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NASA WFF Education - Student Internships

Welcome and thank you for your interest in internships, fellowships and scholarships at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA. The center’s internship opportunities are designed to provide high school, undergraduate and graduate students with experiences that motivate and prepare them for careers aligned with NASA, Goddard, and Wallops and their industry and university partners. Goddard Space Flight Center includes the Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, VA, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, NY, and the Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, WV.

NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) / NASA Internships, Fellowships, Scholarships (NIFS)

OSSI/NIFS is a platform that provides a NASA-wide system for science and engineering mentors to announce their internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. OSSI/NIFS also formalizes the transition of student participants in NASA programs into the NASA workforce, the aerospace industry and academia.

You can access NASA OSSI at this link: http://intern.nasa.gov/. This is the system you will need to use to apply for internships at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

[image-51]OSSI/NIFS allows high school, undergraduate and graduate students to search and apply for all types of NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities all in one on-line location. A single internship or fellowship application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA centers and mentors. Applicants can search for internship opportunities based on subject area. Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible. The selection process may take several weeks or months. Students who have questions or require assistance with OSSI/NIFS may visit the OSSI/NIFS Assistance Page. Questions may also be directed to Goddard’s Education Office (301-286-7205).

Internship Sessions

There 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.


Goddard Internships for High School Students

The Goddard Space Flight Center/Wallops Flight Facility High School Summer Intern Program engages interns in applications of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as other subject areas, in a research-focused work environment at Goddard or one of its centers (including Wallops Flight Facility). Student interns learn and apply research protocols and processes related to Earth- and space-systems science, computer science, engineering and technology. Knowledge of computer applications is essential for all placements. Biological laboratory experiences are generally not available.

NASA high school summer internships include, but are not limited to, the National Space Club Scholars Program. For information about the program and eligibility, please go to http://www.spaceclub.org/programs/scholars.html.

Generally, a successful applicant meets or exceeds these basic qualifications:

1. At least 16 years of age at start of internship
2. Minimum 3.0 GPA (unweighted) on a 4.0 scale
3. U.S. citizen

Apply for all high school summer Internships through OSSI/NIFS at http://intern.nasa.gov/

You may contact Linda Sherman (linda.a.sherman@nasa.gov) with general questions. Information regarding individual internship opportunities is listed directly on the NASA OSSI site.

Senior Internship Opportunity for College Students

Who: Open to students with both

  • Prior internship at Goddard's Greenbelt, Md., campus while a college student
  • Highly favorable recommendation from student’s previous Goddard mentor

What: Research and development internship experience in science, engineering, business, communications or education with the following expectations:

  • Experience comprises a summer segment followed by an academic-year segment
  • By end of academic segment intern will have produced a professionally meaningful product that student, Goddard mentor and academic adviser agree upon at the beginning of the summer internship
  • Goddard mentor and academic-year adviser must approve the final product
  • Intern participates in several extension activities such as:
    1. Networking for career success
    2. Introduction to team-building
    3. Overview of the science of scientific visualization
    4. Overview of the Integrated Design Center
    5. Poster session
    6. Fundamentals of a research proposal
    7. Share your project with the other senior interns and their mentors
    8. Visit Wallops Flight Facility for a rocket launch, an unmanned aerial vehicle or a manned airborne campaign arrival or departure
  • Participants may receive academic research credits for the work performed during the academic-year segment of the internship

When: Summer 2015 for 10 weeks (June 3 through August 9) and a 6-9 month academic segment during the academic year following the summer segment

Where: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD or NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA

How: Apply using NASA's online application (http://intern.nasa.gov) to projects labeled "Senior Internship"

To successfully apply for this internship complete the directions in the COMMENTS section of the online application section of these projects. Briefly you must:

  • Identify an academic adviser who will work with you and the Goddard mentor during the academic year to provide guidance, advice, and assistance while you complete your project.
  • Address how your education and work experiences prepare you to carry-out the described project opportunity and are consistent with your interests and future career direction.
  • Provide a short essay of your primary extra curricular interest.
  • Provide a well thought out outline for your research or development project and a detailed outline of the professionally meaningful product.

Questions: Contact Blanche Meeson (Blanche.w.meeson@nasa.gov)

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Wallops Flight Facility summer intern Timothy Finstad demonstrates his project.
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Page Last Updated: June 30th, 2014
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