First, be sure you’re eligible
The first step toward a life-changing experience is filling out an excellent application. Ask yourself a few questions before getting started to be sure you’re eligible for an internship at NASA. Are you an American citizen (if not, click here for more infos about the NASA International Internship (NASA I²) Program) who’s at least 16 years old ? Are you a full-time student with a GPA at least 3.0 grade point average ? If so, go to https://intern.nasa.gov/ and select the appropriate session for which you want to apply. Have your school transcript ready to upload, it can be an unofficial copy.
Ask for recommandations
Also be thinking of people who would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for you, like professors, supervisors and other people who know you and your work well. Once you select your references, you’ll be able to see when they have submitted the letter for you. Sometimes, it’s good to send them a reminder if the application window for an internship at NASA is closing soon and the system shows a letter has not been submitted.
Show your experiences
When applying for an internship at NASA, be sure to list all of your previous experiences. If you haven’t had a job or an internship before, that’s okay. Be sure to include projects you’ve contributed to at school or in your extracurricular activities that have given you opportunities to grow in your major. Don’t forget to list your role in those jobs or projects and share the accomplishments made in each. It’s good to include any awards you’ve received or memberships in clubs and societies.
Show your skills
In your application for an internship at NASA, you’ll have the opportunity to list keywords related to your skills. Be specific : what software programs do you enjoy working in ? What coding languages do you know ? Are you a confident public speaker ? What software do you frequently use ? Mentors often use this tool to find students with the skills they need to advance their projects. If you’ve participated in a NASA program or have had previous NASA experience of any kind, be sure to include that in your resume.
Show your motivations
Additionally, it’s important to share why you want a NASA internship. Mentors and coordinators want to see what you are passionate about, and it’s a great way to show a little more of your personality. Throughout your application, make sure you use proper grammar to show your professionalism.
After submitting your application, you’ll be able to log back in and check the status of the projects you applied for on your dashboard. If you are selected for an internship, you’ll receive an email from the Internships Team with next steps on your NASA journey.
Non-U.S. citizens : apply for the NASA International Internship (NASA I²) Program
In addition to the criteria listed above, to apply for the NASA International Internship (NASA I²) Program you have to be proficient in English and to be a citizen of one of the participating following countries : Australia, Brazil, States members of the European Space Agency, Israel, Jordan, Lithuania, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates. If you meet these criteria, click here for more information about the next steps.
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