CRESST Summer Internship Program


From 2007 through 2016, CRESST organized a summer internship program, in parallel and coordination with NASA/GSFC's Office of Education. GSFC is in the process of re-competing the umbrella CRESST cooperative agreement (i.e., CRESST II). Therefore, until this new cooperative agreement is awarded, we will not be able to make summer internship commitments for the summer of 2017. However, we can accept applications for 2017, and, following the award for CRESST II, every attempt will be made to identify research opportunities and to evaluate, select, and match internship applicants with these research opportunities.

We expect this process to begin in January, 2017 – after NASA/GSFC makes the CRESST II award. We expect CRESST II will select between six and fifteen students, on a competitive basis, to participate in summer internships on-site at GSFC for the summer of 2017. These are nominally 10-week paid internships, $6,000 for undergrads and $7,500 for graduate-level students, primarily but not exclusively for undergraduate level college students. It is expected all students would be attending U.S. universities. Students need not be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. However, citizens from designated countries, are not able to work on-site at GSFC, and therefore are ineligible for this internship program.

The standard internship period for 2017 will be June 5th through August 11th. Deviations from this specific period are possible with the agreement of the designated mentor. Applicants are selected on the basis of qualifications and motivation to conduct a bona fide research-related project in conjunction with a GSFC-based Ph.D. research scientist in one of the space science disciplines. During the screening and review process, we will attempt to match applicants with appropriate GSFC scientists and projects. To exemplify the type of opportunities likely to become available, see sample research project reports from previous years.

Travel and Housing for Non-Local Students

Students selected for a CRESST Internship, who are not local to the Washington DC metropolitan area, depending on individual need, may request financial assistance for round trip travel expenses. CRESST will reimburse allowable round-trip travel expenses between students' home or university and Greenbelt, MD, normally up to a maximum of $500. This does not apply to those whose permanent residence is in the DC-Baltimore area.

For those needing assistance, CRESST can provide a number of housing leads or referrals for good places to find housing for the summer. (This link also contains information on local transportation). Monthly rents in the neighborhood are typically $500 - $1,000. Most locations require use of public transportation or a personal automobile. CRESST can also assist with organizing car pools.

Internship Applications

CRESST operates its internship program in conjunction with other similar programs at NASA/GSFC. Since all students are expected to work on-site at GSFC, applicants to the CRESST Internships must apply through the NASA-wide OSSI (One Stop Shopping Initiative) website. This website enables students to apply for internships and fellowships throughout NASA, including here at GSFC, but is limited to U.S. citizens. If you are a U.S. citizen and a student affiliated with a US college or university, register at the above site, submit all the required application materials, and you may apply for up to 15 different listed opportunities -- at NASA/GSFC or at other NASA Centers. In your essay, please include the acronym "CRESST." In that way, the review committee can find your application and consider you for your chosen internship, as well as match you with other opportunities that may become available at the last moment.

For foreign national students and green card holders (ONLY!), not from the designated countries, please use the application form(s) below (US nationals must use the OSSI application process):

Internship Application Form (.doc file)

Internship Application Form (.pdf file)

The projected deadline for Student Internship applications, for the summer of 2017, is February 24, 2017.

For further information or questions, contact the CRESST Program Manager.

(Last Updated: 11/4/16)