Yes, but it's worth 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.
Our Objective: To provide UArizona undergraduates who are exploring career options the opportunity to broaden their education with a rich, hands-on experience and the full process of inquiry and discovery.
Eligibility: *Enrolled (9 units or more per semester) UArizona Sophomores (in the Fall semester) through Seniors – from any STEM major at the UA – who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for this opportunity. We especially encourage applications from those traditionally underrepresented in STEM.
Compensation: The internship runs one academic year from August to May. Interns may work up to 20 hours per week during that time and are paid $12.50/hour.
What to Expect: All applicants are contacted in early August regardless of being awarded or not. Awardees must accept their internship before the start of the academic year.
Internships may take place with a faculty mentor on campus or with a professional/program affiliate in government, industry, or 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)