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ABoVE Airborne Data Fusion Summer Internship at Goddard

NOTE: We have expanded this internship opportunity to allow juniors and seniors in college to apply, as well as graduate students.


Between April and October 2017, the ABoVE Airborne Campaign (AAC) surveyed over 4 million km2 in Alaska and northwestern Canada with instruments aboard ten aircraft.  The ABoVE campaign seeks a highly motivated and organized student to complete a data fusion project using at least two or more of the airborne instrument data sets available from the summer 2017 campaign. Internships are 10 weeks long from June through the beginning of August and conclude with a Goddard-wide poster session showcasing your results. Applications can be submitted now through March 1st 2018.


To learn more and apply:

1.      Go to (Do not use Firefox)

2.      Click on the "Search Opportunities" tab (without registering or logging in) and,

3.      Enter “ABoVE Airborne Campaign Data Fusion” into the keywords field (last field on the search page)


Is it paid position?

This is a PAID internship. For a 10 week internship, graduate students receive $7500, will undergrad students receive $6000.


What are the start and end dates?

The internship runs June 4th through August 10th, 2018.


How does this fit into ABoVE?

The student(s) will work with Liz Hoy and Peter Griffith, both of the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office, and could also reach out to other ABoVE researchers as needed/if available. If you have a data fusion idea which includes measurements from two or more of the airborne instruments used during the summer 2017 campaign, please consider applying! Results will be shared with the ABoVE science team, and can contribute towards an undergraduate thesis, or Masters/PhD research. 


When do I need to apply?

Students must apply by March 1st, so start the process now!


Are housing and transportation provided?

Students are responsible for finding their own housing and transportation while they are at GSFC.  The internship program (OSSI) provides information about housing options; they have an intern communication site where students post information about housing and transportation so they can find roommates and share transportation.  Usually many of the interns have cars and are looking for someone to help share the commuting costs. Also, students make their own way to GSFC at the start of the internship –no stipend is specifically available for travel to GSFC or the return trip.


I will say that we have had a few interns over the past few years, and they have all commented that there are many options available for housing and transportation (commuting with a friend, buses, bikes, etc.) in the area.


With apologies, U.S. Citizenship (either by birth or naturalization) is required in order to apply in OSSI to be a NASA intern or fellow. If selected, students will be asked to provide proof of citizenship before the internship or fellowship begins. If students have questions regarding their citizenship, please refer to the U.S. Department of State website. ( A Permanent Resident Alien (PRA) or Legal Resident is not considered a U.S. citizen and is not eligible for NASA student opportunities available through OSSI.