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 programming, or other technical experience.
Following are internship opportunities that were announced for Summer 2022. The application deadline for these opportunities was Mar. 18, 2022.
Projects marked "CCRI" are part of the Climate Change Research Initiative. CCRI opportunities that are not marked "@ GISS" will be mentored by scientists at other NASA facilities.
The following projects marked "CCRI" are seeking high school and undergraduate interns.
- CCRI: The Expanding Legacy of Landsat — Documenting Environmental Change Beyond Five Decades @ GSFC
- CCRI: Connecting the Local Urban Fabric to Global Climate Change @ GSFC
- 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
The following non-CCRI projects are open to undergraduate and graduate interns.
- Algorithm Development for Satellite Retrievals of Oil Slicks and Other Substances
- Augmenting RSP Data Records with Climatological Variables
- Code Development Remote Sensing of Snow Properties
- Exploring the Dynamics of Exoplanetary Atmospheres and Oceans with ROCKE-3D
- Investigating the Role of Dry Deposition on Air Pollution Episodes
- Machine Learning Approaches to Accelerate Satellite Retrievals of Environmental Parameters
- Merging and Analysis of Multi-Sensor Imagery over Polar Regions
- Ocean Color and How It Affects Climate and Climate Change
- Parameterization of Phytoplankton Absorption for NASA/PACE Retrievals
- Pathways of Saharan Dust
- RSP Data Management, App Development, and Code Conversion
- Science & Art in the Time of Coronavirus
Descriptions of all of the Summer 2022 projects are also available.
Note: As of Jan. 31, 2022, we have not yet received guidance regarding requirements for physical attendance for Summer 2022 opportunities, i.e., whether these activities must be on-site or will be virtual/remote ("WFH").
How to Apply
Interested students interested must apply for NASA/GISS internships via the intern.nasa.gov 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 Internships and Fellowships website.
Resources for Interns
Following is a short list of links potentially useful to students currently doing interships at NASA/GISS:
NASA/GSFC Office of Education
- Local Contact: Matthew Pearce, Matthew.D.Pearce@nasa.gov
NASA Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedures (PDF)
- Contact: Gale Fleming, firstname.lastname@example.org
NASA/GSFC Equal Opportunity Programs Office
- Contact: Margareth J. Bennett, email@example.com
For more information about educational opportunities at NASA/GISS, please contact Mr. Matthew Pearce.
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