NASA's Office of Education recently awarded a cooperative agreement to the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to support the integration of internships at NASA centers or with aerospace contractors, government research laboratories or academic institutions where ongoing research and operational activities advance NASA missions. The estimated value of the award is between $3 million and $10 million per year, depending on options, for a period of performance not to exceed five years.
These internships are valuable, hands-on traineeship opportunities that provide unique, NASA-related experiences and are designed to enhance and increase the capabilities, diversity, and size of the nation's next generation workforce needed to enable future NASA discoveries.
In order to provide maximum flexibility, this cooperative agreement was structured so that it can be scaled up or down in scope and value to allow NASA to effectively manage its intern programs under a variety of budget and management scenarios. The agreement also makes it possible to implement STEM objectives from external partners and facilitate interagency distribution of student intern placement throughout the federal government.
USRA is a recognized leader in administering educational opportunities for students and teachers that lead to employment with NASA and the broader aerospace industry requiring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) expertise.