The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) offers a limited number of internship opportunities to high school, undergraduate and graduate students who reside within a 50-mile radius of the institute, which is located in the Upper West Side-Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York City.

Many student internships at NASA GISS are part of the year-round Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI). Teams of high school and undergraduate students and faculty work alongside graduate students and the lead scientists of NASA-funded research projects at universities in the New York City metropolitan region or at NASA/GISS under the mentorship of a GISS scientist.

Most non-CCRI internship opportunities require some level of college study, computer programmming, or other technical experience.

Autumn 2021 Opportunities

Following are internship opportunities that were announced for Autumn 2021. The application deadline for these opportunities was July 9, 2021. Announcement of opportunities for Spring 2022 opportunities should begin in October 2021.

To obtain an up-to-date list and to read a description of each opportunity, visit the NASA Internship Opportunities projects listing and select GISS in the search form's "center" field.

  • Algorithm Development for Satellite Retrievals of Oil Slicks and Other Substances Floating on the Ocean Surface
  • Code Development for the Advanced Satellite Remote Sensing of Snow Properties
  • Fire in the Climate System
  • Merging and Analysis of Multi-Sensor Imagery over Polar Regions
  • Parameterization of Phytoplankton Absorption for NASA/PACE Retrievals
  • RSP Data Management, App Development, and Code Conversion

These projects are seeking undergraduate and graduate student interns.

Note: Due to the current public health crisis, the above opportunities will be "virtual" (i.e., WFH). The student will conduct his or her research remotely.

How to Apply

Interested students interested must apply for NASA/GISS interships via the website.

Please note that in addition to being NYC-area residents, applicants must be US citizens and currently enrolled in a formal education program of study with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Information regarding international student eligibility requirements to apply for internship programs at other NASA facilities can be found on the website.

Resources for Interns

Following is a short list of links potentially useful to students currently doing interships at NASA/GISS:


For more information about educational opportunities at NASA/GISS, please contact Mr. Matthew Pearce.

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