University of Virginia Advanced Computing Services & Engagement (UVACSE), in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Science and NASA, is sponsoring

The NASA-University of Virginia

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The Intensive Summer School for Computing in Environmental Sciences (ISSCENS) is an exciting opportunity for students interested in working with computational applications for atmospheric, ocean, climate, and other environmental sciences.  Students will acquire hands-on computing experience and basic training in software engineering and high-performance computing.

The program is open to graduate students and to undergraduates in their last year.  Motivated third-year students who plan to go to graduate school are also encouraged to apply.  A total of 20 students will be selected for the Summer School, of which 10 will go on to 8-week internships at NASA centers. No previous programming experience is required, as we will teach it starting from the basics. However, students should be interested in computing and intend to use it in their future research.

Those admitted to the summer school will be provided housing, two meals per work day, and an allowance for dinners and weekends. Also, student travel will be covered up to a maximum of approximately $750.

Students selected to attend the Summer School may be foreign nationals, but only US citizens can be NASA interns.

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  • U.S. Citizens:

Register an account at our application site. Do not submit your application materials here.

Then, complete an application at NASA’s OSSI site. Include all application materials to your OSSI application. Be sure to use the same email address at both sites. Please complete this step whether or not you think you will be interested in the internship.

Please note, you will not be able to search for “ISSCENS” on the OSSI website. Instead, apply to a NASA internship based on your research interests.

  • Non-U.S. citizens:

Please complete our application form. Include all application materials to this application. Non-citizens cannot be considered for internships with NASA.

Required Application Materials:

  • Information about specific courses or informal transcript as requested on application form.
  • Emails addresses for two references. Once the applicant’s part is completed and submitted, references will receive private URLs to access the recommendation forms.
  • Statement of intent: the applicant should write a short explanation of how the Summer School and Internship will fit into his or her personal career goals.

Dates for Summer 2014:

Summer School: May 28-June 13

Internships: June 16 – August 8

Application Deadline

The Deadline for the Internship Application for Summer 2014 Session has Passed