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Undergraduate Internships: Who is it for?
A NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Internship is for you! * Think big and think broadly. Whether you are a prospective student applicant or a prospective mentor, you will find that potential fields of inquiry include almost everything the University has to offer, because so many fields touch on NASA objectives. There have been aspiring artists, educators, journalists, and social scientists among interns and mentors. At present, per NASA policy, students must be pursuing a STEM major to apply, and of course, all the sciences, all the engineering disciplines and all flavors of mathematics are well represented every year. **
- Space Sciences
- Engineering R&D
- Earth & Environmental Sciences
- Software & Development Systems
- Science Education and Outreach
- Space and Astro Biology
- Social Sciences, Policy and Management
- Science, Journalism, and Technical Writing
Successful applicants come from majors throughout the university, including a fair number who do not have a science background when they begin the internship. At present, one must be pursuing a STEM field degree to apply. The goal of the program is to integrate research with education to help build a diverse, scientifically literate citizenry and a well-prepared science, engineering and technology workforce.
To quote NASA's website: "The more we know about the universe, the more we learn about ourselves. From satellites monitoring our own planet's resources to orbiting observatories scanning deep space, every NASA mission embodies the spirit of discovery."
* U.S. citizenship is required.
** The only exception is an important one. Any biology research that would not be considered space biology or astrobiology is covered by other, excellent, University initiatives: