Most of our technology development PIs hire students and postdocs, on average three or four per project, totaling many dozens to date. This helps train the future astrophysics workforce. As can be seen in the quotes below, the Program is making a deep impact on these future technologists, and through them promotes astrophysics missions over many decades to come.
NASA internships and fellowships leverage NASA’s unique missions and programs to enhance and increase the capability, diversity and size of the nation’s future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Internships are available from high school to graduate level. Internships provide students with the opportunity to participate in either research or other experiential learning, under the guidance of a mentor at NASA.
Emma Mirizio came to the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland as a high school summer intern in the Astrophysics Projects Division (Code 440) in 2016. She supported the technology management team, explored about Gravitational Waves, and prepared Hubble Space Telescope outreach material for local high school students. Previously, she had been a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) camp leader. Her successful internship focused her interest in space and astrophysics so she returned to Goddard and worked on solar winds, aurora measurements, and a suborbital project on a different summer internship. She then attended the University of Maryland and received her Bachelors degree with dual majors in Physics and Astronomy. She will continue her love of science by pursuing her PhD.
The Astrophysics Project Division typically has two high school students each summer to inspire them to start their careers in STEM. Emma is an excellent example of an outstanding intern who is on the path to become a great future astrophysicist. We are very proud of Emma and wish her the best in her continuing science endeavors.
Hello, Earth Kids! NASA provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions.
Make a scale model of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope using easy-to-find supplies and our printable materials.
Download the paper model instructions, or build a model of Spitzer using Lego building blocks.