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 all STEM 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 6, 2015.

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 STEM major – who are U.S. citizens are eligible.