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The NASA Academy offers an intense, multi-disciplinary research program that emphasizes collaboration, teamwork, leadership, innovation and creativity.

Academy participants experience research under circumstances similar to those faced by aerospace professionals. In addition to a team research project, the program includes invited lectures on technical subjects, weekly discussions with NASA professionals, and use of NASA research facilities.

Note, this is NOT a typical internship with a mentor-prescribed research plan. This is an intense, multi-disciplinary, research project that requires focus and commitment. A real problem in aeronautics or aerospace is given to the team and the team decides how to solve the problem using available resources. The team will have a technical advisory committee composed of NASA experts in the area of the project, including past summer team alumni. The advisory committee meets once per week to hear the team's progress, take questions, make suggestions, etc.

Apply NowTo Apply, read the instructions and eligibility requirements (below).

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  • The program is planning to be in-person at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton Virginia. However, circumstances beyond our control may necessitate a virtual program.
  • Team meetings for the first two weeks will be held at 9 am or at 10 am Eastern Time.

Research Project

The Academy research project will be determined in advance of the starting date based on the aeronautics/aerospace projects of the agency.

Application ProcessAcademyApp.com is where students apply to the NASA Academy programs at Langley Research Center. Before beginning, please read the instructions. Then, login or create a new user account.

Applications will require a personal statement, a current resume, your current unofficial transcript, two current letters of recommendation from supervisors or college professors, and emails/phone for the two references.

US Veterans, females, and under-represented students who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

  • Application Opens: January 9, 2024
  • Application Deadline: February 20, 2024 23:59 ET
  • Program Dates: TBD during the Late May or early June-August 12 time frame for 10 weeks 40 Hours a week.
  • This is a paid internship, stipends will be determined based on funding
  • Housing: Housing will be be provided for the team.
EligibilityAn applicant for the NASA Academy program must:
  • be a US citizen*
  • have a high academic record (GPA of 3.2 or greater)
  • be minimum age of 18
  • have completed two full years of college.
    Preferred candidates will have completed three full years of college (with the exception of two year college students transferring to a four year institution).
  • have a demonstrated interest in aeronautics and/or aerospace.
  • be able to attend regular team meetings daily and weekly

*Citizens of US territories Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Northern Marianas are U.S. citizens. Non-US Citizens (permanent resident foreign nationals, legal resident aliens, work permit holders, etc.) are ineligible, please do no apply.

Competitive applicants will have:

  • demonstrated successful experience working with peers in team environments,
  • excellent communication and excellent interpersonal skills,
  • a major in relevant engineering disciplines (Aeronautics, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering), Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics or Applied Physics, Instrumentation, Electronics, or Mechatronics
  • The Academy has typically preferred rising seniors or graduating seniors at a four year college, however, we would also like to accept competitive two year college students who will have completed their first two years or will have earned a 2-year degree in May of 2024.
Women and minorities who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.
Additional Program InformationYou can read more about the NASA Academy program here. Questions can be emailed to program director, Dr. Elizabeth Ward at elizabeth.b.ward@nasa.gov.
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