The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) offers a limited number of internship opportunities to high school, undergraduate and graduate students.

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.

Internship Opportunities

The following internship opportunities are announced for Spring 2022. These projects are seeking undergraduate and graduate student interns. The application deadline for these opportunities is Nov. 26, 2021.

  • Algorithm Development for Satellite Retrievals of Oil Slicks and Other Substances
  • Code Development for Remote Sensing of Snow Properties
  • 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
  • Science and Art in the Time of Coronavirus

Descriptions of these Spring 2022 projects are also available.

Following are internship opportunities that have been announced (as of Nov. 18, 2021) for Summer 2022. These projects are seeking high school and undergraduate interns. The application deadline for these opportunities is Mar. 4, 2022.

Opportunities marked "CCRI" are part of the Climate Change Research Research Initiative. CCRI opportunities that are not marked "@ GISS" will be mentored by scientists at other NASA facilities. We expect several non-CCRI opportunities will be added to this listing at the start of 2022.

  • CCRI: Characterizing the Urban Land Surface Temperature via an Innovative, Multi-Platformed Suite of Satellite and Ground-Remote Sensing Technologies @ GISS
  • CCRI: Climate Change in the Hudson Estuary — Past, Present and Future @ GISS
  • CCRI: Earth Observation Applications for Resiliency — Assessing Climate Change Impacts in Urban, Agricultural, and Natural Environments @ GISS
  • CCRI: Atmospheric Rivers in a Changing Climate @ GISS
  • CCRI: The Expanding Legacy of Landsat &mdash$ Documenting Environmental Change Beyond Five Decades @ GSFC
  • CCRI: Developing New Understandings of the Environmental Impacts of the Changing Urban Fabric in a Changing Climate @ GSFC

Descriptions of these Summer 2022 projects are also available.

Note: As of Nov. 1, 2021, we have not yet received guidance regarding requirements for physical attendance for Summer 2022 opportunities, i.e., whether these acitivies must be on-site or will be virtual/remote ("work from home").

How to Apply

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

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 NASA Intenerships and Fellowships 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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