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.
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.