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How to get a Paid High School Internship at NASA
« on: February 21, 2019, 02:58:03 pm »
Sup people, do you have questions about how to become a paid high school intern for NASA? Are you looking for tips to boost your application? Or general information regarding pay, where to apply, eligibility, difficulty, locations, deadlines, GPA, essays and more?

I have done two high school internships at the NASA Kennedy Space Center, and many more during undergraduate and grad school. I'll be answering questions and giving feedback in this thread. AMA.

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Re: How to get a Paid High School Internship at NASA
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2019, 08:25:51 am »
In case anyone else has the same question, here is one someone asked on my IG:
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Hola, Im a girl from Puerto Rico and I saw your video of the Nasa intership. I was wondering if the language is a obstacle,Im defende my self in english, but wolf they accept me?!

My reply:
¡Hola! Mucho gusto conocerte. English was not my first language either when growing up in Puerto Rico but the more I practiced it, especially after being flown to the United States, the better I got. You can learn anything and it's only a matter of time. So do not let that stop you. The great thing about the application and essays is that you can take your sweet time to write it. Así que, puedes escribirlo, pedirle ayuda a tu maestro de inglés, y usar el internet para corregir cositas como la gramática.

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Re: How to get a Paid High School Internship at NASA
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2019, 02:42:58 pm »
I finished my NASA internship application a few days ago. The 15 projects i chose all said available of course. Do people who applied earlier for these same projects have a better chance than me?

Also is there anything i can do after submitting which could improve my chances. I know for normal jobs they say you should contact the recruiter and thank them? Or something along those lines

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Re: How to get a Paid High School Internship at NASA
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2019, 01:33:01 pm »
Also how long should i expect to wait to get an offer? Will i be notified if i dont get an offer?

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Re: How to get a Paid High School Internship at NASA
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2019, 04:08:44 pm »
Hi Osiiris, congratulations on putting together your application and maximizing your 15 opportunities. As for when you might hear back will depend widely. I am a very proactive person so if I have not heard anything in a week, I drop an email and check up on my status. That definitely payed off for me. The sure thing though is that you will only be notified if you get an offer.

From the perspective of a mentor, I might factor in an early submission time stamp as a plus. This is because it shows the student was proactive and decisive. It could work as a deciding factor between two top students. However, what is more important are their skills and experiences. Usually there is a clear distinction, since no two students are alike.

It may be possible that a mentor has already set their eye on a candidate that has applied early and is already pulling strings to bring them on their team. However, if the mentor has not yet sent an offer letter to a student, then I expect any other incoming applications to be weighed equally competitive.

So, I wouldn’t worry about it. But whenever I have had the chance, I apply early.

Now let’s discuss what you can do after submitting the application to increase your chances. Well NASA internships are a normal job. Just a short 2 to 4-month job. Like any other job, it is definitely a great idea to reach out to recruiters and if possible, even mentors directly.

At NASA the HR folks in charge are called internship program coordinators. Each space center and facility have one. Their contact information is floating online.

For example, this site has information for the program coordinator of JPL. https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/intern/apply/summer-internship-program/

Based on the job/project description you might be able to identify what lab is involved or better yet who the mentor is by searching online.

Ok so you found a POC for one of the projects you applied to. Now what do you write in the email?
The email you send can be like a job application, where the email body is a cover letter explaining how you found the job, your experiences, and why you are interested in that position. Let them know you would like to discuss opportunities to work on the project with the mentor. Then attach an epic resume and wait a week before following up.

Keep asking questions. Again, welcome to the community.

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Re: How to get a Paid High School Internship at NASA
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2019, 04:17:30 pm »
Thank you so much! This is all very helpful information. I will be sure to ask any future questions here.