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NASA Pathways Internships

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In comparison to other internship programs across NASA where your experience is temporary in nature and designed for you to get a feel for our work and our culture, the Pathways Intern Program is the only internship program at NASA that offers a direct pipeline to full-time employment at NASA upon graduation.  
 We strategically hire our Pathways Interns based on your long-term potential and alignment with NASA’s future workforce needs. 
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!


  • 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.

Application Procedure

How to Apply

All of our Pathways Internship vacancies are posted on 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 to create your profile, build your resume, and set up a notification that will alert you when our positions open.
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. 

Official Website: NASA Pathways Internships



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