In the summer 2017, this Director's Internship placement is also part of the Schaeffer Fellows program. Read more about that program here.
**Per NASA policy, this Director's Internship is only open to U.S. Citizens**
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NASA's vision: We reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind. To do that, thousands of people have been working around the world -- and off of it -- for more than 50 years, trying to answer some basic questions. What's out there in space? How do we get there? What will we find? What can we learn there, or learn just by trying to get there, that will make life better here on Earth?
NASA Headquarters, in Washington, DC, provides overall guidance and direction to the agency, under the leadership of the administrator. Ten field centers and a variety of installations conduct the day-to-day work, in laboratories, on air fields, in wind tunnels and in control rooms.
NASA is an Equal Opportunity employer. NASA does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
OLIA provides executive leadership, direction, and coordination of all communications and relationships, both legislative and non-legislative, between NASA and the United States Congress as well as state and local governments. The Outreach Division strategically educates and informs elected officials and their staff of NASA priorities, goals, and missions through a variety of methods by leveraging resources to achieve NASA strategic goals and objectives. This is accomplished through protocol for rocket launches, a variety of events on and off of Capitol Hill, tours at NASA Centers and NASA-related facilities, astronaut crew visits to Members of Congress, and courtesy outreach meetings to Congressional staff. There are also two other divisions, which are responsible for organizing Congressional hearings and legislative research and analysis.
WHAT TO EXPECT
OLIA interns will learn about how a federal agency’s legislative affairs office functions. Intern responsibilities will include: assisting with planning and executing events on Capitol Hill, researching legislation, Members of Congress, and Congressional districts, database entry, attending and analyzing Congressional hearings, and other administrative tasks as assigned.
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates should possess strong organization skills, excellent communication skills, a professional attitude, and an interest in the legislative process. Students majoring in politics, communications, or policy fields preferred. General interest in NASA is also desired, but in-depth knowledge about the agency is not expected.
All applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA; please include your GPA on your resume.
National Aeronautics & Space Administration Headquarters, 300 E St. S.W., Washington, D.C.
Summer (Full-time, 40 hours/week, 8 weeks minimum, flexible start and end dates, starting in late May/early June and ending in August)