jump start a NASA career, as it can lead to a path to NASA employment after program completion. Pathways internships are available on www.usajobs.gov
STEM Engagement Internship Program*
STEM Engagement Internships provide students with hands-on, project-based experiences, both stipend-paid and volunteers, that directly relate to students’ academic majors. Interns work on mentor-directed tasks designed to advance projects. Internship opportunities are available for
- high school students
- undergraduate students
- graduate students
*These internships are not listed on www.usajobs.gov.
By working on authentic NASA programs, interns add to the capability, diversity, and size of the nation’s future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce as well as many other professional career disciplines.
- U.S. citizen
- Cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 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 also apply
There are three sessions for NASA internships:
- Fall: Late August/early September, mid-December, 16 weeks
- Spring: Mid-January-early May, 16 weeks
- Summer: Late May/early June, August 10 weeks
A NASA internship makes a brilliant start for career advancement. NASA is consistently named the “Best Place to Work in the Federal Government” by the Partnership for Public Service. Join us!
More information is available at:
- Pathways Internships, www.nasa.gov/careers/students-and-recent-graduates
- STEM Engagement Internships, intern.nasa.gov
Need help contacting NASA about these programs? Email email@example.com for additional information.