Internships, Scholarships, and Fellowships with NASA


NASA Internships

NASA Internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. In addition, there are non-technical internship opportunities to engage in professional activities which support NASA business and administrative processes. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA’s unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals.

NASA Internships can be full- or part-time, conducted at a NASA facility, contractor facility, or anywhere activities are ongoing to advance NASA’s missions. Mentors can be civil servants, contractors, or faculty conducting activities directly related to NASA’s unique assets and ongoing mission activities.

NASA internships occur within the following four sessions per year generally corresponding to the academic calendar:  spring, summer, fall, and year-long (often following the academic year August–May). Applications for summer 2018 opportunities are due March 1, 2018. To find available opportunities and fill out an OSSI online application, visit

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing masters or doctoral degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2018–2019 academic year. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. Awards of $45,000 per year are made for up to three years. Proposals (new applications) are due February 1, 2018. More information and application instructions can be found at by searching for NESSF.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) supports NASA’s goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live. Selected by a competitive peer-review process, NPP fellows complete one- to three-year fellowships that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA. These opportunities advance NASA’s missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics and engineering, human exploration and space operations, and astrobiology. Opportunities are available at NASA centers and other NASA-approved sites. Interested applicants may apply by one of three annual application deadlines:  March 1 (current deadline), July 1, and November 1. For more information, visit