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The Scientific and Engineering Student Internship (S.E.S.I.) Program at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD)
Heliophysics Science Division

A 24-year program dedicated to training the next generation of scientists and engineerings

We are accepting applications now for summer 2017. Submit your resume and statement of interest to Teresa.Nieves at, and follow the instructions from "How do I apply?" below.

What is SESI?

The SESI program is a cooperative program between the Physics Department at the Catholic University of America (CUA) and the Heliophysics Science Division (HSD) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

SESI provides qualified students with exciting research opportunities and the chance to work with mentors (the scientists, engineers, and researchers of GSFC) in the areas of solar and heliospheric physics, data analysis and computational modeling, building space hardware, and many other scientific fields.

In addition to research, students attend weekly lectures from senior scientists, tour Goddard's facilities, and can participate in optional weekend activities in the Washington, D.C. area such as park/trail hiking and museum tours.

Who should apply?

We accept talented and highly motivated students; SESI strives to offer opportunities to a diverse population of students who are dedicated to their research and interested in a fun and engaging summer program.

How do I apply?

Visit NASA's One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) at . You can create an account, search internship opportunities, and submit your applications all in one location on the OSSI site. OSSI is currently open to US Citizens. However, other funding and application options may be available to lawful permanent residents and foreign nationals who are interested in SESI, usually at the request of GSFC mentors. Contact Dr. Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla, CEPHEUS Director of Education, at for additional information.

What NASA missions could I work on?

Some current projects/missions include: Advanced Composition Explorer, Community Coordinated Modeling Center, Deep Space Climate Observatory, Magnetospheric Multiscale, Solar Dynamics Observatory, Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, sounding rockets, smallsats, and many more!

These are some pictures of our past interns:

2016 SESI Summer Interns

From right to left: Myo Thu Ya Aung (Queensborough Community College of The City University of New York), Dr. Richard Fisher (SESI Lecturer), Tun Myat (Queensborough Community College of The City University of New York), Albert Hsiung (University of California-Berkeley), Binh Le (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Sean Malone (University of Maryland), Daniel Jiang (University of California Berkeley), Alexandra Wold (American University), Collin Van Son (Pennsylvania State University), Hayley Austin (Johns Hopkins University), Michael Greklek-McKeon (University of Maryland, College Park), Anna Voelker (The Ohio State University), Evan Frangipane (University of California, Berkeley), Amalia Gjerloev (University of Richmond), Bryan Yamashiro (University of Hawai'i).

2014 SESI Summer Interns

Back Row (from left): Quincy Flint, Alexandra Angelo, Jenna Zink, Victoria Janus, Taylor Schiewe
Front Row (from left): Emily Sobel, Dhanesh Krishnarao, Sarah Bender

2013 SESI Summer Interns

Front Row (from left): Elise Donkor,Emily Sobel, Katya Gilbo, Kenton Miller, Dhanesh Krishnarao, Quincy Flint, Josh Bryant
Back Row (from left): Corey Koller, Zak Titus, RJ Aylward, Jack Lasota, Anthony Pritchard, Michel Romano, Nicholas Shield

2012 SESI Summer Interns

Front Row (from left): Figen Oktem,Laura Dunlap, Andrea Karelitz, Ashley Jones
Middle Row (from left): Rachel Hetlyn, Albert Ryou, Tareq Alosh, Axel Burgos, Justin Boblit

2011 SESI Summer Interns

Front Row (from left): Natsuha Kuroda, Patrick Zhou, Claire Kuang
Back Row (from left): Nicholas Shields, John O'Neill, Tareq Alosh, Sam Schonfeld

2010 SESI Summer Interns

Front Row (from left): Shea Hess Webber, Nishu Karna, Samantha Sanders, Tina Henning, Caitlyn Quinn, Vanessa Napoli, Shawn Doria, John Yoritomo
Back Row (from left): Patrick Zhou, Katie Pazamickas, Adam Jacobs, Jeff Hatef, John O'Neill, Tim McEvoy, Richard Schaefer, Alex Takeda, Freddie Romano

2009 SESI Summer Interns

Front Row (from left): Adam Davis, Nishu Karna, Jon Conti-Vock, Peter Sebrechts, Alvydas Civinskas
Back Row (from left): Freddie Romano, Riguel Fabre, Chris Moore, Patrick Zhou, Richard Schaefer, Katie Pazamickas

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Final Summer Research Presentations

"Finding a Home at NASA" by a 2006 SESI Intern

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