NASA Internships

NASA internships are competitive awards to support educational opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as educators. These opportunities serve students by integrating interns with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed , degree-related tasks, while contributing to the operation of a NASA facility or the advancement of NASA’s missions.

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NASA Academy

The NASA Academy is a unique summer experience at the university level for developing future leaders of the U. S. Space Program. The program is an intensive, resident, 10-week summer experience (June through August) with laboratory research work, a group project, lectures, meetings with experts and administrators, visits to NASA Centers and space-related industries, technical writing, and presentations. Students discover how NASA and its Centers operate, gain experience in world-class laboratories, participate in a team environment and build professional bonds. Upon graduation, Academy participants are inducted into the NASA Academy Alumni Association (NAAA) whose goal is to promote NASA, the NASA Academy, research, and space education. The NASA Academy is co-sponsored by the participating NASA Centers and the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.


Space Academies – Provide students with a broad interdisciplinary focus on Space/Aerospace coupled with science, engineering, technology and commercial ventures. The following NASA Centers are locations with Space Academies:

  • 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 – Provide students with additional emphasis on Integrated Systems Research, Project Management, and Multi-disciplinary Collaboration. The following NASA Centers are locations with Aeronautics Academies:

  • 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 Armstrong 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)

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Lewis Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Program (LERCIP)
The Lewis Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Program (LERCIP) provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work on collaborative research projects with NASA scientists, engineers, and visiting summer faculty.

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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
Summer Internship Program

Since 2004, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has offered summer projects to students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities at APL. Students participating in the NASA/APL Internship Program will work at APL, and will make critical contributions to current and future missions or grants during their assignments in the Space Department. The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a not-for-profit center for engineering, research and development. APL is a division of one of the world’s premier research universities, Johns Hopkins. The 399-acre campus, 20 miles north of Washington, D.C., is home to 4,100 men and women who work on more than 400 programs that protect our homeland and advance the nation’s vision in research and space science.

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Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE)
Summer Internship Program

SOCHE’s Summer Internship Program provides internship opportunities for engineering and science students to gain valuable experience working at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) through the Graduate School of Engineering & Management. AFIT is located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

Interns must be U.S. citizens and be actively pursuing a baccalaureate degree from an accredited degree-granting institution.

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The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program Offers Paid Internships to Women
The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program offers paid internships at leading aviation and space companies and organizations for passionate, exceptional women seeking their undergraduate degree. Brooke Owens Fellows are women currently seeking the equivalent of an undergraduate degree – through a college, university, or community college – in any field who intend to pursue a full-time career in the aviation or aerospace industry.

Applicants can come from a wide range of academic or professional disciplines: engineering, science, aeronautics and pilot training, law and policy, business, non-profit management, history, art, or anything else. However, successful applicants must be able to draw a convincing connection between their chosen field(s) and aviation or space exploration.

Women of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Interns must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents (green card holders).

Application deadline: Mid December

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