Apply now for 2016 summer internships

NASA intern Chad Truitt and colleagues

Looking for a summer internship? Winter break is a terrific time to update your resume and get your application in order.

Applications for NASA and other internships around the country are now open. Many application cycles close in January and early February.

Below are a few exciting opportunities to help you get started on your internship search. For more opportunities, visit our internship page or follow our Facebook page.

Want to spend your summer working at a NASA Center? The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative SOLAR allows you to explore opportunities at more than 20 internship programs. This massive portal lets you sort internships by topic, location and level of education. Applications here will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 1, 2016.

Interns with the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2016) work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. They will assist in the operation of instruments onboard the DC-8 research aircraft to sample and measure atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. They will also participate in taking measurements at field sites, and complete an individual research project from the data collected. Applications are due February 2, 2016.

Interested in space? The Lunar Planetary Institute offers undergraduates a chance to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. Summer interns work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at NASA Johnson Space Center. Applications are due January 8, 2016.

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI), offered by the Department of Energy, provides undergraduate students with a chance to spend their summer working at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories, engaged in a research project under the guidance of a laboratory scientist or engineer. The DOE also offers an internship specifically for community college students. Applications for both programs are due January 8, 2016.

Finally, Pathways to Science lists over 800 opportunities for 2016 internships. You can search the site by area of interest, geographic area and more.


Want to know what it’s like to intern at NASA? Last summer Christian Cultee of Northwest Indian College gave KUOW an inside look at his work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

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