CRESST Summer Internship Program

The CRESST partnership is planning to select between six and fifteen students, on a competitive basis, to participate in summer internships on-site at GSFC for the summer of 2011. These are nominally 10-week paid internships ($12.50/hr. for undergrads) for primarily undergraduate level college students attending US universities. Students need not be US citizens or permanent residents, however citizens from designated countries, for practical reasons, are not eligible to work on-site at GSFC. The standard internship period for 2011 will be June 6th through August 12th. Deviations from this specific period are possible with the agreement of the designated sponsor.

Applicants are selected on the basis of qualifications and motivation to conduct a bone 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. A sample list of GSFC-based scientists, within the Astrophysics Sciences Division, who have an on-going need for students, along with some information on the projects and required skills can be found at:: ASD Student Opportunities. However, provided student interests are in relevant research areas, CRESST will solicit interest from mentors beyond this list. To further exemplify the type of opportunities likely to become available, see last year's research project descriptions. For further information, contact the CRESST Program Manager.

Travel &/or Housing Requirements 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 your 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. Monthly rents run in the neighborhood of $500 - $1,000 per month. Most locations require use of public transportation or a personal automobile. CRESST can also assist with organizing car pools.

Internship Application Form

Internship Application Form (.pdf file)

To apply for a summer internship, go to the above link, complete and submit the form -- on or before February 7th, 2011.

(Last Updated: 1/19/11)