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Opportunities in Aerospace

Hi all!

If you clicked on this post then that means you want to work in Aerospace. I was once in your shoes and I know how overwhelming it can feel to look for opportunities. I've compiled a list of some great opportunities to know about. I have not just included internships, but also some lesser known programs and competitions that can help you land that internship you've been dreaming about!

Many of you often ask me, what are some ways to get experience if we've never had an internship or are struggling to get one? These are a great way to do just that!

Please open up the links for the opportunities you qualify for in order to look at deadlines. If the deadlines have passed, then keep these in mind for the future.


Si no es ciudadano/a estadounidense, vaya a la última sección denominada "Open to Most" para conocer las oportunidades abiertas a estudiantes internacionales.

High School

Texas High School Aerospace Scholars


  • U.S. citizen

  • Texas high school junior

  • Committed to a one-year relationship with NASA

  • Internet access (from home, school or public library)

Western Aerospace Scholars


  • Must be High School Student interested in pursuing STEM

  • Upon completion, scholars are invited to participate in a multi-day experience that provides the opportunity to work with STEM professionals, NASA scientists, University students, and STEM educators.

CURIE Academy


  • One-week summer residential program for high school girls who excel in math and science

Community College

National Community College Aerospace Scholars


  • Currently enrolled community college students.

  • Must be a high-school graduate and at least 18 years old.

  • Concurrent enrollment in or completion of nine or more hours of science, technology, engineering and mathematics coursework.

  • Open to U.S. citizens.

  • Students must be available for the five-week online workshop period (requiring a total of about 20 hours of work).

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For more information find listing under University section.

L'SPACE Academy

For more information find listing under University section.


NASA Aeronautics Design Challenge


  • US Institutions Only

  • A minimum of two undergraduate students may form a team.

  • Foreign students may participate with their team from a US institution.

  • Graduate students may enter as individuals, but teaming is strongly suggested.

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  • Each prospective team member must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning (junior college, community college, college, university) at the time the proposal is submitted.

  • Team members must be 16 or older before arrival in Houston.

  • All participants MUST be U.S. Citizens.

  • All teams must have a supervising faculty member.

  • All primary team members MUST attend all test week events, including the Orientation and Test Readiness Review.

  • Primary team members may participate with one team only in the same challenge or test week.

  • Teams may enlist the support of students at any grade level, faculty members, professional consultants, etc. However, only primary team members may participate in the test week at JSC.

L'SPACE Academy

  • Students must be enrolled in a US college or University (may be open to international students, please inquire if you're interested).

  • Students must have access to a computer with internet, webcam, and headset capabilities

  • Must have time to devote an additional 4-hours per week, beyond the online session requirements, towards team projects.

Open to Most

Human Exploration Rover Challenge


  • Open to High School or College Students.

  • Open to International Teams.

Space Apps Challenge


  • Max. 6 members per team.

  • Open to International Teams.

JPL Invention Challenge (canceled for 2020)

Each year, a different engineering challenge is selected.


  • Open to JPL employees and contractors, their family members, and students from Southern California middle and high schools.

NASA Intern and Fellow Opportunities for International Students:


  • Currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) in a topic relevant to NASA's mission priorities.

  • Maintaining high academic standing.

  • Demonstrating an active interest in the U.S. space program.

  • Communicating Proficiently in English

Lunar and Planetary Institute Intern Program


  • Open to Foreign Nationals

  • Must show English Proficiency. This may be in the form of a Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, or a letter from one of the professors in the English department at your university confirming that you have sufficient spoken and written English language skills, to successfully participate in our internship program.

  • You will be responsible for U.S. taxes.

NASA Academic Mission Services (NAMS) Student Research & Development (R&D) Program


  • Vary. Check with the program about specific citizenship requirements.

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