Student Features

NASA Corporate Recruitment Initiative
The U.S. homegrown student pipeline is shrinking while the industry demand for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills is steadily increasing. In addition, minority representation in the STEM disciplines is only one-third of the representation in the U.S. population at large.
To address these issues, NASA is implementing an integrated Agency-wide approach to human capital management. This approach will attract and maintain a workforce that is representative of the Nation's diversity and includes the competencies that NASA needs to deliver sustained levels of high performance that the Agency's challenging mission requires. This five-year plan, which is a coordinated effort among the Office of Education, the Office of Human Resources, and the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, is designed to attract and retain students who possess the following "at-risk" competencies:
Systems Engineering
Test Engineering
Mission Assurance
Human Factors
Nuclear Engineering
Integration Engineering
Design & Development Engineering
Quality Engineering & Assurance
Business Management
Mission Execution
The corporate recruitment initiative will link to NASA's many student research and grant programs and leverage NASA's networks with minority, women, and individuals with disabilities to increase workforce diversity.
The Corporate Recruitment Initiative Objectives are as follows:
  • To strengthen NASA's college recruitment program
  • To increase awareness of and interest in NASA education and employment opportunities
  • To create recruitment linkages between NASA's university research and education programs and NASA's employment practices
  • To build a database of students, in targeted competency areas, that Centers can use as a candidate source for entry-level vacancies
  • To use workforce analysis as a foundation for NASA-wide recruitment
  • To provide managers useful tools by marketing current flexibilities and pursuing new flexibilities through legislation or seeking relief from regulatory barriers
  • To partner with minority, women, and individuals with disabilities' professional, scientific research and education organizations to enhance interest and participation in NASA career opportunities
  • To develop effective retention strategies including strengthening orientation and mentoring programs
NASA will visit the following campuses across the Nation:
September 9-10 University of California-Berkeley
September 23-25
Pennsylvania State University
September 23-24 Cornell University
September 24-25 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
October 1-5
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
Universidad del Turabo
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
October 2-4 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
October 7-8
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Central University
Hampton University
Norfolk State University
South Carolina State University
October 9-10 Princeton University
October 14-16
Clark Atlanta University
Morehouse College
Morehouse School of Medicine
Spelman College
October 22-23 Northwestern University
October 26-28

Morgan State University
Bowie State University
Delaware State University
Lincoln University
Cheyney University
Howard University
City University of New York, City College
November 3-5
Tuskegee University
Alabama A&M University
Florida A&M University
Florida International University
Fisk University
Tennessee State University
November 12-14 Syracuse University
November 16-18
University of Texas-El Paso
University of Texas-Brownsville
New Mexico State University
New Mexico Highlands University
For more information about NASA's Corporate Recruitment Initiative please visit