[Nfbnet-members-list] NASA is Looking to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing STEM Careers Through Internships

Kenneth Silberman kenneth.silberman at verizon.net
Tue Sep 15 13:32:26 UTC 2015

To Prospective NASA Student Interns with Disabilities,


NASA is looking to increase the number of students with disabilities
pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through
our regular internship programs. Disability means both physical and mental
disabilities. NASA has a two-percent hiring goal for employment of people
with disabilities and internships are a good way to get experience. However,
this is not an employment program. NASA jobs can be found at
<http://www.usajobs.gov>. Students can apply for Summer 2016 internships
starting in early November! The deadline for submitting applications is
March 1, 2016. We will begin extending offers to students in early 2016 and
will continue until all positions are filled. We encourage you to apply
early because the best opportunities are likely to be filled early. Plus,
your likelihood of being selected decreases the longer you wait. You can
register for an account anytime at the One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI):
NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS) at
http://intern.nasa.gov/. All material that you wish to have considered must
be uploaded to the OSSI website. No documentation will be accepted that is
E-mailed or snail mailed. Summer 2016 internships run for ten weeks for
college students and six weeks for high school students. All student interns
get paid. For example, last Summer, at Goddard college students received a
stipend of $6,000 and high school students $2,100. As an intern, you are
responsible for your own housing. NASA internships for college and high
school students are also offered during Spring, Fall and Year Long Sessions
through the OSSI website.


NASA has internships for high school students and for rising freshmen
through doctoral students in STEM fields. A rising freshman is a high school
student who has been accepted to an accredited institution of higher
learning, i.e., a college or university, at the time of the internship.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for college and
3.0 for high school; however, applicants must understand that the
competition for internships is keen. High school students must be at least
sixteen years old at the time the internship begins.


Internships are available at all NASA centers nationwide. Students can
submit a completed application whether they apply to an opportunity or not.
However, applying to opportunities has the advantage of allowing applicants
to be considered by mentors who work in disciplines of interest and at a
particular center. Applicants may apply to as many as fifteen opportunities.


For example, an opportunity having to do with the Solar Dynamics Observatory
(SDO) will be at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland because SDO is
located there. Not applying to an opportunity means that prospective interns
will be hoping that a mentor happens to read their applications rather than
directing their applications to mentors in fields and at centers of


Students who are selected for Summer internships will receive an offer
letter by E-mail sometime after January 15, 2016. They will then have five
days to either accept or reject the offer through their OSSI: NIFS account.
The offer will automatically expire after five days if no action is taken. 


Please feel free to contact me for more information or help with applying.


Kenneth A. Silberman, Esq.

U.S. Supreme Court, Maryland, & Patent Bars

B.A., M.Eng., J.D.

NASA Engineer & Registered Patent Attorney

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Voice:  (301) 286-9281

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E-mail:  kenneth.a.silberman at nasa.gov

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