The NASA Student Airborne Science Activation (SaSa) Program at Howard University invites highly motivated rising college freshman and sophomores to participate in an 8-week, paid SaSa summer experiential learning internship.
Welcome to Howard's SaSa Program
The U.S. needs a diverse and highly skilled STEM workforce to build our climate resilience and mitigate against weather-related disasters. Howard's SaSa internship program draws on NASA SMD's (Science Mission Directorate's) experts, space-based observatories, and unique aircraft assets and the strong research expertise of Howard's interdisciplinary Atmospheric Sciences program to create a rewarding learning experience.
As part of the eight-week paid summer internship experience, students learn from NASA scientists and Howard faculty mentors about a range of topics such as basic remote sensing principles, atmospheric and environmental sciences, and data analysis. Students help operate aircraft instruments to sample atmospheric gases and/or image land and water surfaces. Participants receive a stipend and travel/housing expenses are covered.
The internship program builds on the work of Howard's NOAA Cooperative Science Center in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology (NCAS-M) to prepare students from traditionally underrepresented groups for rewarding careers in STEM. Students gain hands-on research experience, including flying onboard the NASA P-3 research aircraft to collect land, ocean, and atmospheric data and guidance to pursue graduate careers in STEM.
NASA Science Mission Directorate
The NASA Science Mission Directorate builds on NASA's science vision to "use the vantage point of space to achieve with the science community and our partners a deep scientific understanding of our planet, other planets and solar system bodies, the interplanetary environment, the Sun...and the universe beyond" and "partner with others to substantially improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education nationwide."
Hands-On Research Experience
During SaSa Airborne summer deployments, the NASA P3-B Aircraft will fly over the Howard University Beltsville Campus and other ground-based observation sites to acquire correlative data that can be used together with satellite data to study various atmospheric and environmental processes across the Middle Atlantic region. SaSa interns will be fully involved in the planning and implementation of the scientific research experiments along with the participating scientists from Howard University, partner institutions, and NASA Centers.