Daily Archives: November 9, 2009

Pennsylvania State University Astrobiology Summer Program (ASP) – Deadline Feb 19, 2010

The Pennsylvania State University Astrobiology Summer Program (ASP) will be held at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA on June 6th – August 14th, 2010.

Program details: There will be independent research under the guidance of one or more astrobiologists, a field trip to NASA and astrobiology-related sites around Washington, D.C., weekly seminars, laboratory tours, stargazing opportunities, discussion group, and a research symposium.

Expenses: Travel and living expenses will be covered and participants will receive, in addition, a stipend of $4000 for the summer.

Eligibility: U.S. citizens or permanent residents between their sophomore and senior years at a college or university other than Penn State (exceptional applicants between their freshman and sophomore years will be considered). Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a research interest in astrobiology and be contemplating a career in science. College graduates are not eligible. Application deadline: February 19th, 2010.

Please visit the ASP website for details: http://evo.bio.psu.edu/asp/

NASA History Division Internships – Deadline Feb 1, 2010

The NASA History Division sponsors internships for undergraduate and graduate students year-round. Our internships are quite substantive and are opportunities for students to learn and contribute significantly.

The NASA History Division is part of the Office of External Relations at NASA Headquarters. We are a small (seven-person) but very active team. We maintain archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels, and other interested parties from around the world. Outside parties often come to our office to do research on-site. We also edit and publish several books and monographs each year. In addition, we post and maintain a large number of World Wide Web sites on NASA history.

In terms of the qualifications of the prospective intern, we primarily want an enthusiastic person who is a quick learner. Detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, but a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics is needed. Since we deal with the historical aspects of science and technology policy, strong research, writing, and editing skills are key. Thus, social science majors who are interested in natural science might be best, although we would be glad to talk to any interested student. In addition, we would like to have someone who is facile with computers, especially html formatting.

We prefer to hire students who are U.S. citizens. Students physically report to work in the NASA Headquarters building in Washington, D.C., which is easily accessible by public transportation.

We are flexible in terms of setting up specific projects for the prospective intern. Some typical projects include handling a wide variety of information requests, editing historical manuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating as well as creating a variety of Web pages, photo identification and captioning, and archival arrangement, description, and preservation tasks.

The application deadline for summer 2010 is February 1, 2010. Please visit the NASA History website for details: http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm

NASA Planetary Biology Internship (PBI) – Deadline Feb 15, 2010

The NASA Planetary Biology Internship Program (PBI) provides opportunities to explore scientific questions of global scale about planet Earth. Each year the PBI program sponsors nine or ten interns who undertake research at NASA Research Centers or NASA-sponsored laboratories and academic institutions. Students admitted to the Microbial Diversity course at the MBL may also be selected as interns.

The aim of the Planetary Biology Internship Program is to provide opportunites for graduate students to take part in planetary biology research at NASA centers and universities. The pursuit of such studies is expected to broaden the base of this new science by encouraging people in many different fields to take part. Students accepted in the PBI program will be expected to carry out research with a NASA-sponsored investigator for eight weeks usually during the summer months. Typical programs in which interns may become involved include: global ecology and remote sensing; microbial ecology and bio-mineralization; advanced life support; origin and early evolution of life.

Graduate students and senior undergraduates accepted to graduate school who are majoring in biology or other related sciences such as paleontology, atmospheric science, and geochemistry, with interests in planetary biology are eligible to apply for this program. Interns will receive a stipend of $3400 for the 8 weeks of their participation in the program, and reimbursement for transportation costs not to exceed $1100. The award is non-renewable.

Applications are due no later than February 15, 2010. Please visit the program website for details: http://www.mbl.edu/education/courses/other_programs/pbi.html

NASA Langley Research Center Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Internship Program – Deadline Jan 31, 2010

The GIS Internship Program is open to community college, undergraduate, and graduate students majoring in the fields of geography, technology, and civil engineering with experience in geospatial technology or an interest in developing their skills in spatial data technology in support of NASA’s mission. A student majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), history, archaeology or any other major and demonstrating an interest in working in historical documentation and geospatial technology (GIS) will also be considered.

Exceptional and highly motivated high school students with at least a 3.3 GPA and a demonstrated interest in entering a field such as geography, urban planning, civil engineering, or related area will also be considered.

Primary duties for GIS Internship position include:

  • Support development, maintenance and data input in GIS for the Center.
  • Perform updates to building floor plans and space utilization, environmental data, and center infrastructure.Assist with modifications of center spatial data and web interface while adhering to agency standards and procedures.
  • Use marked-up drawings, as-builts, sketches, field surveys or tabular data.

Additional preferences and desired skills include experience with GIS data development and conversion and basic knowledge of principles of data collection, including GPS, digital cartography, GPS, AutoCAD, relational databases, planning, surveying, engineering (utility distribution), and remote sensing/aerial photography.

Primary duties for Historical Preservation Internship position include:

  • Assist with identifying and organizing historic documentation for historic sites and structures of architectural and technological significance.
  • Research will include using primary and secondary sources such as reports, photographs, and videos.
  • Previous work with databases and geographic information systems (GIS) preferred.
  • Preferred majors include archaeology or history with a preference for training as historian or archivist

NASA GIS Internship Eligibility (at time of internship placement):

  • U.S. Citizen and age 16 or older.
  • Community college, undergraduate, and graduate students with a minimum of 12 credit hours completed and a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 required.
  • Internship is also open to motivated high school students who are performing exceptionally in science and technology courses.
  • Enrolled full-time or part-time with preferred major in Geography, Technology, Civil Engineering, History or Archaeology; other majors considered.
  • Recent graduates must be officially accepted into an official academic program at the next level with plans to enroll the semester immediately following the internship.
  • Internship placement is contingent upon verification of all eligibility criteria.
  • This program is a student internship program and is not intended for recent graduates seeking entry-level or part-time employment.

Prior GIS experience or coursework is not required although a preference will be given to candidates who have experience and coursework in ESRI software (ArcGIS) or comparable GIS and are familiar with symbols, terminology, and accepted standards and procedures in GIS and mapping.

All interns at NASA are required to undergo a background security screening. This screening will take place after selection and before placement in the internship program. Students from outside the Hampton area are responsible for their own lodging, if needed.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2010.  Please visit the official website for details, including online application forms.  http://vsgc.odu.edu/GISIntern/

Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) – Deadline February 1, 2010

The Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) Program is managed for NASA by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) under the auspices of the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). The LARSS Program provides paid internship opportunities year round for eligible students during spring, summer, or fall sessions. Participants gain exciting hands-on research experience while working side-by-side with NASA’s finest scientists and engineers who serve as mentors at NASA Langley Research Center.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full-time student status at an accredited U.S. college or university (Community College students are invited to apply; selection is contingent upon matriculation into an accredited 4-year institution.)
  • Classification as a rising undergraduate junior or senior, or graduate student (master’s or doctoral level) by the start of the program
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

The 2010 summer session is scheduled for 10 weeks: Monday, June 7 – Aug 13, 2010
The deadline to apply for the summer session is February 1, 2010. Please visit the official website for details: http://www.nianet.org/larss/index.html

Harriet G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program (JPFP) – Deadline Feb 1, 2010

The Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program (JPFP) increases the number of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities participating in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce, thereby helping to eliminate the shortage of skilled workers in STEM-related disciplines. Sponsored by NASA, the JPFP facilitates the development of a more inclusive, multi-cultural and sustainable workforce by providing access and opportunity to underrepresented students who want to earn advanced degrees. To date, 151 graduate students representing over 50 institutions have participated in the JPFP.

Annually, approximately 20 three-year fellowships are awarded to support graduate students in their pursuit of advanced degrees in the STEM disciplines. Annual stipends for students pursuing master’s degrees start at $18,000. Annual stipends for students pursuing doctoral degrees start at $24,000.With stipends, travel allowances and tuition offsets included, JPFP award packages currently start at $32,000 per year.


  • Undergraduate seniors applying to a graduate degree program, masters, and doctoral students
  • Open to U.S. citizens, including residents of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories
  • Note: Permanent residents and non-US citizens are ineligible for the JPFP
  • Minimum 3.00 on a 4.00 grading scale (B average and above)
  • Must be a member of an underrepresented group, which includes women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline
  • Must either be within the first 3 years of a graduate program at an accredited, U.S. university OR be in the process of applying to an accredited STEM graduate program
  • Cannot participate in any other federally-funded fellowship or scholarship program

The deadline for online applications is February 1, 2010.  Please visit the website for full eligibility requirements and application details. http://www.uncfsp.org/spknowledge/default.aspx?page=program.view&areaid=1&contentid=177&typeid=jpfp

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Internships – Deadline March 31, 2010

The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab offers science and engineering internships each summer. The program provides practical work experience and an introduction to APL. Students spend the summer working with APL scientists and engineers, conducting research, developing leadership skills, and growing professionally.


  • Engineering and science majors (predominantly EE and CS). APL typically (but not exclusively) hires rising juniors and seniors.
  • US citizenship and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (at the date of application)
  • Interns my not work in the same department as a relative employee at APL
  • For most positions, applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.

Applications must be received by March 31, 2010.  Please visit the APL website for details: http://www.jhuapl.edu/employment/summer/


LPI Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program – Deadline Jan 22, 2010

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) will host a special summer intern program during the summer of 2010 to evaluate possible landing sites for robotic and human exploration missions. Four to six interns will work with LPI science staff and other collaborators to evaluate the best landing sites to address each of the NRC’s science priorities. This will be a unique team activity that should foster extensive discussions among students and senior science team members. This Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program will operate parallel with LPI’s regular summer intern program.

This program is open to graduate students in geology, planetary science, and related programs. It is also open to undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit so that they, too, can participate in lunar exploration activities. The 10-week program runs from June 1, 2010 through August 9, 2010. Selected interns will receive $5,000.00 and a $1000.00 travel expense reimbursement.

Application Deadline: January 22, 2010. Read more about this opportunity at the LPI website: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar_intern/index.shtml

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