The NASA History Program Office sponsors internships for
undergraduate and graduate students year-round. Our internships are quite substantive and are opportunities for students to learn and contribute significantly. NASA also has a clearinghouse site for other internships throughout the Agency.
Currently, our office unfortunately is unable to pay interns directly. However, we encourage students to apply for stipends or other funding through the national network of state space grant consortia, their home educational institutions, or other corporate or nonprofit sources. Students will need to exercise initiative to find out about the different application criteria, procedures, and deadlines from these various organizations. In any event, interested students should follow the NASA History Program Office's application procedures and deadlines, as outlined on this page.
During the school year, interns are generally unpaid.
When possible during the school year, we like to host
interns who are able to work full-time under established
Washington semester intern programs. In any case,
we prefer that students work at least 20 hours per
week to "learn the ropes" and become productive quickly.
We try to work closely with a student's college or
university to arrange for academic credit when possible.
At NASA Headquarters, the NASA History Program Office is part of the Office of
Communications' Public Outreach Division. We are a
small (seven-person) but very active team. We maintain
archival materials to answer research questions from
NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at
all levels, and other interested parties from around
the world. Outside parties often come to our office
to do research on-site. We also edit and publish several
books and monographs each year. In addition, we post
and maintain a large number of World Wide Web sites
on NASA history.
In terms of the qualifications of the prospective
intern, we primarily want an enthusiastic person who
is a quick learner. Detailed prior knowledge of the
aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, but
a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these
topics is needed. Since we deal with the historical
aspects of science and technology policy, strong research,
writing, and editing skills are key. Thus, social
science majors who are interested in natural science
might be best, although we would be glad to talk to
any interested student.
Students must be U.S. citizens to be able to access our building easily so we are unable to hire citizens of other nations as interns.
Interns physically report to work in the NASA
Headquarters building in Washington, D.C., which
is easily accessible by public transportation.
We are flexible in terms of setting up specific projects
for the prospective intern. Some typical projects
include handling a wide variety of information requests,
editing historical manuscripts, doing research and
writing biographical sketches, updating as well as
creating a variety of Web pages, photo identification
and captioning, and archival arrangement, description,
and preservation tasks.
Please distribute this information to all interested
students. Overall, we believe that the right student
would find the substance of our work very interesting
and fulfilling, and it would be a mutually beneficial
For more information about what the NASA History
Program Office does, please see our Thinking
About NASA History site.
To apply, please send a resume,
writing sample (a recent research paper from a history
or other social science class is fine), and the name
and contact information of at least two personal references
(one academic and one work) to Dr. Bill Barry, email@example.com,
202-358-2866 fax. Include a cover letter indicating
when you would like to start and finish your internship, what days of the week and hours you would be available to work,
and when you are available for an in-person or telephone interview.
Also, please indicate whether you expect to receive funding from your state Space Grant Consortium or another source.
Winter/Spring Semester: previous October 30
Summer semester: February 4
Fall semester: June 1
Thank you very much for your interest.
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