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 summer 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.

Following are the internship opportunities that have so far been announced for summer 2018, including those that are part of CCRI and those hosted by our external education partners. Please note that the application deadline was March 16, 2018. Announcement of internships for Fall 2018 and later will be posted at a later date.

Analysis of High-Resolution Cloud Simulations for Climate Model Parameterization Development
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Improving Ocean Mixing Parameterizations for Climate Models
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Ocean Circulation, Heat and Carbon Uptake in Models and Observations
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Tracking and Analysis of Deep Convective Updrafts in Radar Observations and Numerical Model Simulations
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Urban Agriculture as a NYC Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Urban Climate Adaptation Research: New Technologies, Materials and Thinking (CCRI)
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Volcanoes Impact Climate on Local To Global Scale Through Their Emissions (CCRI)
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

West African Monsoon Climate Modeling (CCRI)
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Climate Change in the Hudson Estuary — Past, Present, and Future (CCRI)
Location: Columbia Univ. Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory (Palisades, NY) and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Solar Panels in Space
Location: LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City, Queens, NYC

The Bearing Strength of Pin Loaded PLA specimen Manufactured Using Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing
Location: New York City College of Technology, Downtown Brooklyn, NYC

Design and Construction of an Autonomous Robot
Location: Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ

How to Apply

The application deadline for summer 2018 internship opportunities in the GISS and partner programs was March 16, 2018. Please note that 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.

Interested students interested must apply for NASA/GISS interships at the website. To learn more about the available internship research topics, click on the Search Opportunities tab at top left of the page and select the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in the NASA center field.

Information regarding international student eligibility requirements to apply for internship programs at other NASA facilities can be found at:

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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