Summer Apprenticeship Program
(formerly the Summer Internship Program)

Summer Apprenticeship Program at NASA Centers
NSBRI's Summer Apprenticeship Program provides the opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, veterinary or medical students from across the country to join ongoing project activities and gain hands-on experience in space biomedical research at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, or Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. The 2015 Summer Apprenticeship Program begins May 26 and ends Aug. 7. Applicants MUST be available during these dates.

Since 1998, 214 students representing more than 97 colleges and universities have participated in this 11-week program. The program pays apprentices a stipend of $6,600. Housing and travel, including local travel, are the responsibility of the apprentices.

Here are some comments from the 2014 apprentices concerning their summer experiences in the NSBRI apprenticeship program:

Easily one of the greatest and most fulfilling experiences of my life.
Brian Ramos University of Rhode Island
This apprenticeship was an excellent opportunity to become directly involved in the cutting edge of space life science research.
Joseph Butterfield Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

NSBRI gave me the opportunity to work on critical projects for NASA and to move my career forward.
Ryan Dowdy University of California-Davis

My summer at NASA's Johnson Space Center was incredibly enjoyable and one of the best experiences of my life!
Katelyn Burkhart Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Harvard Medical School

I learned more and met more amazing people than I ever could have imagined.
Lauren Ryan The George Washington University

Why wouldn't you want to work for NASA? - NSBRI has opened my eyes to many opportunities I thought would be unobtainable.
Andrew Schilb University of Missouri - Columbia

Going above and beyond the traditional internship experience.
David Temple University of Houston

A chance to gain research experience in a unique environment where your work can help advance the future of spaceflight.
Rebecca McFadden Florida Institute of Technology

Research with NASA has provided me with an eye-opening exposure to many issues that need solving, though before I had not even known them to exist.
Calvin Miller The University of Alabama

You get to work on real NASA projects with real NASA people.
Tessy Lal University of Houston

The best part of my NASA internship was the NSBRI program. The support and unity among the NSBRI apprentices was unrivaled by any other program I saw during my stay at NASA.
Hannelle Fares Rice University

One of the most unique and best experiences of my professional career.
Zach Donoviel Auburn University
Applicants must have completed their sophomore year of college by the start of the Summer Apprenticeship Program. The program is only open to U.S. citizens. Applicants must be available during the program dates.

How to Apply

To be considered for this program, applicants must complete the online application which is accessible each year beginning October 1. As part of the online process, applicants must upload a CV or resume and a letter of interest. All documents must be submitted in PDF format. Applicants are responsible for obtaining one letter of recommendation, which must be submitted through NSBRI's online system. Note: Once an online application is uploaded (including uploading the resume or CV and letter of interest), the applicant will receive a URL to the online recommendation system. This URL should be provided to the individual who is writing the letter of recommendation. The person writing the letter of recommendation will be able to upload his/her letter here. The URL will only be available once an applicant fully submits an online application.


The deadline to complete the application process for the 2015 program is December 31, 2014. Applications must be completed by the deadline to be considered for review. Faxed or emailed letters of recommendation will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed in early 2015 and applicants will be informed of their acceptance status by early March, 2015.

NSBRI is scheduled to begin accepting applications for the 2015 Summer Apprenticeship Program on October 1, 2014.

Additional Information
For more details, please visit the Apprenticeship FAQ.

To complete an online application for the 2015 NSBRI Summer Apprenticeship Program, please click here

2014 NSBRI participants with extreme-climate researcher and former NASA Astronaut, Scott Parazynski, MD.
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2014 participant experiencing the Barany chair.
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