NASA CTSGC Sponsored Internship Opportunities

Overview

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 2022 and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (or a strong academic record) and be a US citizen.  Interns receive a minimum compensation of $7,000. 

Interested companies who wish to offer an internship, please contact the NASA CT Space Grant office at ctspgrant@hartford.edu.  You may also view our Internship Flyer for more information.

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.

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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 an academic advisor, faculty member, or past project advisor.  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 2022 Internship Project Proposals

Project Title:  Education & Programs

Location:  Connecticut Science Center, 250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford

Start/End Dates:  10 weeks, June-August 2022

Brief Description:  Summer interns will work with Connecticut Science Center staff to prepare and create materials for Educational programming. The programs will be both in-person and virtual on STEM topics specifically related to building awareness around STEM Careers and igniting passion for STEM learning. Interns 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. Additionally, interns will have the chance to work with external partners, help create digital content, interview STEM professionals, and plan for events.

Desired Job Requirements:  Full-time students during Spring 2022 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

 

Project Title:  Novel Anticancer Drug Discovery for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers (NSCLCs)

Location:  Synovel Laboratory LLC, 375 Morgan Lane, Unit 204, West Haven

Start/End Dates:  10 weeks, June-August 2022

Brief Description:  Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers (NSCLCs) is the most common 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 are 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 treatments are the development of drug resistance toward the drug over time. Therefore, there is a need for a 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 resistance.

Desired Job Requirements:  Desired: Have basic knowledge of organic chemistry, such as taken some organic chemistry class. Have some organic chemistry laboratory experience, such as organic chemistry lab class.
Preferred: Have some research experience, for example working with a professor on a research project. Know how to set up a simple organic experiment.
Required: Full-time students during Spring 2022 term enrolled in an academic affiliate college/university with a minimum cumulative GPA 3.0. U.S. Citizenship

Number of Students:  1

Project Title:  Novel Drug Discovery for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

Location:  Synovel Laboratory LLC, 375 Morgan Lane, Unit 204, West Haven

Start/End Dates:  10 weeks, June-August 2022

Brief Description:  Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is the most common form of idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, and it is characterized by a progressive decline in lung function, poor survival and limited therapeutic options. Multi-kinases inhibitor has been shown to have beneficial effect on the progress of IPF. The marketed drug Nintedanib is an example of this class. However, there is still issue with efficacy and drug safety with Nintedanib, which limited the extend of treatment for IPF patients. This project is focused on the design of novel multi-kinase inhibitor that can improve efficacy and safety profile for IPF patients.

Desired Job Requirements: Desired: Have basic knowledge of organic chemistry, such as taken some organic chemistry class. Have some organic chemistry laboratory experience, such as organic chemistry lab class.
Preferred: Have some research experience, for example working with a professor on a research project. Know how to set up a simple organic experiment.
Required: Full-time students during Spring 2022 term enrolled in an academic affiliate college/university with a minimum cumulative GPA 3.0. U.S. Citizenship.

Number of Students:  1

Project Title:  STEM Special Projects Expansion (K-12)

Location:  Hartford, CT

Start/End Dates: May 30 – August 30; 32 hours/week

Brief Description:  The Connecticut Invention Convention is seeking an intern to support a critical expansion initiative designed around creating an asynchronous learning experience that will reach thousands of CT students. This intern will help the CIC manage its relationship with an e-learning partner in facilitating the development of 20 learning videos to help train students and educators that are learning in asynchronous and/or non-traditional learning environments (e.g., afterschool programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.). In addition, this intern will assist the CIC in its deployment of several new STEM summer learning initiatives, including its innovation-focused summer camps. This internship will provide hands-on experiences supporting student education, the opportunity to meet and coordinate directly with business and tech executives from around the state, and an ability to help guide the direction of programs being supported. 

Desired Job Requirements:

Full-time students enrolled in an academic affiliate college/university. Pursuing a degree in a STEM field, Social Services, or in Education, with an interest in working with and supporting K-12 learners.

  • Education in Education and/or Social Services
  • Drivers license and ability to support some in-person events and programs as necessary (preferred, not required)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organization and project management skills
  • Passion for K-12 Education and Community Empowerment

A firm belief that innovation education should be accessible to all K-12 students

Number of Students:  1-2 for this project

 

Project Title:  Metal-based Additive Manufacturing Technologies

Location:  Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, East Hartford, CT

Start/End Dates: June 1 – August 1, 2022 (start/end dates can be flexible)

Brief Description:  CCAT is seeking an engineer capable of conducting a wide range of projects in support of the application and development of additive technologies for commercial companies, government programs and academia. Hands-on working knowledge of metal-based technologies is preferred. Intern will be exposed to wire-arc additive manufacturing (WAAM), directed energy deposition (DED), Powder Bed Fusion &/or Binder Jetting technologies, equipment operation, materials, and processes. Knowledge of CNC &/or robot programming and operation preferred.

Desired Job Requirements:

Full-time student during Spring 2022 term enrolled in an academic affiliate college/university in an engineering technology program. U.S. citizenship is required.
Exceptional hands-on and technical competency in the areas of metal additive manufacturing processes – from powder to post processing; additive equipment operation; able to read technical drawings and analyze and solve complex problems. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; proficiency with related technical and Microsoft Office software tools. Understanding of additive/welding metallurgy and metallographic preparation of samples, testing and analysis a plus.

Number of Students:  1

 

Project Title:  Technical Assistant to the Chief Technology Officer

Location:  Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, East Hartford, CT

Start/End Dates: June 1 – August 1, 2022 (start/end dates can be flexible)

Brief Description:  This is a unique opportunity to work directly with the CTO of CCAT. Over the course of this internship, you will:

  • Coordinate the initial process flow for the statewide Engineering Internship program **
  • Help to support and strengthen the business development strategy for organization re: federally-funded programs.
  • Develop successful working relationships with colleagues (internal) and collaborators (external) during program lifecycle.
  • Manage the meeting preparation and reporting for key federally-funded programs, strategic partnerships and industry collaboration.
  • Serve as the principal liaison and go-to focal point for day-to-day technical management of CTO Office

** Student interns will assist in the planning and delivery of a comprehensive cohort-based engineering internship program for college students throughout Connecticut. Responsibilities include: program coordination, administration and logistics, as well as working with students and employers (small to medium-sized manufacturers).

Desired Job Requirements:

Full-time student during Spring 2022 term enrolled in an academic affiliate college/university in an engineering, engineering technology &/or business program. U.S. citizenship is required.

Number of Students:  1

 

Project Title:  Technical Assistant to the Chief Technology Officer

Location:  Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, East Hartford, CT

Start/End Dates: June 1 – August 1, 2022 (start/end dates can be flexible)

Brief Description: CCAT seeking an intern to join our collaborative and passionate Workforce Innovations team, who enjoys projects with a workforce focus: employer* engagements and community connections. In this role, you will:

  • Help to support and strengthen the workforce innovations strategy for the organization
  • Develop successful working relationships with colleagues (internal) and collaborators (external) during program lifecycle
  • Manage the meeting preparation for our employer-led convenings and our community manufacturing career overviews
  • Complete data entry requirements for program reporting

* employer focus is on small to medium-sized manufacturers

Desired Job Requirements:  Full-time student during Spring 2022 term enrolled in an academic affiliate college/university in an engineering, engineering technology &/or business program. U.S. citizenship is required. 

Number of Students:  1

 

Project Title:  Community Based STEM Education and Program Development

Location:  Hall Neighborhood House, 52 George E. Pipkin’s Way, Bridgeport, CT

Start/End Dates: 10 weeks, June-August 2022

Brief Description: Summer interns will collaborate with the STEM Coordinator and the STEM program team to develop and implement summer STEM programming for youth at Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport, CT. Interns will prepare lesson materials, lead in-person STEM learning experiences, serve as mentors to young people, and help to maintain the STEM
resources and technology in the new STEM Space area (3D printers, laser cutter, vacuum forming machines, digital telescopes, etc.).

    Desired Job Requirements: Full-time students during Spring 2022 term enrolled in an academic affiliate college/university. Pursuing a degree in a STEM field or in Education, and an interest in working with children. Background in coding, 3D design, electronics on the level of Arduino and Circuit Playground, and engineering will be considered. Interest or experience in earth and space science, technology, biology, making STEM fun and engaging, and bilingual speakers are highly desirable.

    Number of Students:  2

     

    Project Title:  Graphic Design and Fund Development Intern

    Location:  Hall Neighborhood House, 52 George E. Pipkin’s Way, Bridgeport, CT

    Start/End Dates: 10 weeks, June-August 2022

    Brief Description:Design clear and engaging graphic reports and document lesson plans to support Hall Neighborhood
    House’s new STEM program. Conduct and report on qualitative and quantitative evaluations of STEM programming using various data collection instruments, such as pre and post surveys, focus groups, and interviews. Work with Hall Neighborhood House’s Development Office to craft engaging storytelling and evidence based analysis of STEM programs for various stakeholders. The intern will work with the Marketing Coordinator and Grant Writer. Established evaluation metrics are in place for the STEM Program. The intern will assist in presenting findings, learning, curriculum and more in engaging and easy to use formats and materials.

      Desired Job Requirements: Full-time students during Spring 2022 term enrolled in an academic affiliate college/university. Pursuing a degree in a STEM field, Communication, or in
      Education.

      Number of Students:  1

       

      Project Title:  Reverse Engineering- ME

      Location:  Windsor Locks, CT

      Start/End Dates: (Flexible) Summer, 8-10 weeks

      Internship Type:  Technical, Industrial

      Brief Description: Reverse engineering of aerospace parts involves obtaining design information and geometry of an existing physical part. The work will involve using hand tools, optical comparison and structured light scanning equipment to generate part geometry in a CAD format. The CAD file would be modified to incorporate desired design characteristics to be used in FEA or other analysis. The focus of this project is to obtain FAA certification for part use in general or commercial aviation or rotocraft.

        Desired Job Requirements: Full-time students during Spring 2022 term enrolled in an academic affiliate college/university in an engineering technology program. U.S. citizenship. Proficient in SolidWorks CAD Modeling.

        Number of Students:  1