Eligibility at a Glance
|Requirements||OSTEM Intern||Pathways Intern||International Intern|
|Citizenship||U.S. Citizen||U.S. Citizen||Citizen of a country with a current agreement|
|GPA||3.0 on a 4.0 scale||2.9 on a 4.0 scale||Maintain high academic standing|
|Enrollment||High school student|
Undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program at an accredited college or university
|A degree or certificate seeking student who is currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited educational institution on at least a half time basis|
Have completed at least 15 semester hours or 23 quarter hours
Be able to work at least 640 hours before completing degree/certificate requirements
|Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) in a topic relevant to NASA’s mission priorities|
|Other||At least 16 years old at time of application||At least 16 years old at the time of appointment||Demonstrate an active interest in the U.S. space program|
Communicate proficiently in English
A common misconception is that NASA only offers engineering internships. Please know that we have opportunities for students who are not majoring in engineering. NASA needs employees with a variety of knowledge and skills. At NASA, our engineers, mathematicians, scientists, accountants, writers, IT specialists, project managers, program analysts, and many other professionals work together to break barriers to achieve the seemingly impossible. Non-engineering interns may support a variety of business and program management work, including procurement, budgeting, accounting, information technology, and security.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Internships Paid?
The majority of interns receive a stipend award, but there are some volunteer opportunities noted in project descriptions.
Is housing my responsibility if I receive an internship?
Interns are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. This includes locating their own housing options and paying for their housing. Centers may be able to offer minimal assistance by providing a list of local available housing and/or establishing a private social media group for interns to utilize for relocation planning purposes.
Is a Letter of Recommendation required?
The Office of STEM Engagement does not require a letter of recommendation.
Will I need a car?
Your center location and housing options will determine if you need a car. At most centers, unless you find housing within walking distance, you will most likely need a car. However, there are ample public transportation options at some centers
I'm not a science or engineering student. Can I still get an internship at NASA?
Yes! Interns may support a variety of business and program management work, including human resources, administration and program analysis, accounting and budget, communication and public relations, procurement and contracts, information technology, security, and education. No matter your academic major, you’ll find that NASA is a place where you’ll belong to a supportive community that values your background, perspective, and life experiences.