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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 is closed. We anticipate accepting applications again next year.

Research Project

Our research this summer will be finding existing technologies or developing new technologies to help with a multi-agency problem.


Sponsorship from NASA Space Grant is helpful. If you apply to the Academy, please consult with your Space Grant office to ask about their requirements to sponsor a NASA Academy intern. The Academy program provides no-cost housing for its students. NASA provides the technical resources needed to accomplish the research including materials, approved computing equipment, safety training, and supervised research facility access. To contact your Space Grant office to inquire about their NASA intern sponsorship requirements, please consult their respective website https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/spacegrant/home/Space_Grant_Consortium_Websites.html

Note: Though applicants may obtain conditional Space Grant sponsorship, it does not mean that they have been accepted to the Academy program.If an applicant is accepted to the Academy, the program director will contact the Space Grant directly to confirm their sponsorship of their student.

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 2, 2022
  • Application Deadline: February 21, 2023 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 2023.
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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