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NASA JPL SpaceSHIP (Summer High School Internship Program)

By Keith Cowing
April 8, 2013
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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer High School Internship Program (JPL SpaceSHIP) is an 8-week internship designed for high school students, age 16 or older, who have demonstrated a strong interest in and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM). One of JPL SpaceSHIP’s objectives is to encourage pre-college students who have been traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields to consider such fields for their careers.
Students participating in JPL SpaceSHIP are provided an opportunity to do introductory research, work in a technical environment, and expand their computer skills under the guidance of NASA’s science, engineering, and technical professionals. Here are some examples of past projects SpaceSHIP students worked on:

* Developed strategies for social media web sites: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter- JPL missions and projects want to be part of social media too. Students worked with a variety of projects to create plans for connecting with the public on social media sites.

* Worked with databases and software: Several students tested and evaluated database systems. Another student helped develop procedures for software testing.

* Evaluated and updated data and computer models: Some students analyzed and classified science data. Others updated models for a future spacecraft’s flight path.

Participants will also have an opportunity to develop and prepare written technical reports and abstracts, make a formal final presentation, interact with students from diverse cultural backgrounds and participate in numerous enrichment activities while earning a stipend for the internship. Located in Pasadena, California, JPL is the leading NASA Center for robotic exploration of the solar system. More information about JPL can be found at

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