Undergraduate Internships: What is it?

A NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Internship provides an opportunity for you to have a mentored research, research & development, science writing, science policy, or science education experience.

Who is it for? You!
* Is it challenging? Yes, but it is worth it!

The internship is a challenging work experience funded by NASA Space Grant.

The objective? To provide undergraduates who are exploring career options the opportunity to broaden their education with a rich, hands-on experience with the full process of inquiry and discovery. This includes non-science majors and those traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The internship runs one academic year, 10-20 hrs/wk, at $9.50/hr.

Applications are due July 5, 2013.

Results are announced in late July, early August.

Internships can take place with a faculty mentor on campus or with a professional working for an affiliate in the government, industry, or the non-profit sectors on or off campus.

The internship is a challenging work experience funded by NASA Space Grant and your mentor. It is a firm commitment by both student and mentor that provides the opportunity to fully experience research, research & development, science writing, science policy, or science education. It is not a scholarship or stipend. It is not a work-study position involving a series of unrelated tasks. Instead, this internship will undoubtedly involve these phases:

  • The learning curve (equipment, software, even the topic itself, etc.)
  • Define the context (state the problem, pose the hypothesis, detail the specifications detailed, set the educational objective, identify the story, etc.)
  • Determine methodology (experiment designed; data collected; design documented, etc.)
  • Conduct the work (data collection; analysis; fabrication; application development; testing; teaching; reporting; writing, etc.)
  • Compile the results (data synthesis; code implementation; teaching evaluation; article editing and publication, etc.)
  • Interpretation (what happened and what does it mean)
  • Formal Presentation (at the Annual Statewide Space Grant Symposium)

* sophomores through seniors (in the Fall semester) – from any major – who are U.S. citizens are eligible.