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NASA Summer Internship Program

posted Jan 2, 2013, 7:59 PM by Barbara Fortunato
The NASA "One Stop Shopping Initiative Recruiting NASA Interns, Fellows, and Scholars" (OSSI/NIFS) website is open for applications between November 1, 2012 through March 15, 2013 at This is now the only website accepting applications for Summer 2013 positions.
The Basic eligibility is:
  • U.S. Citizen (either by birth or naturalization) is required in order to apply in OSSI:SOLAR to be a NASA intern or fellow. If selected, you will be asked to provide proof of citizenship before the internship or fellowship begins.
  •  For questions regarding citizenship, refer to the U.S. Department of State website. (
  •  A Permanent Resident Alien (PRA) or Legal Resident is not considered U.S. citizens and are not eligible for NASA student opportunities available through OSSI:SOLAR
  •  At the time the opportunity begins, college students (entering and currently attending) must be accepted/enrolled full-time in an accredited U.S. college or university.
  •  High school seniors can be considered freshmen when applying for internships.
  •  Beginning Nov. 2012 there is a pre-college option for current high school students.
  •  Grade point average of 2.8 or higher on a scale of 4.0
  •  Some internship and fellowship programs will require a higher GPA. However, a student will be able to submit an application with a GPA of 2.8 or higher.
  •  If the college or university does not use GPA, applicants will need to explain the grading method in the application.
Students enter a profile then work on completing their application. An application is not considered “complete” until the letters of recommendation are received from those who student ask to write the letters. Once the application is completed it is “live”. Then students can search for and apply for up to 15 positions at all 10 NASA Centers.
It’s much like searching for an actual job. Please read the internship opportunities carefully for the particular area of expertise and/or skills the mentor is looking for. Some mentors are looking for undergraduate or graduate while others may be looking for high school. Some mentors e.g. GSFC, may be looking to create a team of high school, undergraduate and graduate for a specific opportunity. Another helpful hint is don’t feel like a student has to apply for fifteen options at once. Mentors are still entering opportunities. Students may continue to browse and select opportunities until March 15, 2013.
We encourage high school student resumes and letter(s) of recommendation speak to their specific STEM strengths including coursework completed (sciences, mathematics, engineering, technology). 
Barbara Fortunato,
Jan 2, 2013, 8:00 PM