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NASA Academy

Summer 2008
10 Weeks

January  16, 2008
(Additional information)

º U.S. citizen
º Rising junior, senior or early grad level as of May 2008
º B average minimum

Jet Propulsion Lab
Pasadena, CA

June 18 - Aug 22, 2008 JPL opportunities

January 31, 2008
Submit applications to PA Space Grant Office

º U.S. citizen
º Rising juniors, seniors, or entering first-year graduate students
º GPA of 3.0 or better

Hampton, VA

  Summer '08
  Fall '08
  Spring '09
, 2008

  February 1, 2008
  March 7,2008
  October 24,2008
(Additional information)

º U.S. citizen
º Rising full-time juniors, seniors, or entering first-year graduate students
º Pursuing a discipline of interest to NASA
º GPA of 3.0 or better

NASA's Glen Research Center- LERCIP
Cleveland, OH

10 weeks:
   5/19 - 7/25
   6/2 - 8/8
   6/9 - 8/15

January 31, 2008

º U.S. citizen
º Full-time student in STEM discipline
º GPA of 3.0 or better

NASA Education Associates Program - Ames Research Center

This program operates year round and positions may start and end at any time

Year round

º U.S. citizen
º enrollment at a U.S. College or Univ.
º Junior or Senior after Spring 2008
º GPA of 3.0 or better

NASA's Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRA)

  15 week Spring
  10 week Summer
  15 week Fall

Summer - Jan 31, 2009 Fall - Feb 29, 2009

(Additional information)
º U.S. citizen
º Classified as a juniors or SR after Sp '07
º Major in engineering, math, computer science or science
º GPA of 3.0 or better

NASA Marshall Space Grant Research (MSGR)

10 weeks:
   June 2 - August 8

March 1, 2008

º U.S. citizen
º Full-time student
º PSGC nominated

NASA Marshall Space Grant Research (MSGR)

Applications Due:  February 27, 2009

Marshall Space Flight Center is pleased to offer again the Marshall Space Grant Research (MSGR) Internship this summer. This internship provides mentored research experiences to undergraduate and graduate students. Last summer, MSFC hosted 18 MSGR interns, providing them hands-on experiences in various project offices, labs, and test facilities ¬ from Engineering to Safety to Shuttle Propulsion, to Science and Mission Systems.

The start date for summer 2008 is June 2, 2008 which coincides with other internships at Marshall, and will continue for 10 weeks through August 8, 2008. To be considered for the MSGR, students should be enrolled full-time, and must be a U.S. citizen. There is no minimum GPA; however, students must be nominated by their state Space Grant Consortium.

To apply, students must submit a completed application form, a copy of their academic transcript, and a letter of recommendation to the address shown below. The transcript can be unofficial. The application form can be found at the PA Space Grant Consortium web site - Application Form

Submit complete application materials to:
PA Space Grant Consortium
Attn: Higher Education Program Coordinator
2217 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802

NASA Academy (annual)

Applications Due:  January 15, 2009 (5:00 PM EST)

The NASA Academy is an intensive 10-week resident summer research program for diverse undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in aerospace-related fields. Participants will gain a working knowledge of NASA and its programs in an environment that fosters creativity, personal initiative, leadership, teamwork, appreciation of diversity, and professional ethics. In addition to conducting research with a senior scientist or engineer, Academy participants will engage in interactive sessions with leaders in government, industry, and academia, a collaborative group project, lectures, field trips, oral and written presentations and middle & high school mentoring. Academy participants will learn how NASA and its Field Centers operate, understand the NASA link to the private sector, gain experience in world-class laboratories, and build bonds with other future leaders.

Four NASA Centers will host academies in summer 2008: Ames Research Center, Glenn Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, and Marshall Space Flight Center.

This application should be used to apply for any of the following programs:

NASA Academy

GSFC/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Student Internship Program (APL)

NASA Robotics Academy

NASA Summer Aerospace Workforce Development Research Internship Program (SAWDRIP)

NASA Independent Verification & Validation Internship Program (IVV)

Summer Institute of Engineering and Computer Application (SIECA)

NASA Student Internship Program (SIP)


  • US citizenship
  • Junior and senior undergraduate or first- or second-year graduate status
  • High academic standing – Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrated interest in the space program
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities

JPL 2009 Space Grant Internship Program (annual)

Application Deadline: January 31, 2009. Send application materials to PA Space Grant Consortium.

Attached is a list of great opportunities for qualified students to participate in a ten-week summer internship program at JPL for Summer 2009. The program dates are June 18 – August 22, 2008. Engineering and science undergraduate students (rising juniors and seniors) and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

JPL is requesting that the state Space Grant Consortiums provide interested students with a $6K stipend and round-trip travel expenses. JPL will supply full-time mentors for the activities and administrative costs for the program. Resumes will be reviewed and JPL engineers and scientists will make final selections.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA.

Students will be housed on the Caltech campus. Bus transportation from Caltech to JPL will be provided. In addition to technical tasks, students will be able to take part in seminars, social events, and other “enrichment” opportunities offered by JPL and Caltech.

Interested students should complete and submit the application form below along with a resume, official current transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to:

PA Space Grant Consortium
Attn: Higher Education Program Coordinator
2217 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802

Application: 2009 NASA Center Internships

JPL Graduate Student Programs (ongoing)

Deadline: end of January 2009

The goal of NASA's GSRP is to cultivate research ties to the academic community, help to meet the continuing needs of the nation's aeronautics and space effort by increasing the number of highly trained scientists and engineers in aeronautics and space related disciplines, and to broaden the base of students pursuing advanced degrees in science, mathematics, and engineering.

Lewis’ Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Program (LERCIP)

This is an educational program that provides a summer opportunity for students interested in NASA and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Internships of 10-week duration are available during the summer months at the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center (GRC).

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens, a full-time student in the fall of 2009, at least 16 years of age, and pursuing a baccalaureate or higher degree at an accredited college or university throughout the United State or Puerto Rico. College-bond graduating high school seniors or 2-year college students with demonstrable plans to pursue baccalaureate degrees are also eligible. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Internship dates for 2009 are:

  • Session I - May 19 to July 25
  • Session II - June 2 to August 8
  • Session III - June 9 to August 15

Applications can be downloaded at:

Application materials must be received no later than January 31, 2009

Materials Science Research (ongoing)

A collaboration between Lincoln University's Chemistry Department and Penn State's Materials Research Laboratory supports the study of the crystallization mechanism of Aragonite using solutions of organic colloids containing NA2C03 and CaCl2.

The major long-term goal is to establish a material science research laboratory at Lincoln University.

Please contact Dr. S. C. SubbaRao for more information.

Dr. S. C. SubbaRao
Department of Chemistry
Lincoln University
Lincoln University, PA 19352
Tel: (610) 932-1222

MURE: Minority Undergraduate Laboratory Research Experience (annual)

The MURE program began in 1991 at University Park and has offered research experiences in the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Science, Engineering, Health and Human Development, and Science. The MURE program was created to help stem high dropout and major change rates among minority students in science and engineering related fields.

Underrepresented minority undergraduate students (African American, Native American, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic) majoring in the sciences or engineering as well as undeclared majors may apply for the MURE program. Students work in labs in return for credit or wages. Visit the website or contact the MURE Coordinator for more information.

MURE Coordinator
Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium
2217 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
Tel: 814-865-2535

WISER: Women in Science and Engineering Research (annual)

Women In Science and Engineering Research (WISER) provides first-year women students at University Park with research opportunities and mentoring. It was created in 1993 as a means to retain women in the traditionally male-dominated fields of science and engineering, where studies have proven the highest percentages of dropouts occur among women. Visit the WISER website or contact the WISER Coordinator for more information.

WISER Coordinator
Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium
2217 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
Tel: 814-865-2535

Scientific and Engineering Student Internship Program

This is a twelve week paid internship program from June 2, 2009 until August 29, 2009.
Eligibility ranges from high school to graduate school.
The internship includes weekend activities in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.

The SESI Program is administered through Catholic University of America at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. This is an opportunity for future scientists, engineers and computer programmers to gain experience in their field of study. Research activities at NASA/GSFC include: high energy astrophysics, astrochemistry, geophysics, solar and planetary sciences and applied engineering. Students work closely with mentors and are often co-authors on scientific publication. Many have been interns for multiple summers.

Application materials will be accepted beginning December 1, 2008
To obtain more information, visit

Student Space Programs Lab at Penn State (ongoing)

The Student Space Programs Laboratory (SSPL) at the Pennsylvania State University allows undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to design, fabricate, and integrate space systems. The SSPL provides hands-on projects to apply classroom knowledge to real world, interdisciplinary settings. SSPL students experience working through a complete design cycle and must develop a systems engineering mind-set in addition to their component-level experience.

Student Projects:
ESPRIT Sounding Rocket
Flyin' Lions Microgravity Research Team

NASA Cooperative Education Program (Coop) (annual)

NASA Cooperative Education Programs are designed to combine academic studies with on-the-job training and experience and to give students an opportunity to work with NASA while completing their education. Each NASA Field Center manages its own programs. If you are interested in a NASA Coop, you should contact one of the coop representatives listed below to get more information.

Science Coops (including the Colleges of Science, EMS and HHD)
Susan Knell, Director of Coop Ed Program
Tel: 814-865-5000

Engineering Coops
Rick McClintic, Associate Director of Coop Ed Program
Tel: 814-863-1032

NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (annual)

Get involved with some of NASA's most exciting research through the Graduate Student Researchers Program.

Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. Grants of up to $22,000 are awarded for one year and are renewable for a total of three years based on satisfactory academic advancement, research progress, and available fundingApplications are now being accepted for NASA's Graduate Student Researchers Project. Through GSRP, NASA awards fellowships for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in science, mathematics and engineering fields related to NASA research and development.

GSRP supports approximately 300 graduate students annually. Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted as full-time students at an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 1, 2008. For more information, visit:

General Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time graduate student in an accredited U.S. college or university.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Students may apply at any time during their graduate program, or prior to receiving their baccalaureate degree, provided they have been accepted to an accredited graduate program at a U.S. college or university.

All applicants must have a Faculty Research Adviser (who will be the Principal Investigator of the GSRP Training Grant) from the institution where they plan to receive their graduate degree.

Graduating seniors accepted by a graduate school must contact their graduate school department and request an adviser to support the NASA research funded under the GSRP.

Summer Undergraduate Internship in Planetary Science (annual)

Applications due: January 2009. For more information, visit the website or contact Jodi Jordon at 281-486-2180.

Every year, the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) offers selected undergraduates an opportunity to participate actively in lunar and planetary research with scientists at LPI and the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). The purpose of this program is to expose undergraduate students in planetary and terrestrial studies to an actual research environment in order to help them examine and focus their career goals and to encourage their development as planetary scientists. Students receive a stipend plus a travel allowance.

Summer Space Policy Internship

The Space Studies Board (SSB) of the National Academies supports an intern program for undergraduate students every summer. The general goal of the internship is to provide a promising undergraduate with an opportunity to work in the area of civil space research policy in the Nation's Capital, under the aegis of the National Academies. The successful candidate will have completed his/her junior year, majoring in physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, or geology (other areas considered on a case-by-case basis), and should have long-term career goals in research, applications, or policy in one of these areas. Good written and verbal communications skills and a good knowledge base in his/her particular area of study are required. Candidates should be capable of responding to general guidance and working independently. Familiarity with the internet is essential; familiarity with Microsoft Word and HTML is highly desirable but not essential.

Summer Undergraduate Research Assistantships in Observational Astronomy (Summer 2008)

The application deadline is February 2009.

During Summer 2009, the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University is offering undergraduate research assistantships in observational astronomy. Students will work directly with members of the Cornell Faculty and research staff on projects covering a wide range of disciplines in radio, infrared, and radar astronomy, and related theoretical topics. Students will receive a stipend and travel/housing allowance.

The project is supported by the National Science Foundation. For more information, check the website or contact Elizabeth Humbert at 607-255-2710.

Tech-Interns.Com Website Sponsored by NASA (ongoing)

NASA has partnered with ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) to provide an easily accessible and searchable website for locating science and engineering internships. You can search by discipline, state and/or company. An interactive message board allows you to post questions and announcements.

Applications Available for Space Telescope Science Institute Summer Student Program

The Space Telescope Science Institute has announced its Summer Student Program for college undergraduates. The program will run 10 weeks from June through August 2009. STScI is located in Baltimore, Md., on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University.

The Summer Student Program is centered upon one-on-one student interaction with a scientist working at the Institute. The diverse range of scientific interests includes the study of Earth’s solar system, interacting binary stars, quasars at the edge of the universe and the quest for intelligent life elsewhere. The goal is to place students in a true research environment where students will participate directly in research, including data acquisition, reduction and interpretation. At the end of the program, students will present their summer's work at an informal symposium of their peers and mentors.

The Summer Student Program is oriented toward upper-division college undergraduates, typically students between their junior and senior years. Most participants are physics or astronomy students, but applications are welcome from anyone with enough interest and experience in science who wants to take part in a research experience. Foreign students are welcome to apply. Applications are due Feb. 20, 2008.

For more information, including answers to frequently asked questions, visit Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to

NASA Faculty Fellowship Program (annual)

Research Fellowships are awarded to qualified engineering and science faculty members and some non-science disciplines for specific projects, for summer research in a NASA-university cooperative program. Fellows conduct projects of mutual interest to the fellow and NASA center. Each fellow works with a center colleague and will be associated directly with the aeronautics and space program and the concomitant basic research problems. Special courses, seminars, workshops, and lectures are included in each cooperative program. Fellows may be invited to reapply for a second summer.

For more information, visit Application deadlines have not yet been determined for summer 2009.

National Research Council's Research Associate Programs (tri-annual)

The NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate Programs is affiliated with thirty federal laboratories and NASA Research Centers at over one hundred locations in the United States and overseas. Awards are made to doctorate level scientists and engineers who can bring their special knowledge and research talents to work in research areas of interest to them, to the host laboratories, and to the Research Centers. Awards are made to Postdoctoral Associates (within 5 years of the doctorate) and Senior Associates (beyond 5 years from the doctorate). Each awardee works in collaboration with a Research Adviser, who is a staff member of the laboratory. There are three reviews each year - February, June and October.

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