UA Undergraduate Internships: What is it?

A NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research 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?


Is it challenging?

Yes, but it is worth it!

Our Objective: To provide undergraduates who are exploring career options the opportunity to broaden their education with a rich, hands-on experience in 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 $12.00/hr.

Awards are announced in 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 for your research and 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 involve these phases:

  • The learning curve (equipment, software, even the topic itself, etc.)
  • Defining the context (state the problem, pose the hypothesis, detail the specifications, set the educational objective, identify the story, etc.)
  • Determining the methodology (experimental design, data collection, documenting design, etc.)
  • Conducting the work (data collection, analysis, fabrication, application development, testing, teaching, reporting, writing, etc.)
  • Compiling 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 (in the Fall semester) through seniors – from any STEM major – who are U.S. citizens are eligible.