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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 NowApplication are open Dec. 15, 2019 - Feb. 18, 2020.
To Apply, read the instructions. AFTER READING THE INSTRUCTIONS, establish a new user account to begin the application.

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: December 13, 2019
  • Application Deadline: February 18, 2020 23:59 UTC
  • Application Review: February 18 - March 1
  • Selections can begin on Feb 1 and continue through March 1
  • Program Dates: The summer program will run for 10-12 weeks, roughly middle to end of May through early to mid August. Exact dates will be determined before the start of the program.
  • Housing: provided by the Academy program
EligibilityAn applicant for the NASA Academy program must:
  • be a US citizen*
  • be in high academic standing (GPA of 3.0 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.

*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 2020.
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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