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NASA SOLAR Program recruiting interns, fellows, scholars

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Internships for Students

Internship SessionsThere are three distinct sessions for internships at NASA Centers, plus a year-long internship:

  • Spring: January through May
  • Summer: May/June through August
  • Fall: September through December
  • Year-Long Opportunities that do not fall within the conventional summer, fall, or spring session timeframes. Typically, these opportunities span multiple sessions

A student may complete an application or update an existing application to re-submit only during the timeframe that applications are being accepted for a specific session. The application acceptance timeframe for each session is as follows:

  • Applications for spring internships are accepted: 6/1/2011 – 10/11/2011
  • Applications for summer internships are accepted: 11/1/2011 – 3/16/2012
  • Applications for fall internships are accepted: 3/17/2012 – 5/31/2012
  • Applications for year-long internships are accepted at anytime

The application deadline for the LERCIP 2012 Summer Project has passed (2/1/2012).  Please visit this site in the fall to find out information / dates for LERCIP 2013.Internship LocationsIn the first phase of OSSI:SOLAR, internships available through OSSI:SOLAR occur at NASA Centers and associated facilities, primarily in office settings and research labs.Internship ProgramsNASA’s internship programs are being phased into OSSI:SOLAR, with the national programs being included in November 2010 and as well as some programs that are unique to a specific NASA Center. Most programs specific to a NASA Center and Mission Directorate programs will be available through OSSI:SOLAR April 2011. Below is a list of internship programs that students will be considered for when they apply through OSSI:SOLAR beginning in November 2010. More detailed information regarding each internship program is available from the Higher Education NASA web site: 

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/postsecondary/programs/index.html

IMPORTANT: Students do not specify a specific internship program when they submit an application. The NASA Education community will determine which internship programs you are eligible for according to the information you provide in your application. Students identify specific opportunities of interest, but not specific internship programs.

National Internship Programs available through OSSI:SOLAR 
Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering and Space Science (ACCESS)
Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST)
NASA Science and Technology Institute for Minority Institutions (NSTI-MI)
NASA Tribal College and University Project (TCUP)
National Space Grant College Program (Space Grant)
Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP)
University Research Centers (URC)
NASA Academies

Ames Research Center Internship Program
NASA/EPA Collaborative Activity

Glenn Research Center Internship Program
Lewis' Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Project (LERCIP) College - The application period for the 2012 Summer Project is closed.

Goddard Space Flight Center Internship Programs available through OSSI:SOLAR 
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
GSFC Graduate Student Summer Program in Earth Science (GSSP)
Independent Verification and Validation Internship (IVV) 
NASA Academy for Goddard only (NASA Academy) 
Science Technology, Engineering Pipeline for Underserved Populations (STEP UP)
Student Intern Program (SIP) 
Summer Institute in Earth Sciences (SIES)
Summer Institute in Engineering and Computer Applications (SIECA) 
Summer Institute in Engineering and Computer Applications - Business (SIECA - Business)

Headquarters Programs available through OSSI:SOLAR 
Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) Internships

Johnson Space Flight Center Internship Programs available through OSSI:SOLAR 
Texas Aerospace Scholars Internship (TAS)
Johnson Space Center 3rd Party 
Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)

Langley Research Center Internship Program
NASA DEVELOP Program

Marshall Space Flight Center Internship Program
Minorities in Science and Engineering, or MISE

National Internship Programs

Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering and Space Science (ACCESS)
ACCESS (Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering, and Space Science) is a 10-week paid internship program at NASA centers around the United States. It is designed for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who have strong backgrounds in science and a desire to pursue technical careers. Students will work with scientists and engineers in an area compatible with their skills and interests.  http://ehrweb.aaas.org/entrypoint/

NASA Science and Technology Institute for Minority Institutions (NSTI-MI)
NSTI-MI is a research opportunity project for faculty and an internship project for undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. minority serving institutions. The purpose of the project is to increase research opportunities in NASA-related research; stimulate cross-disciplinary research; improve the transfer of information, ideas and technology; foster R&D management strategies and expertise; and establish educational frameworks and networks that will continue to expand the nation’s science and technology talent base. The Institute is located at the NASA Research Park at the NASA Ames Research Center, and is jointly managed by NASA and the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation (UNCFSP). http://www.uncfsp.org/nsti

NASA Tribal Colleges and Universities Project (TCUP)
NASA’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Project (TCUP) is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational grant and mentoring internship program that specifically targets tribal colleges and universities. The goal of the project is to expand opportunities for the nation’s STEM workforce through capacity building, infrastructure development, research experience, outreach, and information exchange. There are three primary elements of the project: 1) NASA TCUP “externship” opportunities known as “Research Experiences for Undergraduates” (REUs), which provide NASA expertise and training in climate change research and which consist of an initial 3-week training session for all students held at a tribal college followed by 7 weeks of student project research at the student’s home tribal college campus; 2) A NASA TCUP tribal college engineering internship program opportunity – hosted at Salish Kootenai College - to participate in a NASA flight mission and enhance tribal college engineering training; and 3) The NASA TCUP Summer Research Experience (SRE), which provides an opportunity for summer internships at one of the NASA Centers where the students work as part of a team led by a NASA researcher. (http://stemrc.aihec.org/NASASRE) All three internship opportunities are 10-week summer programs which provide qualified students with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in their NASA-related field of study. 

National Space Grant College Program (Space Grant)
Established under Title II of the NASA Authorization Act in 1988, the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant) is a national network of 52 individual state-based consortia that fund aerospace-related research, education, and public service projects. Space Grant also funds fellowships and scholarships for students pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), as well as curriculum enhancement and faculty development programs. Member colleges and universities also administer pre-college and informal education programs in their states. Space Grant expands opportunities for Americans to understand and participate in NASA's aeronautics and space programs.http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/spacegrant/home/Space_Grant_Consortium_Websites.html  

Student Research Program (USRP)
NASA USRP internship opportunities give students the ultimate workforce preparatory experience for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and is one of the most highly comprehensive internship programs for undergraduate students within the STEM majors. Students work on practical problems that will see real applications in aerospace or on future NASA missions. USRP is an annual internship project that is open to a diverse group of United States Citizens who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors from accredited universities across the United States, Puerto Rico, and beyond. USRP interns are placed in research and development opportunities at 12 NASA Centers during 10-week summer or 15-week fall or spring sessions and are given professional experience working 40 hours a week under the direction of their NASA mentors. As an additional requirement, all USRP interns complete a 10-page Technical Report in AIAA format showcasing their efforts at NASA.http://usrp.usra.edu/

University Research Centers (URC)
The University Research Centers are multi-disciplinary scientific, engineering and/or commercial research centers at host universities from Minority Institutions (MI). URCs provide a broad-based, competitive NASA-related research capability among the Nation's MIs that foster new aerospace science and technology concepts. Designed to expand the Nation's base for aerospace research and development, URCs provide mechanisms for expanded participation by faculty and students of MIs in mainstream research, and increase the number of underrepresented and underserved U.S. students obtaining advanced degrees in NASA-related fields. URCs are collaborative Centers conducted in cooperation with NASA's Mission Directorates and NASA Centers, substantially contributing to NASA's space and aeronautics goals and objectives. URCs are awarded as 5-year Cooperative Agreements selected through a rigorous peer and panel review process. http://www.nasa.gov/education/urc

NASA Academies at: Ames, Goddard, Glenn, Langley, and Marshall
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. The Academy is not a 9-5 summer research internship program. It is a rigorous, immersive experience that will challenge you. It offers participants an intense learning experience that is either space or aeronautics based. All academy students will be immersed in a NASA environment where they will experience the agency from both inside and outside perspectives. Additionally, added interaction with NASA collaborators in industry and academia will provide a unique, exciting and unforgettable summer experience.The Academies have separate focus areas of leadership (NASA Academy):  robotics, aeronautics, space and planetary science, and propulsion.  The Academy opportunities are listed below:

[NOTE: “Leadership” is a common attribute in the Academies, not restricted to the Space Academy]

Space Academies with a broad interdisciplinary focus on Space/Aerospace coupled with science, engineering, technology and commercial ventures.
* 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)

Aeronautics Academies have additional emphasis on Integrated Systems Research, Project Management, and Multi-disciplinary Collaboration.
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Langley Research Center (Hampton, VA)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
* NASA Aeronautics Academy at Dryden Flight Research Center (Edwards AFB, CA)

Robotics Academies
* NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)

Propulsion Academies
* NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)

Planetary Science Academies
* NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy at Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD)

*** APPLICATION PROCESS***
If interested in applying to the Academies, you must first create a profile on the NASA SOLAR website (http://intern.nasa.gov) and then fill in the full academy application at http://www.AcademyApp.com. AcademyApp.com is where students will apply specifically to the NASA Academies at Ames, Goddard, Glenn, Langley, and Marshall with a single application. Before beginning, please read the instructions (updated October 26, 2011)https://www.academyapp.com/instructions.jsp. Then, login or create a new user account.

Ames Research Center Internship Program

NASA/EPA Collaborative Activity
The NASA/Environmental Protection Agency Collaborative Activity is a ten-week summer project that offers undergraduate interns from both agencies the opportunity to enhance their analytical and leadership skills by conducting research on topics of critical importance to both NASA and the EPA. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in environmental protection, and be pursuing a degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) discipline. Interns will work in teams on a specific research project under the guidance of NASA and/or EPA principal investigators. Research topics will focus on the following themes: environment management and decision support; climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies; analysis of environmental indicators; ecosystem-based management and ecosystem services; development of next-generation Green technology.Weekly meetings will alternate between NASA Ames and the EPA¹s region 9 headquarters in San Francisco, and will include site visits to the EPA's regional laboratories and tours of Ames¹ unique facilities. The project culminates with the Summer Higher Education Poster Symposium, where each team will display the results of their research to top NASA and EPA officials. 

Glenn Research Center Internship Program 

Lewis' Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Project (LERCIP) College
LERCIP is a center unique college internship project conducted at the NASA Glenn Research Center. LERCIP is a collaborative undertaking with the NASA Glenn Research Center and the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI). It provides 10-week paid summer internship opportunities for students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); and non-STEM majors that lend support to the NASA mission. Students spend the summer learning and working at the NASA Glenn Research Center facilities under the guidance of a mentor and engage in authentic NASA-related, mission-based R&D and career-related activities. The LERCIP educational component allows students to attend and participate in a variety of planned activities from professional development workshops to presenting at the culminating Student Research Symposium. LERCIP provides hands-on experiences that challenge, inspire, and promote practical application; complementing and expanding upon students’ theoretical education. The internships are offered under the auspices of LERCIP, a collaborative undertaking by the Educational Programs Office at Glenn Research Center (GRC) and the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI). http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/LERCIP_GRC.html

Goddard Space Flight Center Internship Programs

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
The NASA/American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) summer internship provides students with applied work experience opportunities to gain relevant skills and knowledge, promote graduate education, explore career options and prepare for the transition to the workplace. Students who are AISES members are eligible for these opportunities. http://www.aises.org

GSFC Graduate Student Summer Program in Earth Science (GSSP)
GSSP is a career exploration project for graduate students. GSSP provides a unique opportunity to conduct an intensive research project at the world's leading Earth Sciences laboratories at GSFC. The Program engages students in cutting edge Earth Science research. The Program includes tours of NASA satellite construction and testing facilities, mission control for orbiting Earth satellites, exploration of Earth Science data sets using Science on a Sphere, professional development seminars, and an Earth Sciences interdisciplinary lecture series. http://gest.umbc.edu/student_opp/gssp_2009.html

Independent Verification and Validation Internship (IVV)
The NASA/IVV Program is a 10-week summer internship for junior/senior undergraduate and graduate students at the NASA Independent Verification & Validation Facility (Morgantown, West Virginia) The project is for students interested in mission related software development and testing projects. Students are recruited through a joint effort by NASA, IVV and the National Space Grant Consortia.http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Independent_Validation_Verification_Project.html

Science Technology, Engineering Pipeline for Underserved Populations (STEP UP)
STEP-Up is a summer internship program for high school and university students whose primary residence is on the Lower Eastern Shore. The project is a collaborative effort of NASA and the Mid Atlantic Institute for Space Technology (MIST). Students participate in an 8-week summer internship at NASA Wallops Flight Facility, at MIST, or at one of the participating NASA Contractor Facilities.

Student Intern Program (SIP)
SIP is an intensive 10-week summer research program for diverse undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in aerospace-related fields. This project is designed for students whose primary interest is in space-related research. SIP brings students from universities to GSFC to support ongoing research projects that have received NASA funding. http://sip.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Summer Institute in Earth Sciences (SIES)
The Summer Institute in Earth Sciences is a STEM career exploration project for undergraduate students majoring in all areas of the physical sciences. The project provides students the unique opportunity to conduct an intensive research project, both theoretical and experimental in Earth Sciences, with the assistance of a Goddard Earth scientist. The program includes an Earth Science seminar series, NASA tours, and a variety of optional social and professional development events. http://gest.umbc.edu/

Summer Institute in Engineering and Computer Applications (SIECA) and SIECA - Business
SIECA is a summer internship project for undergraduate and early graduate students. The project provides participants with a 10-week hands-on work experience in various space-related scientific and technological fields. Students complete tasks that are consistent with their academic training. These experiences are monitored by technical experts in their areas of interest. http://university.gsfc.nasa.gov/programs/graduate/sieca.html

Headquarters Internship Program

Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) Internships
The Office of International and Interagency Relations (OIIR) offers internships for sophomore/junior/senior undergraduate and graduate students. These internships will provide hands-on experience in international negotiations and collaboration, and will offer real-life examples of how policy, politics, and interagency collaboration impact NASA’s mission. The program offers opportunities to work with scientists and engineers to develop and negotiate cooperative international agreements, assist in preparations for senior level visitors from foreign countries and NASA visits abroad, and gain exposure to congressional hearings related to the intern’s area of responsibility. Any majors may apply, including English, Political Science, International Relations, Public Affairs, and Business Administration.

Johnson Space Flight Center Internship Programs

Texas Aerospace Scholars Internship (TAS)
Texas Aerospace Scholars is an internship project that attracts outstanding students from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds. The program seeks to recruit talented students in academic disciplines relevant to NASA?s mission. To qualify, students must be TAS program alumni, which encompasses former student participants of High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) and Community College Aerospace Scholars (CAS). Qualified applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) degree field. http://www.epo.usra.edu/programs/tas/

Johnson Space Center 3rd Party
Provides "hands-on" career-related work experiences. Students are placed in mentor-directed research positions at Johnson Space Center for summer, spring or fall semesters.

Langley Research Center Internship Program

NASA DEVELOP Program
DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences training and development program. Students and young professionals work on Earth science research projects, are mentored by science advisors from NASA and partner agencies, and share their research results with local communities. DEVELOP research projects demonstrate to community leaders the application and importance of NASA science measurements and predictions in addressing policy issues.Students conduct in-depth literature reviews on satellite capabilities, remote sensing, potential project methodologies, and environmental issues. Each project team is aligned with a science mentor who guides and advises the team during the term, but the research is conducted by the students. At the culmination of the term, each team submits a set list of deliverables including (but not limited to) a technical paper, poster, and PowerPoint presentation.A strong interest in remote sensing, GIS, Earth science, computer science, and environmental science will assist with the student's research, but educational background and experience in these areas is not a requirement. Team members are carefully selected to combine different educational backgrounds and interests, so that students can learn from one another while working together.More information on the DEVELOP Program can be found at: http://develop.larc.nasa.gov. 

Marshall Space Flight Center Internship Program

Minorities in Science and Engineering, or MISE
Minorities In Science and Engineering (MISE) provides a competitive 10- week summer internship to minority students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) who attend Minority Institutions. Minority students with a disability are encourage to apply.

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