NASA Center Internship Opportunities
NASA Centers across the U.S. offer several internships. Many of these internships require funding for student stipends and travel expenses. Students from Nebraska are eligible for this kind of funding through the NASA Nebraska Space Grant. In order to apply for funding from the NASA Nebraska Space Grant you will need to complete our Student Internship Application form. This form is available at the link below. Often times a NASA center will receive your OSSI application and they may be interested in inviting you to come work with them, however they may not have the funds available to pay you. They will then turn to our program for funding. We will need to have your Student Internship Application form on file to consider you for funding. Please know these internships are VERY competitive and only the most qualified applicants will be considered for funding. The application process can be lengthy, we encourage you to get an early start on the applications and feel free to contact our office if you have any questions. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
To Mail Official Transcripts or other correspondence use this address:
University of Nebraska at Omaha
NASA Nebraska Space Grant
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68182-0589
Below are details for the many opportunities available for Nebraska students.
Internship Final Report
A link to the required internship final report will be posted here in the summer. Please check back or contact the NASA Nebraska Space Grant office for directions.
NASA Nebraska Space Grant Internship Video Clip
NASA Center Internships: Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows, and Scholars (SOLAR) System
Deadline: Nebraska Space Grant will accept applications as long as the OSSI System is accepting applications.
One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI)
Summer 2016 internship applications accepted from 11/10/2015 - 3/1/2016. We encourage you to apply early because the best opportunities are likely to be filled early. Plus, your likelihood of being selected decreases the longer you wait. Summer 2015 internships run from late May or early June to early August.
SPECIAL NOTICE: To Prospective NASA Student Interns with Disabilities,
NASA is looking to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through our internship programs. NASA has a two-percent hiring goal for employment of people with disabilities and internships are a good way to get experience.
NASA internships are also offered during Spring, Fall and Year Long Sessions. The website and the application process are the same for all NASA internships, regardless of the time of year.
Internships are available at all NASA centers nationwide. Students can submit a completed application whether they apply to an opportunity or not. However, applying to opportunities has the advantage of allowing applicants to be considered by mentors who work in disciplines of interest and at a particular center. Applicants may apply to as many as fifteen opportunities. For example, an opportunity having to do with the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) will be at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland because SDO is located there. Not applying to an opportunity means that prospective interns will be hoping that a mentor happens to read their applications rather than directing their applications to mentors in fields and at centers of interest.
Students who are selected for summer internships will receive an offer letter by E-mail. They will then have five days to either accept or reject the offer through their OSSI: NIFS account. The offer will automatically expire after five days if no action is taken.
Complete the Student Internship Application form (found at the top of this page) and email it to NASA.Nebraska@unomaha.edu with a current resume and unofficial transcripts (transcrips do not have to be official for this opportunity, you can email or mail them to the address provided above). Letters of Recommendation are encouraged but not required and can be mailed to the address above.
Complete the OSSI SOLAR application here.
For additional information, visit http://intern.nasa.gov.
Pointers on Ways to Strengthen Ones Application
1. Complete your application as early as possible.
2. Request your first Letter of Recommendation from someone who can submit it quickly. This will help expedite completion of your application.
3. Only apply to opportunities that you really want to be considered for.
Then identify recommenders who can tailor their letters specific to each opportunity.
4. Periodically call the OSSI administrator at the center you are most interested in being selected for and politely ask about the status of your application.
5. Responses to biography or essay questions should be accurate, succinct, error free, interesting, personable with a snippet of levity to entertain the reader.
6. 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.
If you have found your own internship opportunity and would like to apply for funding please complete the Student Internship Application form (found at the top of this page) and email it with a current resume to NASA.Nebraska@unomaha.edu. Letters of Recommendation are encouraged but not required and can be mailed to the address above.
On the Student Internship Application form you will need to provide a description of the project you will work on, the time frame for the internship, and contact information for your mentor for this internship.
Download information about the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity in NASA Assisted Programs: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Related Laws.