N3 Internship

About the N3 Internship

Each year through 2025, NASA's Neurodiversity Network will accept applications for high school summer interns to work on projects with NASA scientists. The goal of the N3 program is to provide experiences for neurodiverse students, specifically those who identify as autistic, that will spark their interest in careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

All interns will be paired with a Subject Matter Expert (SME) from NASA's network. Individual SMEs will have expertise in at least one of the following areas:

  • Planetary Science
  • Earth Science
  • Space Science
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science

The work schedule will be mutually agreed upon by the intern and the SME. Internships will be completed remotely during Summer 2024 and N3 interns will receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of their internship. Students are expected to complete approximately 100 hours of work over the internship period.

If you have questions about eligibility or application details after reviewing this webpage, you can contact our team at n3internships@edc.org.

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Information for Students

Mentor and student with rocketPlease review the internship requirements below to see if you qualify. To apply, we must receive your application and a letter of recommendation from a teacher who can speak to your skills and interests in specific areas related to NASA subjects. A recommendation letter from a teacher or another professional is required of all applicants. Full applications are due by March 8, 2024. Applicants will be notified of their application result during the week of April 8th.

Guidelines:

  • Prospective interns must be current high school students 16 years of age or older. Preference will be given to students who are currently juniors, but sophomores and seniors are also invited to apply.
  • Prospective interns must identify as autistic to align with N3's mission.
  • Prospective interns must have completed pre-calculus, and at least two years of physical science courses (e.g. earth science, chemistry or physics). Note that in the past, applicants who have completed a calculus course and two years of physical science have been most likely to be selected. If you have not yet taken these classes, please consider reapplying next year.
  • Summer 2024 interns will complete at least 100 hours between June 1 and September 1, 2024. Upon completion of their final projects, interns will receive a $1,000 stipend.

Prospective interns may submit their responses using the linked application form or submit recorded audio, written text, video, or written answers transcribed by a scribe. If there are other accommodations that would assist with your internship application process, please contact our N3 internship team at n3internships@edc.org. We hope to learn from our N3 interns to build our understanding about the best ways to work with neurodiverse youth.

Information for Recommenders

Student and mentor building JiggyBotPlease review the internship details and list of requirements above to determine if any of your students may be a candidate. For an application to be complete, we must receive a teacher recommendation letter by March 8th, 2024. We encourage recommenders to share each applicant’s strengths and challenges with us so that the best possible internship placement can be achieved.

To complete your recommendation of a student for an N3 internship, please upload it here or email it to n3internships@edc.org.

Letters should answer the following questions:

  • What previous experiences, personal qualities and/or interests make this applicant a good fit for an N3 internship?
  • What do you think this applicant would gain from an internship with a NASA SME?
  • Describe any activities, courses, or examples of work completed by the application which demonstrate their interest in NASA subjects/topics and their preparedness to complete an N3 summer internship.
  • Are there any accommodations or virtual workplace strategies that you implement to best support this student? Please share with us. This includes recommendations on meeting frequency, communication styles and preferences, executive functioning challenges and/or particular strengths in self-management. We want to support all N3 interns as completely as possible!

Information for Prospective Mentors

Interested in being a 2024 mentor? Download the recruitment flyer below:

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