NASA, the national space agency, has a variety of opportunities for students in the STEM fields at four Goddard Space Flight Center facilities. These are located in Greenbelt, Md. and Wallops Island, Va., and at the Independent Verification and Validation site in Fairmont, W.Va., and the Goddard Institute of Space Science in New York City. Apply at http://intern.nasa.gov.
NASA’s National Community College Aerospace Scholars program provides community college students the chance to participate in on-site NASA projects, take tours of NASA, and meet NASA engineers, scientists, and educators to better understand the administration’s goals and how it functions. Aerospace scholars participate in online, web-based training as well as on-site activities at NASA’s Houston facilities.
Looking for an internship? Internmatch.com may help you find one. A recent search for “engineering internships” showed companies that are looking to fill several positions in different cities around the U.S. Check out two of those companies below the cut. Note that all positions are only available as of the time of this writing, and the Accelerator cannot verify whether or not they have been filled.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offer scholarship programs each year for undergraduates coming from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) pays up to $20,000 per year for tuition and educational expenses, an award that can be renewed for up to four years. Additionally, the program allows undergraduates to spend 10 weeks in the summer researching at an NIH laboratory, and guaranteed employment at NIH after graduation for at least one year.
The main eligibility requirements include exceptional financial need. Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are due on March 3, and selection will happen in late July. Apply through the NIH Application Center.
As of this writing, Hormel Foods, a multinational corporation that sells consumer-branded food products, has four open positions for engineering interns at their Hayward, Minn. corporate offices (located near their flagship plant in the city of Austin). These include civil, design automation, electrical, and industrial engineering. Candidates must graduate in December 2014, May 2015, or August 2015, and hold a major in a related discipline with a minimum 2.7 GPA.
All internships are full-time, competitively paid with a housing allowance, and run for six months. Along with U.S. citizens, those who may require sponsorship for an employment visa are also eligible. Apply online to be considered. Hormel exports over 1,600 products to more than 50 countries.
The National Research Council (NRC) Research Associateship Programs are geared towards graduate, postdoctoral, and senior-level research projects in science and technology. About 25 federal labs and institutions host these programs and all have different constraints on eligibility and funding amounts. Some laboratories have citizenship restrictions, and some laboratories have research opportunities that are not open to senior applicants (more than 5 years beyond the Ph.D.).
The next upcoming deadline is Monday, February 3, so hurry if you are interested. The program also has another review period in August.