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July 24, 2014
Most teens are spending the summer working, whether it is at the pool, a retail store, or even at the airport or FBO. But 500 students from around the United States are spending their summer interning at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on projects that are on the cutting edge of science and technology.
The center's internship opportunities are designed to provide high school, undergraduate and graduate students with experiences that motivate and prepare them for careers aligned with Goddard and its industry and university partners.
The students are learning and applying research protocols and processes related to Earth- and space-systems science, computer science, engineering and technology, while working with some of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers at the main Goddard campus, the Independent Verification and Validation Facility, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Wallops Flight Facility.
Each intern was placed with a NASA mentor and provided with scientific or engineering research opportunities that matched the student's educational interests and background. Their assigned work may include equipment design and testing, experimental data collection and processing, computer software development or fieldwork. Many of the projects are important to future NASA research efforts.
Interns are working on missions such as the Neutron star Interior Composition ExploreR, which studies the extraordinary gravitational, electromagnetic and nuclear-physics environments embodied by neutron stars; the Magnetospheric Multiscale, a Solar Terrestrial Probes mission comprising four identically instrumented spacecraft that will use Earth's magnetosphere as a laboratory to study the microphysics of three fundamental plasma processes; the James Webb Telescope; a large space telescope that will be launched later this decade; and others.
Click to learn more or to apply for NASA scholarships, which are available for fall, spring, summer and year-round.
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