NASA Pathways Internships
We strategically hire our Pathways Interns based on long-term potential and alignment with NASA’s future workforce needs. Specializing in multi-semester experiences, the Pathways Internship Program prepares you for a career at NASA and offers a direct pipeline to full-time employment at NASA upon graduation.
In addition to the Pathways Internship Program, there are many other exciting types of internship opportunities at NASA—check out intern.nasa.gov or view the internship brochure below for more information!
NASA Pathways Internships
If you have a passion for our mission and feel the calling to change the history of humanity, the Pathways Internship Program is a great way for you to launch your career with NASA!
What We’re Currently Recruiting For
Applications for our next cycle will open on September 11th, 2023 on USAJobs. Once open, NASA Pathways vacancy announcements on USAJOBS can be accessed at the link here.
Who We’re Looking For: NASA Pathways Internships
We’re looking for students who are captivated with our Vision, Mission, and Core Values and embody characteristics integral to NASA’s success. Top candidates are well-rounded students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate curiosity, team-orientation, excellence, a passion for exploration, agility, and resilience. Prior experience is not required!
The Experience: NASA Pathways Internships
As a Pathways Intern, we invest in you on purpose—assigning you with challenging, meaningful work aligned with your academic or career interests, providing you with life-long learning and growth opportunities, and cultivating a supportive community that offers you a home away from home.
Careers after Graduation
Throughout your Pathways Internship, you’re given the autonomy to define your own career trajectory at NASA. At the beginning of your internship, we will work with you to develop an “Individual Development Plan” that will help put your experience and path in your hands by defining assignments, training events, and learning opportunities that will help you achieve your career goals.
As you get closer to graduation, we will evaluate your experience and consider you for full-time employment that would begin after you complete your degree. No additional job applications needed!
Types of Internships: NASA Pathways Internships
Engineering, Science, and Technology
- GS-899: Engineering
- GS-1399: Physical Sciences
- GS-0099: Safety & Occupational Health
- GS-199: Social Sciences
- GS-299: Human Resources
- GS-399: Administration and Program Management & Analysis
- GS-599: Accounting & Budget
- GS-1099: Communication & Public Relations
- GS-1199: Procurement and Contracts
- GS-1599: Math & Statistics
- GS-2299: Information Technology
Where We Work
There are several NASA centers located across the nation engaged in a variety of work. For examples of the work that our interns perform across the country, take a look at our Facebook and Instagram accounts.
All Pathways Interns must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Be a U.S. citizen;
Be at least 16 years of age;
Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis in an accredited educational institution and maintain enrollment at least half time as defined by the institution;
Be pursuing a degree or certificate;
Currently have and maintain a cumulative 2.9 grade point average on a 4.0 scale;
Be able to complete at least 640 hours of work prior to completing your degree/certificate requirements; and
Required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
Required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.
Vacancies also require that applicants be available to begin work between a predetermined timeframe, typically the subsequent two semesters following the closing date of the vacancy for which you applied.
How to Apply: NASA Pathways Internships
All of our Pathways Internship vacancies are posted on USAJobs.gov. Each vacancy lists multiple NASA Center locations and has different educational requirements (e.g., specific academic majors). To begin the process, follow these steps:
Step 1: Do your research. Learn about the type of work performed at each of our NASA facilities so that you’ll be able to find where you’d best fit at NASA based on your academic and career interests.
Step 2: Prepare your application. Visit USAJobs.gov to create your profile, build your resume, and set up a notification that will alert you when our positions open. Check out our tips below for building your resume:
Step 3: Apply to a vacancy during the open application window. When you apply, be sure to apply to the vacancy that aligns with BOTH your academic major and preferred geographic location(s) in order to route your application to the type of work you’re interested in. Take a look at our Applicant Guide for lots of information on what to expect during the application process.
Click here for more information on writing your resume, the assessment, application and hiring FAQs, and more.
How should I write my resume when applying to a Pathways Internship?
NASA wants to get to know you and see your story – so be clear and concise, but elaborate! Your resume is your best opportunity to demonstrate what sets you apart from other applicants. Write your USAJobs resume in a narrative format, where you highlight your accomplishments by using the CAR method (Challenge/Action/Result).
Interviews and selections typically occur within three months of your initial application. As you prepare to apply to our program during the next application window, connect with us via our social media accounts listed above!
For other NASA internship opportunities beyond the Pathways Intern Program that may have different application deadlines, please visit intern.nasa.gov.
Pathways Informational Videos playlist
Who are our interns? NASA Pathways Internships
If you have specific questions, please contact the appropriate NASA Center Pathways Team for more details.
Pathways Program Points of Contact
- Ames Research Center
- Armstrong Flight Research Center
- Glenn Research Center
- Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flight Facility, and The IV&V Facility
- NASA Headquarters
- Johnson Space Center & The White Sands Test Facility or visit the JSC Pathways Program site.
- Kennedy Space Center
- Langley Research Center
- Marshall Space Flight Center
- NASA Shared Services Center
- Stennis Space Center
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