Tips for internship applicants

NASA engineer Kenneth Silberman recently offered the following pointers on ways for students to strengthen their internship applications:

  • Complete your application as early as possible.
  • Request your first letter of recommendation from someone who can submit it
    quickly. This will help expedite completion of your application.
  • Only apply to opportunities that you really want to be considered for. Then identify recommenders who can tailor their letters specific to each opportunity.
  • Periodically call the OSSI administrator at the NASA center you are most
    interested in being selected for and politely ask about the status of your
  • Responses to biography or essay questions should be accurate, succinct,
    error free, interesting, personable with a snippet of levity to entertain
    the reader.
  • In your response to why you’re a good fit for a given opportunity, tell
    how your skills can benefit the mentor rather than giving a recitation of
    your accomplishments.

For more tips on successfully applying for NASA internships, see the NASA Office of Education’s Student Tutorials.


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