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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.

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Wallops Flight Facility summer intern Timothy Finstad demonstrates his project.
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Page Last Updated: May 1st, 2015
Page Editor: Holly Zell