Minimum Eligibility:

  • Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2014, or a recent graduate (since spring 2010).
  • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2015.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.
  • Have not previously been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
  • Have not previously attended a four-year institution.


Website: NASA/APL Internship ProgramOur Work APL Civil Space


Since 2004, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has offered summer projects to students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities at APL. Students participating in the NASA/APL Internship Program will work at APL, and will make critical contributions to current and future missions or grants during their assignments in the Space Department. The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a not-for-profit center for engineering, research and development. APL is a division of one of the world’s premier research universities, Johns Hopkins. The 399-acre campus, 20 miles north of Washington, DC, is home to 4,100 men and women who work on more than 400 programs that protect our homeland and advance the nation’s vision in research and space science.


      • have a demonstrated interest in the space program
      • be a sophomore, junior, senior, or first or second year graduate student in Fall 2012
      • be in high academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or greater)
      • be a U.S. citizenStudents participating in the NASA/APL Internship Program must:Deadline: Jan. 28, 2013

NASA Academes

Website: NASA Academes

Deadline: Jan. 23, 2013

National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCCAS)

Website: National Community College Aerospace Scholars

Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Website: Virginia Space Grant Consortium and particularly for Community College Students

International Research Experience for Students at CERN (IRES)

    • Website: International Research Experience for Students at CERNGeorge Mason University (GMU), with the support of a National Science Foundation (NSF) International Research Experience for Students (IRES) grant, will sponsor five undergraduate students for a Summer program of research and study at CERN.Eligibility:

      Participation is open to students at member institutions of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area and the Northern Virginia Community College. Preference in the selection process will be given to STEM students who, by Summer 2013, have senior-class standing, have taken a course in quantum mechanics, or have advanced computing and/or engineering skills. For additional details, please consult: application procedure can be found at:

      Deadline: Jan. 10, 2013

      This year, the program will run from 17 June to 16 August, 2013. To be considered, complete applications must be received by Thursday, 10 January 2013. Selected students will be contacted before Thursday, 17 January 2013, and offers must be accepted by the end-of-business Tuesday, 29 January 2013.


    • Department of Commerce

      Website: Department of Commerce Internships Program

      Deadline: Jan.31 – summer; July 1- fall; Dec.1 – winter


    • The Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS)

      Website: The Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Program

      The Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Program is a paid, unique, highly competitive, year round (3 sessions — fall, spring, and summer) research internship program for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). For 25 years, the LARSS program and the NASA Langley Research Center have helped preserve U.S. leadership in engineering and science by providing exceptional students the opportunity to work with Langley researchers on some of the Nation’s most important, difficult, and challenging problems that require multi-disciplinary and collaborative solutions. LARSS is also a nationally ranked internship program. In 2011, the staff of Vault-Career Intelligence reviewed over 800 national internships and named LARSS one of its top 10 best internship programs.


      Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship; full-time student status at an accredited U.S. college or university; classification as a rising undergraduate junior or senior, or graduate student (master’s or doctoral level) by the start of the summer session; and a cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

      The 10-week summer session begins on Monday, June 4, and ends Friday, August 10, 2012. Students participate in a variety of tours, lectures, and social events designed to achieve the “outcomes” established for the LARSS program. The summer session culminates with students presenting the results of their research in a variety of forums to various audiences.


    • National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

Website: National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition (NSSSC)