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NASA Pathways

We strategically hire our Pathways Interns based on long-term potential and alignment with NASA’s future workforce needs. Specializing in multi-semester experiences, the Pathways Internship Program prepares you for a career at NASA and offers a direct pipeline to full-time employment at NASA upon graduation.

Current Opportunities

Our next application cycle will open on February 26th, 2024 for Fall 2024 opportunities. All Pathways internship vacancy announcements are posted on USAJOBS and linked from this page once they become available.

Who We Look For

We’re looking for students who are captivated with our Vision, Mission, and Core Values and embody characteristics integral to NASA’s success. Top candidates are well-rounded students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate curiosity, team-orientation, excellence, a passion for exploration, agility, and resilience. Prior experience is not required! During the hiring process, we assess the following 12 competencies:

•Accountability, Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Decision Making, Flexibility, Integrity/Honesty, Interpersonal Skills, Learning, Reading, Self-Management (Achievement), Stress Tolerance, and Teamwork

The Experience

As a Pathways Intern, we invest in you on purpose—assigning you with challenging, meaningful work aligned with your academic or career interests, providing you with life-long learning and growth opportunities, and cultivating a supportive community that offers you a home away from home. 

Careers After Graduation

Throughout your Pathways Internship, you’re given the autonomy to define your own career trajectory at NASA. At the beginning of your internship, we will work with you to develop an “Individual Development Plan” that will help put your experience and path in your hands by defining assignments, training events, and learning opportunities that will help you achieve your career goals. 

As you get closer to graduation, we will evaluate your experience and consider you for full-time employment that would begin after you complete your degree. No additional job applications needed!

Types of Internships

We offer a variety of internship opportunities across a variety of disciplines within the following OPM occupational classifications. We post the specific disciplines and skillsets we hire for in the weeks prior to applications opening.

Engineering, Science, and Technology

  • GS-899: Engineering
  • GS-1399: Physical Sciences

Business

  • GS-0099: Safety & Occupational Health
  • GS-199: Social Sciences
  • GS-299: Human Resources
  • GS-399: Administration and Program Management & Analysis
  • GS-599: Accounting & Budget
  • GS-1099: Communication & Public Relations
  • GS-1199: Procurement and Contracts
  • GS-1599: Math & Statistics 
  • GS-2299: Information Technology

Where We Work

There are several NASA centers located across the nation engaged in a variety of work. For examples of the work that our interns perform across the country, take a look at our Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

Eligibility Requirements

All Pathways Interns must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis in an accredited educational institution and maintain enrollment at least half time as defined by the institution;
  • Be pursuing a degree or certificate;
  • Currently have and maintain a cumulative 2.9 grade point average on a 4.0 scale;
  • Be able to complete at least 640 hours of work prior to completing your degree/certificate requirements; View JSC specific requirements here.
  • Required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
  • Required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
  • Vacancies also require that applicants be available to begin work between a predetermined timeframe, typically the subsequent two semesters following the closing date of the vacancy for which you applied.

How to Apply

All of our Pathways Internship vacancies are posted on USAJobs.gov. Each vacancy lists multiple NASA Center locations and has different educational requirements (e.g., specific academic majors). To begin the process, follow these steps:
Step 1: Do your research. Learn about the type of work performed at each of our NASA facilities so that you’ll be able to find where you’d best fit at NASA based on your academic and career interests. 

Step 2: Prepare your application. Visit USAJobs.gov to create your profile, build your resume, and set up a notification that will alert you when our positions open. Check out our tips below for building your resume.

Step 3: Apply to a vacancy during the open application window. When you apply, be sure to apply to the vacancy that aligns with BOTH your academic major and preferred geographic location(s) in order to route your application to the type of work you’re interested in. Take a look at our Applicant Guide for lots of information on what to expect during the application process. 


Use of Artificial Intelligence

Can I use ChatGPT or other artificial intelligence tools to assist in drafting application and assessment responses?
NASA prohibits candidates from plagiarizing any portion of their employment application to include responses to questions in which you must provide a narrative response. You must create your own responses originally and not copy or adapt them from other sources. While NASA encourages you to create your narratives with great care, including correct use of grammar and style, you are prohibited from using any artificial intelligence (AI) or AI-assisted tool, to include but not limited to ChatGPT.  Any information you provide during the application process is subject to verification. NASA will discontinue your candidacy if we find you have violated this prohibition on use of AI tools in the application process.

Writing Your Resume

NASA wants to get to know you and see your story – so be clear and concise, but elaborate! Your resume is your best opportunity to demonstrate what sets you apart from other applicants. Write your USAJobs resume in a narrative format, where you highlight your accomplishments by using the CAR method (Challenge/Action/Result). 

Meet Our Interns

Are you ready for your NASA Internship? Meet some of our interns and learn their backgrounds, why they chose a NASA internship, and what they’re working on!

Pathways Program Points of Contact

Frequently Asked Questions

Not finding what you’re looking for? Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about our Internships & Pathways program here.