N3 Internship Information

Internship applications are now closed. Come back next Spring for next year’s summer internship opportunities.

NASA’s Neurodiversity Network (N3) is looking for summer interns who want to work on projects with NASA scientists. The goal of the N3 program is to provide experiences for neurodiverse (ND) students, specifically those on the autism spectrum, that will spark their interest in careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Summer 2021 interns will complete at least 160 hours (one month of full-time work) between June 15 and August 15 2021. All internships will be completed virtually and interns will be paid a $1000 stipend upon completion of the internship.

All interns will be paired with a Subject Matter Expert (SME) from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Individual SMEs will have expertise in at least one of the following areas: Astrobiology, Astrophysics, Earth and Environmental Science, Heliophysics and Planetary science and exploration.

Information for Students

Please review the internship requirements below to see if you qualify. In order 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 teacher recommendation letter is required of all applicants. Full applications are due by April 15, 2021. Our guidelines for high school interns are as follows: Prospective interns must be current high school students 16 years of age or older. Preference will be given to students who are rising juniors or older but rising sophomores are invited to apply. Prospective interns must identify as autistic in order to align with N3’s mission. Prospective interns must have completed algebra, and at least one year of a physical science (e.g. earth science, chemistry or physics).

If you are interested and would like to apply, application forms are available at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfeqkE7EI1h9Ab0o0BEogoXgEFj72l5J_Qhj6B3-oeRnIh01Q.

The application asks students to complete two open-response questions. First, applicants will be asked to explain why they would like to have an internship with a NASA scientist. Second, applicants will be asked to describe a significant experience with remote learning in a STEM subject, and what they were able to gain from this experience. Prospective interns can submit their responses using recorded audio, written text, video, or submit written answers transcribed by a scribe. If there are other accommodations that would assist with your internship application process or employment experience, please contact our N3 team. We hope to learn from our N3 interns to build our understanding about the best ways to work with neurodiverse youth. The application will also ask:

  • Age/grade
  • Self-identification
  • Subjects completed in math/science
  • Interest in specific subject areas
  • Choice of open-response question (voice, video, written, scribe)
  • Access to/experience with technology

We encourage all interested high school students to inquire about internship requirements if they are uncertain if they qualify.


Information for Teachers

Please review the internship details and list of requirements below to determine if any of your students may be a candidate. In order for an application to be complete, we must receive a teacher recommendation letter which speaks to the student’s skills and interests in specific NASA subject areas. Because this will be a virtual internship, we also ask that the letter describe the student’s ability to accomplish work through remote learning. We encourage recommenders to share each applicant’s strengths and challenges with us so that the best possible internship placement can be achieved.

Our guidelines for high school interns are as follows: Prospective interns must be current high school students 16 years of age or older. Preference will be given to students who are rising juniors or older but rising sophomores are invited to apply. Prospective interns must identify as autistic in order to align with N3’s mission. Prospective interns must have completed algebra, and at least one year of a physical science (e.g. earth science, chemistry or physics). Interns will have the opportunity to complete open-response questions using recorded audio, written text, video, or submit written answers transcribed by a scribe. We encourage all interested high school students to inquire about internship requirements if they are uncertain if they qualify.

To complete your recommendation of a student for an N3 internship, please submit your letter to edeon@.sonoma.edu. Letters should answer the following questions:

  • What do you think this applicant would gain from an internship with a NASA SME?
  • What subjects/topic areas is the applicant interested in?
  • Describe any activities or courses the applicant is involved in that demonstrate interest in these subjects/topics.
  • What math and science courses has the applicant taken? How engaged were they in these classes?

If there are other accommodations that would assist with the internship application process or employment experience, please contact our N3 team. We hope to learn from our N3 interns to build our understanding of best practices for working with neurodiverse youth.


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Stanford Neurodiversity Project Summer Opportunity

Calling all U.S. high school students!

The Stanford Neurodiversity Project's Research, Education, and Advocacy Camp for High Schoolers (SNP-REACH) is a free, two-week summer camp for high school students across the U.S. to learn more about neurodiversity research and advocacy. Whether you’re already involved in neurodiversity advocacy, or new to neurodiversity and looking to learn more, we’d love for you to join us!

Application Link: https://tinyurl.com/SNP-REACH-Application

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Vanderbilt Summer Internship: Research Experience for Neurodiversity

The application for Summer 2021 is now open for student volunteers at this link! The application for mentor interns closed at 11:59pm on March 1, 2021.

Every summer from early June to late July, the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation runs a summer internship program called “Research Experience for Neurodiversity” (REN). Autistic and otherwise neurodivergent individuals are encouraged to apply, either as research interns or student volunteers. The research topics participants will investigate are all STEM-related, with a focus on physics, astronomy, and coding.