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ASPIRE High School Mentoring Program (High School Juniors and Seniors) - Feb 15 DEADLINE for Summer (MISSED), June 1 for Fall

ASPIRE is a program for high school juniors and seniors to explore the real-world applications of STEM at APL. Students are matched with APL staff members to work on technical projects in a subject area of interest to the student. APL partners with local schools to provide this extension of the student’s educational learning environment. Depending on the school district, students may receive academic credit toward graduation or a certificate of completion.

Academic-Year Session (September–May)

  • Students must begin the program no later than October 1.

  • Students must commit to spending a minimum of 5 hours a week on site at APL.

  • Students must complete an abstract and presentation before the session concludes.

  • Students must receive credit or formal recognition from their school for the program.

Students applying to the academic session are strongly encouraged to review their extracurricular schedule and determine whether they have the appropriate time available to participate in the ASPIRE program. Students should remember to consider travel times to APL and back. We ask that the ASPIRE program be a priority. Only apply if you are willing to commit to fulfilling the time requirements.

Session Timeline:

April 15

Applications open.

June 1

Applications close.

June 1 – September 1

Mentors review applications, interview students, and extend an invitation to the program.

September 1–30

Orientations are held for accepted students. Matching and placements continue through September.

September 15 – October 1

ASPIRE students start program.

Summer Session (June–August)

  • Students must commit to attending the program for a minimum of 6 weeks (maximum of 8 weeks) with no more than a 1-week break within the 6 weeks.

  • Summer students must begin the program no later than July 1.

  • Students must commit to spending a minimum of 20 hours a week on site at APL during the program.

  • Students must complete an abstract before the session concludes.

Session Timeline:

January 1

Summer applications open.

February 15

Summer applications close.

March 1 – June 1

Mentors review applications, interview students, and extend an invitation to the program.

June 1 – July 1

Orientations are held for accepted students.

June 15 – July 1

Summer ASPIRE students start program.

NASA OSSI Intern Program: High School - Graduate Student - March 1 for Summer (MISSED), May 31 for Fall

Internships Overview

NASA Internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. In addition, there are non-technical internship opportunities to engage in professional activities which support NASA business and administrative processes. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA's unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals.

NASA Internships can be full or part-time, conducted at a NASA facility, contractor facility, or anywhere activities are ongoing to advance NASA's missions. Mentors can be civil servants, contractors, or faculty conducting activities directly related to NASA's unique assets and ongoing mission activities.

NASA internships occur within the following 4 sessions per year generally corresponding to the academic calendar: spring, summer, fall, and year-long (often following the academic year Aug.-May)

Internship Eligibility

NASA internships are available to high school through graduate level students attending full-time accredited programs appropriate to the NASA internship opportunity for which they receive an offer. U.S. citizenship is required for most internship opportunities. Select opportunities are also open to citizens from countries participating in the NASA International Internship (I^2) Program. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting course of study appropriate to NASA's long-term professional workforce needs. College-level interns must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent. While NASA Internships are available to students in a wide-variety of majors ranging from business to science and engineering, individual internship opportunities will target specific disciplines. Applicants have the opportunity to browse and selectively apply for specific internship opportunities once their application is complete.

Fall Session opportunities (16 wks) begin in late August or early September and conclude in Mid-December.

Spring Session opportunities (16 wks) begin in mid-January and conclude in early May.

Summer Session opportunities (8-10 wks) begin in late May or early June and conclude in early August.

Year-Long Session opportunities (greater than 16 wks) do not correspond to the 3 standard sessions above.

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL): College Freshmen - PhD. - March 31 DEADLINE

APL offers science and engineering internships each summer. The Laboratory's internship program provides practical work experience and an introduction to APL. Students spend the summer working with APL scientists and engineers, conducting research, developing leadership skills, and growing professionally.

This past summer, more than 200 interns from 60 colleges and universities worked at APL. These interns ranged from freshmen to Ph.D. level, worked on projects across the Laboratory in every technical department, and had the opportunity to network throughout the summer at receptions, social events, seminars, and workshops.

The application deadline for the 2017 College Summer Internship Program is March 31, 2017.

APL NASA Intern Program: College Sophomore - Ph.D - March 26 DEADLINE

Rising sophomores through Ph.D. students as of fall 2017 who participate in the 2017 APL NASA Intern Program will work at the APL facility in Laurel, Maryland, and will contribute to NASA missions and space-related research work. Talks by key mission engineers and scientists, along with tours of APL and other activities, will be provided throughout the summer. Interested intern candidates must be U.S. citizens, be in high academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher), and have successfully passed a background check (criminal, social security, and driving record).

2017 APL NASA Intern Program Schedule
  • Application Process Begins: December 5, 2016

  • Application Review: December 2016 – April 2017

  • Application Deadline: March 26, 2017

  • Offers to Successful Candidates: By April 30, 2017

Google Summer of Code: University Students 18+ - MARCH 20 Applications Open

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program that matches students up with open source, free software and technology-related organizations to write code and get paid to do it! The organizations provide mentors who act as guides through the entire process, from learning about the community to contributing code. The idea is to get students involved in and familiar with the open source community and help them to put their summer break to good use.

Accepted students gain exposure to real-world software development, and employment opportunities in areas related to their academic pursuits. Participating organizations are able to identify and bring in new developers. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all; all code produced as part of the program is released under an open source license. The fact that you get to write code that people from all over the world can use - how cool is that!

This program has brought together thousands of students and mentors from over 100 countries worldwide. As of January 2017, over 565 open source projects, from areas as diverse as operating systems and community services, have participated as mentoring organizations for the program. Successful students have widely reported that their participation in GSoC made them more attractive to potential employers and that the program has helped greatly when embarking on their technical careers.

Google Summer of Code is open to university students, age 18 and older in most countries.

Student Applications open on March 20th, 2017.

NIST Summer High School Intern Program: High School Junior or Senior - Feb 1 DEADLINE (MISSED)

The Summer High School Intern Program (SHIP) is a NIST-wide summer intern program for students who will have finished their junior or senior year of high school by the start of the program and are interested in scientific research only. All other high school applicants who do not want a summer research position should go to NIST Student Employment Programs for information on other NIST Programs. Students selected for this competitive volunteer program will participate in cutting-edge research at NIST, and will work closely with NIST staff scientists and engineers on a specific research problem.

Previous research topics can be found here.

During their tenure at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD, the students will not be paid, and are expected to provide their own housing and transportation. The program requires a commitment for a contiguous 8-week period (nominal hours of 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM) with a start date determined by the NIST research mentor. (A limited number of 6-week slots may be available.) This program is open only to United States citizens.

The due date for the online application is February 1. (Applications are accepted between September 1 and February 1.)

NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF): Undergraduates - Feb 15 DEADLINE (MISSED)

The SURF Program is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission. Since 1993, SURF students from across the country have had the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting edge technology in one of the world's leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners.

Over the course of 11 weeks, SURF students contribute to the ongoing research of one of the seven NIST facilities which are the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL), Engineering Laboratory (EL), Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), and Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML). The SURF Program is administered at the Boulder, CO and Gaithersburg, MD locations. U.S. Colleges or universities (not individual students) must submit applications for participation in the SURF Program.

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