Summer 2021 NASA CTSGC Sponsored Internship Opportunities


NASA CTSGC, is in collaboration with Connecticut-based industries and organizations, is identifying full-time summer internship opportunities for student applicants; these are being posted on the website as they arrive.  This will be a rolling deadline for applications, which are now being accepted.  Eligible students should indicate specific projects or companies of interest.  Students are required to work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks at their internship site; virtual internships will be considered.  Applicants must be a full-time student at an affiliated academic institution during the spring of 2021 and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be a US citizen.  Interns receive a minimum compensation of $6,000. 

Interested companies who wish to offer an internship, please contact the NASA CT Space Grant office at

Technical, Industrial, and Educational Internships

Technical Internship:  Priority given to community college students enrolled in an Associate’s degree or Certificate program at an affiliated academic institution are eligible to apply. If space is available internships may be offered to 4-year institution or graduate students.

Industrial Internship:  Undergraduate/Graduate students enrolled at an affiliated academic institution are eligible to apply.

Educational Internship:  Undergraduate/Graduate students enrolled at an affiliated academic institution are eligible to apply.


Application Procedures

To apply for a Technical, Industrial, or Educational Internship please submit the online application here:  Internship Application

The following information will also be required when you apply.

    1. Applicant Contact/Demographic Information (this information is utilized for NASA reporting only)
    2. Proposal Information
      1. Narrative – 3 page maximum
        1. Why are you interested in an internship?
        2. Why should you be selected for this opportunity?
        3. Describe how your interest/experience will be enhanced by this internship.
        4. How will this internship enhance or contribute to your long-term academic and career goals?
        5. Please list all technical courses you have taken that may be helpful to hiring managers in considering you qualifications.
        6. Please explain your interest in your top 3 project choices.  How does each project fit with your current interests and/or proposed career goals?
        7. What has been the extent of your contact with CT industry, particularly the company you are interested in working with? (Please indicate the name of any individuals with whom you have been working/speaking.)
      2. One Letter of Recommendation (internal or external) – One letter must be from the research project supervisor.  All recommendation letters need to be signed and on institutional letterhead.  Faculty who wish to submit confidential letters of recommendation may use the online system.
      3. Resume/Curriculum Vitae – One-page maximum.  For team proposals please submit a resume/CV for each team member.
      4. Student Transcript – Official is preferred; however, unofficial is acceptable if availability at the time of submission is a problem.

For more information on Technical, Industrial, or Educational Internship program, please see the Student Request for Proposals Booklet.

Applications and internship placements will be accepted and determined on a rolling basis.

Internship opportunities will be listed below as they become available:

Summer Internship Project Proposals

Project Title:  Support of Additive Manufacturing Development Programs

Location:  East Hartford, CT 06118

Start/End Dates:  Open

Brief Project Description:  Assist CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center’s Additive Manufacturing Team in commissioning newly acquired industrial additive manufacturing systems, process development, and customer projects using state of the art robotic and conventional metal and polymer 3D printers.

Desired Job Requirements:  This is a hands-on opportunity to participate in building and operating the work cells and will involve the following skills:  robotics/automation, additive manufacturing, welding, CAD design, using basic metal working tools, data collection and analysis.

Number of Students:  1

Project Title: Choline and Geranate Deep Eutectic Solvent (CAGE) as Broad-Spectrum Antiseptic Agent 

Location: 375 Morgan Lane, Unit 204, West Haven, CT 06516

Start/End Dates: Jun 2021 to Aug 2021 

Brief Project Description:  Antiseptics play a crucial role in the battle against infections by providing a means to prevent the spread of infections by cleansing skin. Currently the FDA approved 29 antiseptic ingredients, including benzalkonium chloride and povidone-iodine. There is a pressing issue of emergence of drug-resistant bacteria that make the currently available antiseptic agent being ineffective towards infection. There is a clear unmet medical need for novel antiseptic agent that can tackle drug-resistant bacteria. A unique formulation of choline, geranate, and geranic acid eutectic solvent (CAGE) is discovered and proven to offer characteristics of a new class of broad-spectrum antiseptic agent. In this project, we will study the synthesis of different kind of CAGE and examine the anti-bacterial activity towards drug-resistant strain (for example gram negatives or MRSA).

Desired Job Requirements:  Some experience in organic synthesis 

Number of Students:  1

Project Title: Novel anticancer drug discovery for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers (NSCLCs) 

Location: 375 Morgan Lane, Unit 204, West Haven, CT 06516

Start/End Dates:  Jun 2021 to Aug 2021

Brief Project Description: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers (NSCLCs) is the most comment type of lung cancer. There are 3 sub-type of NSCLC, Adenocarcinoma, Squamous cell (epidermoid) carcinoma and Large cell (undifferentiated) carcinoma. The most common causes are smoking and pollution. There is a number of drugs approved for the treatment of NSCLC over the years, for example Gefitinib, Afatinib and Osimertinib. The major problem for patients using those treatment if the development of drug resistant toward the drug over time. Therefore, there is a need for new generation (namely the 4th generation) of drug that tackle the drug resistant issue. This project is focusing on the design and synthesis of novel class of compound that is particularly targeting point mutation that resulted in drug resistant.

Desired Job Requirements:  Some experience in organic synthesis

Number of Students:  1

Project Title:  Education and Programs

Location:  250 Columbous Boulevard, Hartford, CT 06457

Start/End Dates:  10 weeks, June-August 2021

Brief Description:  Summer interns will work with CSC staff to prepare and create materials for Educational programming.  The programs will be both-in-person and virtually on STEM topics specifically related to building awareness around STEM Careers and igniting passion for STEM learning.  They will be part of a dynamic team developing and delivering engaging programs on the floor of the Science Center on a variety of science topics to a public audience, including families, adults, and children.

Desired Job Requirements:  Full-time students during Spring 2021 term enrolled in an academic affiliate college/university with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.  U.S. Citizenship.  Pursuing a degree in a STEM field or in Education, and an interest in working with children.

Number of Students:  1