**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)
2017 Intern Reflection:
Working with the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at NASA Headquarters has been an incredible experience. I have had the opportunity to research legislation, attend congressional hearings, conduct hearing analyses, write policy memos, help organize events on the Hill, and assist in other significant tasks. Prospective interns should prepare to be very organized and anticipate working with quick turnaround deadlines on assignments. Understanding Congressional processes and engaging with both the social science and technology communities at Harvard definitely helped me prepare for the tasks assigned, as well as become familiar with NASA’s research. While there will always be something fascinating to learn about how Congress functions and the work that NASA does, engaging in similar activities would definitely be a great start for those interested in working at NASA OLIA.
This is great internship for students who want to understand, from an inside perspective, how the legislative affairs office of a federal agency functions. Members of the NASA OLIA team have been very open to answering questions about their career experiences as well, which is something I have certainly valued and gained a lot from. I have also expanded my understanding of the intersection of technology and policy greatly, especially by taking advantage of the outstanding resources available at Headquarters, and would encourage anyone with a similar interest to consider applying.
Laura Doherty '19