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National Space Club Scholars Program

The National Space Club Scholars Program is a summer intern program, for up to 36 high school students, with space scientists and engineers, sponsored by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (up to 28) and NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA (up to 8) in cooperation with the National Space Club. The program is conducted for six weeks each summer, from late June until early August.

The purpose of this program is to provide students with an opportunity to experience how research and development organizations operate on a day-to-day basis in direct support of NASA's mission to inspire the next generation of explorers. Participants will be assigned to work with a technical professional in a field related to the student's stated interests and expertise. The available areas of interest include earth and space systems science, computer science and engineering. Virtually all placements include computer applications, but biological laboratory experiences are not available. After completing the internship, students interested in pursuing aerospace-related fields are able to make more informed decisions regarding their university-level studies and career focus. Comments from some of the mentors, reflecting their appreciation of the program, can be found on the Mentors Page.

NSC scholars news and comments from some of the scholars about the program can be found on the Scholars Page.

The National Space Club provides a stipend of $1,800 to help defray transportation and meal expenses during this six-week summer program. Potential NSC Scholars:

  • must have completed sophomore year in high school in good standing by the end of the current academic year;
  • must be 16 years of age by the starting date of the program;
  • must be a U.S. citizen;
  • must live and maintain permanent residence within commuting distance of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, or the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (unweighted) on a 4.0 scale

The 2014 NSC Scholars Program will take place June 23 - August 1, 2014. Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2013 - March 1, 2014 at the following URL: https://intern.nasa.gov. Notifications of acceptance will be sent in early April.

For questions about the National Space Club Scholars program contact Diane Cockrell

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