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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.

Applications Closed

The application windows is closed. We anticipate accepting applications again next year.

  • Application Opens: February 12, 2021
  • Application Deadline: March 8, 2021 23:59 UTC
  • Application Review: March 9 - Late March, 2021
  • Selections can begin on February 12 and continue through April
  • Program Dates: June 7, 2021 - August 13, 2021.
  • Availability: participants are expected to attend regular team meetings at 9 am or 10 am Eastern Time.
  • Housing: the program will be virtual this summer. There will be no housing provided.
EligibilityAn applicant for the NASA Academy program must:
  • be a US citizen*
  • be in high academic standing (GPA of 3.2 or greater)
  • have a 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 at 9 am Eastern Time.

*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 2021.
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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