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N3 Internship Information

Internship applications are now closed for 2022. Watch this site for news about 2023 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 2022 interns will complete at least 160 hours (one month of full-time work). 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 March 7, 2022. 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).

The application asks students to complete open-response questions. First, applicants will be asked to explain why they would like to have an internship with a NASA scientist and describe any previous experiences they have had with NASA topics. Applicants will also be asked to describe their strengths, interests, and hobbies and to describe settings where they work best and any accommodations they may need to help them be successful N3 interns. 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, please contact our N3 team at edeon@sonoma.edu . 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 NASA 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.
  • 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!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.


Internship FAQs

Please read this material carefully if you have a question about your eligibility for the N3 Internship Program. If your question is not answered here, you may contact our staff at edeon@sonoma.edu.

Q: Can a high school student apply if they are currently a freshman in high school?
A: We welcome applications from high school freshmen if they are at least 16 years old and have completed algebra and at least one year of a physical science (e.g. earth science, chemistry or physics).

Q: Is the internship only for autistic students? Does the student require an official diagnosis?
A: N3’s focus is on students who identify as autistic but you do not need an official diagnosis in order to apply. The requirement is that you identify as autistic.

Q: Is completion of algebra and physics science required for applicant /internship requirements?
A: Applicants must have completed algebra and at least one year of any physical science. This includes subjects such as earth science, chemistry or physics.

Q: Are students who are 18+ and high school graduates, but are currently taking time off from being fully enrolled in college, still eligible to apply?
A: As they are not yet in college and are older than 16, we encourage them to apply to our internship program. The only additional requirement is that the student has completed algebra and at least one year of a physical science course at the high school level.

Q: Is 16 years old the minimum age for the internship?
A: Yes, the minimum age for an intern to participate in our program is 16 years old. Prospective interns must turn 16 by June 1, 2022. If your student is not eligible this year, we will be hosting this program next year and applications will be advertised on our website at n3.sonoma.edu.
Q: Is this opportunity open to students in countries outside of the United States?
A: Only students located in the United States of America are eligible to apply.

Q: Does the required recommendation letter need to be from a school teacher or can it be from staff in an out-of-school time program?
A: Recommendation letters from staff at an out-of-school-time program are acceptable in lieu of a letter from a classroom teacher. This staff member should know the student well and be able to answer the questions listed in our teacher recommendation instructions. Please see the guidelines for these letters in “Information for Teachers” section of the webpage at https://n3.sonoma.edu/resources


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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! Applications for 2022 are now open. Applications are due by April 18th, 2022.

Application and information: https://med.stanford.edu

Stanford NNEA Core Committee

Applications are open for the 2022-23 NNEA Core Committee! Applications are due by 11:59 PST on May 25, 2022. Early submissions are encouraged, as interview invitations will be extended on a rolling basis before June 6, 2022.

Students will apply to specific sub-committees within NNEA including Public Relations, Social Media, NNEA Website, Speaker Coordination, Outreach and International Coordination. The application is open to incoming and current high school students internationally.

Responsibilities include helping to organize monthly NNEA meetings, participating in discussions, attending weekly NNEA meetings, encouraging outreach, and helping in the speaker search. Core committee members have a minimum commitment of one year (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023).

To apply, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/G56NBZyQHsSgmzQM8.

If you have any questions, email NNEA at neurodiversity-nnea@stanford.edu.

Vanderbilt Summer Internship: Research Experience for Neurodiversity

The application for Summer 2022 is now open for student volunteers at this link! The application for mentor interns closed at 11:59pm on Feb. 28, 2022.

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.

About N3

Learn more about N3 by watching our SciAct video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkeVM4gr3dk

Neurodiversity Resources

Neurodiversity Network - Provides resources for neurodivergent job seekers and neurodivergent students, employers & universities, & the support of the neurodiverse community.
Neurodiversity Hub - Provides resources to help with the transition from high school to college, and from college to the workforce.
AFIRM - A series of modules designed to train K-12 teachers and classroom aides to work with autistic students.
NSTA - Information about teaching students with autism.
Autismazing - Organizing seeking to improve college attendance and employment for autistic learners.
Top College Consulting - List of autism-friendly colleges.
Vanderbilt’s Frist Center for Autism and Innovation - This site has many resources for college students and those transitioning into the workplace.
Stanford Neurodiversity Project - This site has many resources for high school and college students who are neurodiverse.
Differing Abilities in STEM - March 25, 2021 seminar featuring Dr. Temple Grandin and other experts discussing how to create inclusive STEM environments so that students of all abilities can be successful.
AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org - Curated a guide that covers the unique difficulties autistic students face and how educators can respond to them.