CRESST II Summer Internship Program

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 2018. 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 2018 will be June 4th through August 10th. 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 II 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 II 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 II 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 II can also assist with organizing car pools.

Internship Applications

CRESST II 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 II 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, our 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

The projected deadline for Student Internship applications, for the summer of 2018, is March 1, 2018. For further information or questions, contact the CRESST II Program Manager.

2018 Summer Intern Program Highlights

Overview: Five Goddard Laboratories: Code 614, 662, 667, 693, and 698, posted more than 10 opportunities, in addition to the generic announcement on the CRESST II website, and garnered more than 300 applicants. Eleven students representing eight different universities were selected after going through a rigorous screening process. The Intern Program started on June 4th with the Goddard-wide orientation and badging. At the end of the day, the interns met for the CRESST II orientation from the various institutional representatives, followed by a ‘Meet and Greet’ reception with their mentors and the CRESST II staff. Wednesdays from 11:30-12:30 were reserved for the CRESST II Intern Brown Bag Lunch Talks, wherein a different mentor presented a talk on what their research was and what they were working on. Six of the mentors made presentations on everything from instrumentation to communications to the moon and exoplanets. The speakers also told the students some of the stories of how they had gotten into the sciences and to GSFC. Dr. Marcus Alfred of Howard University was the host for these talks, which were attended by our 11 students plus ~5-6 others outside of CRESST II. Goddard’s Science Jamboree took place on July 25th. The Interns’ Poster Session had an overwhelming turnout resulting in a two-day presentation, half of the over 400 posters on August 1st, followed by the second half of them on August 2nd. Other activities included tours of GSFC, ice cream socials, many talks, and interaction with many GSFC scientists who were always ready to answer questions or lend a hand.

Following posters were presented by CRESST II interns -


Student Name Host Partner Poster Title
Schlauderhaff, Shoshana UMBC "Expanding Fermi's Universe Through the Use of Graphics and Animation"
Afanasev, Dennis SURA "Stellar Flares on M-Dwarf Stars"
Cosby, Matthew SURA "Development of a Fine Pointing System for the Segmented Aperture Interferomic Nulling Testbed (SAINT)"
Hinkle, Jason UMBC "A Study of the Extragalactic Gamma-ray Binary LMC P3 with XMM-Newton and NuSTAR"
Jaramillo, Ximena SURA "Developing a Virtual Reality (VR) Environment of the Apollo 15 Landing Site on the Moon"
Kusnick, Brian SURA "Broadband Segmented Mirror Alignment"
Marcus, Jenna UMCP "Next-Generation Visible Nulling Coronagraph Mechanical Design and Component Testing"
McCardle, Brianna UMBC "Digital Restoration of the Apollo 11 Landing Site Map"
Taylor, Timothy UMCP "Modeling the Magnetic Field of the Milky Way"
Washington, Cassindra Howard "Django Unchained: Adapting Exoplanet Models to Create User-Friendly Web Tools"


By August 10th, most of the interns had left and it was time for the reports. It was a busy, educational, and enjoyable summer for all.

Updated: 2018-Oct-31

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