Internships and Training Programs

NASA Spring 2024 Internships

NASA internships allow students to contribute to agency projects under the guidance of a NASA mentor. The deadline for Spring 2024 applications is in November. For the optimal chance of being considered for Spring 2024 projects, submit your full application by November 1. Visit NASA Internships to learn more.

NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP)

If you’re an early-career or senior scientist, apply to the NASA Postdoctoral Program to help pursue NASA’s mission and experience the world’s most diverse technology and expertise. The NPP offers unique research opportunities to highly talented U.S. and non-U.S. scientists to engage in ongoing NASA research projects at a NASA Center, NASA Headquarters, or a NASA-affiliated research institute. These one- to three-year fellowships are competitive and are designed to advance NASA’s missions in space science, Earth science, aeronautics, space operations, exploration systems, and astrobiology. The deadline to apply for this cycle is November 1, 2023. Visit NASA Postdoctoral Program to learn more.


As part of NASA’s Applied Sciences Program, Digital Earth Virtual Environment and Learning Outreach Program (DEVELOP) addresses environmental and policy concerns through the practical application of NASA Earth observations. DEVELOP projects apply Earth observations to the application areas of agriculture, disasters, ecological forecasting, energy, health and air quality, transportation and infrastructure, urban development, and water resources. As an interdisciplinary program, DEVELOP accepts participants with skills in a variety of fields. Undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, and early career professionals with an interest in Earth science are encouraged to apply. The next round of applications open on August 28. Visit DEVELOP to learn more.

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP)

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP) offers opportunities for independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or research interests of the Institution and its staff. Fellowships are offered to graduate students, predoctoral students, and postdoctoral and senior researchers to conduct independent research and to utilize the resources of the Institution with members of the research staff serving as advisors and hosts. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2023. Visit SIFP to learn more.

Community College Internships (CCI)

The Community College Internships (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the Department of Energy (DOE) mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers during 10-week appointments. Applications close on October 4, 2023. Visit CCI to learn more.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission during 10- to 16-week appointments. Applications close on October 4, 2023. Visit SULI to learn more.

JPL Year-Round Internship Program

The JPL Year-Round Internship Program offers part-time and full-time internship opportunities at JPL during the academic year as well as summers to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. Visit JPL Year-Round Internship Program to learn more.

Online Training: Overcoming the Struggle to Write

Check out this free, interactive, on-demand 1-hour training in academic writing by Dr. Anna Clemens. This training is ideal for postdoctoral researchers who want to write scientific papers with a structured process in a controlled time frame. Dr. Clemens is an academic writing coach with a background in both science and journalism who has worked with hundreds of researchers inside her online program, the Researchers’ Writing Academy. Visit Researchers’ Writing Academy to learn more.

Online Training: The Postdoc Academy

The Postdoc Academy offers two free online courses on edX featuring asynchronous, self-paced content: “Succeeding as a Postdoc” and “Building Skills for a Successful Career.” Visit Postdoc Academy to learn more.