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Summer 2020 NASA Internship Application Deadline: March 8, 2020
The Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) is an eight-week summer internship program for rising senior undergraduate students to acquire hands-on research experience in all aspects of a scientific campaign using one or more NASA Airborne Science Program flying science laboratories (aircraft used for SARP have included the DC-8, P-3B, C-23, UC-12B, and ER-2).
The NASA Airborne Science Program maintains a fleet of aircraft used for studying Earth system processes, calibration/validation of space-borne observations, and prototyping instruments for possible satellite missions. SARP participants will assist in the operation of instruments onboard an aircraft to sample atmospheric gases, and/or to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Research areas include atmospheric chemistry, air quality, forest ecology, and ocean biology. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. The program culminates with formal presentations of research results and conclusions.
Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year U.S. college or university. Strong preference in admissions will be given to current juniors (students who will be rising seniors during the summer they participate in SARP), however we have occasionally accepted outstanding sophomores and seniors. Graduate students are not eligible for SARP. Students from underrepresented groups and from academic institutions with limited research opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be US citizens.
Location: White Sands Test Facility
Audience: College Sophomore, Junior or Seniors and Graduate Students focusing on Business/Business Management
As an intern in the Projects Procurement office you will help administer and manage various contracts for a variety of supplies and/or services, ensure compliance with federal regulatory requirements and provide business advice to various NASA stakeholders. You will support and assist senior team members with price and cost analysis of contractor proposals, review and evaluate invoices to ensure accuracy prior to processing for payment, and coordinate, communicate and collaborate with other NASA stakeholders on technical and budgetary questions and needs related to various contract actions. Additionally, in this role you will review requests made by technical organizations and assist the senior Contract Specialist or Budget Analyst in determining the actions to be taken. This includes providing support in implementing those actions and following up to determine if they have been properly implemented. You will also attend staff meetings, special meetings, and briefings to better understand how our office supports the site and overall NASA mission.
Summer 2020 Intern at WSTF – Eddy Current Crack Detection Optimization and POD for Inconel Pressure Vessels
Location: White Sands Test Facility
Audience: College Junior and Seniors majoring in Aerospace/Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Math
Support Multipurpose Pressure Vessel Scanner (MPVS) flaw scans of Inconel® 718 COPV liners. Optimize Eddy Current (EC) Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) detection of surface-breaking cracks in Inconel® 718, enabling manufacture of ultralight COPV liners with support from the NASA Office of Safety and Mission Assurance NDE Development Program. WSTF can often detect smaller cracks than most manufacturers, even in wrapped COPV, and can map composite thickness or surface topology throughout. Using the scientific method, identify EC system settings to produce: (1) orthogonal flaw signal phase angle relative to noise and (2) optimized signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Optimize EC signal pass/fail threshold using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve detection optimization & false-call minimization. Develop technically complete standardized test procedures. Demonstrate and evaluate inspection capability per MIL-HDBK-1823a & NASA-STD-5009/5019 statistical methods. Report findings in an AIAA-formatted research paper.