Student Application Deadlines
(Program Year 2021-2022)
- Application Period is Now Closed
(Program Year 2022-2023)
- Application will open 8:00AM MST, Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
- Application will close 8:00AM MST, Thursday, March 31, 2022.
In order to be eligible, students must be:
- citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions AND
- be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in a STEM field at NAU
This is a Fall/Spring Internship with the potential to continue into the Summer for some students.
Students graduating prior to the start of the spring semester of the internship are not eligible.
We particularly encourage the applications of women and under-represented minorities.
- Students can coordinate with a Mentor prior to applying to the program or submit an application and request us to match them with a mentor.
- You can also contact your advisor or a faculty member to find out possible research projects in your department.
- Check back at this site for a link to research projects we know of that are available for students.
- Complete your online NAU-NASA Student Application for Research Internship
- Applications will be reviewed by our Steering Committee in April and they will determine which projects are selected.
We typically receive 100+ applications for 25 openings.
- Notification of selection is mailed out by late April.
For Interested Students
Interested in become a NAU/ NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Intern? Here is how it works: Before the application due date, interested undergraduates (sophomores – seniors enrolled at Northern Arizona University by the start of the fall semester) submit an online application, which will be reviewed and ranked by the NAU/NASA Space Grant and University of Arizona NASA Space Grant Steering Committees. We also have a list available internship projects and their corresponding mentors, if you see a project you like you can specify this on your application.
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF AN INTERN?
Curiosity, motivation, professionalism, good communication, and a commitment to learn and contribute are a must. Internships begin with an orientation that takes place at the beginning of the academic year early in the Fall semester and culminate with a statewide Undergraduate Research Symposium at the end of the spring semester. These two meetings are mandatory. Several weeks in advance of the symposium, each intern is required to submit a brief abstract summarizing internship work for the formal symposium book of abstracts, and an associated PowerPoint presentation. Interns are also asked to complete tracking forms at the orientation and an online program evaluation at the end of the first semester. Attending the orientation, symposium, and submitting the few noted deliverables represents your commitment required by NASA Space Grant. All other commitments are defined and agreed upon by you and your mentor when you establish your working relationship at the beginning of the academic year.
MATCHING INTERNS TO MENTORED PROJECTS
After the selections are made, the process of matching the top applicants to the most suitable mentored project begins. The Steering Committee evaluates foremost the interests indicated on a student’s application. Experience and skills are also considered in making the match. Some limiting factors (e.g., ability to travel off campus) are also considered. The goal is to provide a new and rich experience to the applicant.
WILL I KNOW MY MENTOR?
Most students have no previous experience with any particular faculty member. However, some applicants (students and mentors) identify each other as desirable research/work partners prior to applying and so-indicate in their applications. If the student is highly ranked and is awarded an internship, they will be matched with that proposed mentor. Please note: having established such a potential mentor/student match in advance has no bearing on the evaluation. Students are selected entirely based on their own merit irrespective of the mentor applications.
HOW DO WE MATCH INTERNS TO MENTORED PROJECTS?
After the selections are made, the process of matching the top applicants to the most suitable mentored project begins. Our NAU/NASA Space Grant Steering Committee in collaboration with members of the Arizona Space Grant Consortium evaluates foremost the interests indicated on a student’s application. Experience and skills are also considered in making the match. The goal is to provide a new and rich experience to the applicant. The Committee ranks intern applications based on the content and quality of the applicant’s responses to three open-ended questions. GPA, motivation for applying, interest-level, potential, and involvement (work, volunteerism, other activities) are also considered. (Experience is NOT a factor in the selection process as the internship is designed to provide first research opportunities).
Before the application due date, faculty and professionals interested in mentoring motivated undergraduates submit an online application defining potential research, research & development, science writing, science policy, or science education project to be offered for student intern participation. The selection process is entirely student merit-based. It is only after the highest-ranked students are selected that the process of matching interns to the most suitable mentor application begins.
HOW IS THIS FUNDED?
This internship is funded by NASA Space Grant, and whenever possible, through the generous contributions of mentors. The NAU/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Internship program works hard to engage the largest number of students possible. Each year, we are able to extend the internship funding base to a larger group of undergraduates through much appreciated financial assistance provided by mentors who are able to full-fund or split-fund their interns. Interns may work may work a maximum of 10 hours/week ($12.15/hour) over the Fall, Winter and Spring semesters.
Thus, full-funding an intern for 30 weeks at 10hrs/week amounts to $3,600, while split-funding an intern (split funding indicates your funding will cover 50% of the student’s salary) amounts to $1,800.
The highest ranked (25-30) applicants are awarded NASA Space Grant Internships to work with faculty or professional mentors for the forthcoming academic year for 10 hours/week at $12.15/hr.