[nfbmi-talk] NASA Looking To Increase Number Of Students With Disabilities Pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Terry D. Eagle terrydeagle at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 11 13:39:17 UTC 2015

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is Looking To Increase
Number Of Students With Disabilities Pursuing Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers through our regular internship
programs. Disability means both physical and mental disabilities. NASA has a
two-percent hiring goal for employment of people with disabilities and
internships are a good way to get experience. However, this is not an
employment program. NASA jobs can be found at 




Students can apply for Summer 2016 internships starting in early November!
The deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2016. We will begin
extending offers to students in early 2016 and will continue until all
positions are filled. We encourage you to apply early because the best
opportunities are likely to be filled early. Plus, your likelihood of being
selected decreases the longer you wait. You can register for an account
anytime at the One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI): NASA Internships,
Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS) at:



Summer 2016 internships run for ten weeks for college students and six weeks
for high school students. All student interns get paid. For example, last
Summer, at Goddard college students received a stipend of $6,000 and high
school students $2,100. As an intern, you are responsible for your own
housing. NASA internships for college and high school students are also
offered during Spring, Fall and Year Long Sessions through the OSSI website.


NASA has internships for high school students and for rising freshmen
through doctoral students in STEM fields. A rising freshman is a high school
student who has been accepted to an accredited institution of higher
learning, i.e., a college or university, at the time of the internship.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for college and
3.0 for high school; however, applicants must understand that the
competition for internships is keen. High school students must be at least
sixteen years old at the time the internship begins. 


Internships are available at all NASA centers nationwide. Students can
submit a completed application whether they apply to an opportunity or not.
However, applying to opportunities has the advantage of allowing applicants
to be considered by mentors who work in disciplines of interest and at a
particular center. Applicants may apply to as many as fifteen opportunities.


For example, an opportunity having to do with the Solar Dynamics Observatory
(SDO) will be at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland because SDO is
located there. Not applying to an opportunity means that prospective interns
will be hoping that a mentor happens to read their applications rather than
directing their applications to mentors in fields and at centers of


Students who are selected for Summer internships will receive an offer
letter by E-mail sometime after January 15, 2016. They will then have five
days to either accept or reject the offer through their OSSI: NIFS account.
The offer will automatically expire after five days if no action is taken. 


Contact: Kenneth A. Silberman, Esq. 

Phone: (301) 286-9281 

Email: kenneth.a.silberman at nasa.gov

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