NASA Cooperative Education Project

This program offers an opportunity to combine academic studies with on-the job training and experience.

Sponsor: NASA


The NASA Cooperative Education Program is open to doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students from the United States. As co-ops, students alternate semesters at school with semesters at NASA centers. Students work in paid positions directly related to their field of study. A few of the benefits of participating in the project are: Enhanced academic knowledge; a diverse, paid work experience; applied classroom theory in a practical, real-world environment; and a great opportunity for full-time employment after graduation.


To be eligible for this project, students must: Be a U.S. citizen; Be available to work a minimum of three work terms at a NASA center prior to project completion; Be enrolled in their college/university cooperative education program; Have completed at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of study; Be in good academic standing at their school; Meet the 2.9 minimum grade point average.

How to Apply

To be considered, students should apply through their university's co-op program office. NASA has established agreements with many colleges and universities.  When a vacancy occurs, NASA notifies the college/universities and solicits them to recommend students for consideration. You may also apply by directly contacting a NASA Center. Each Center has a different application process and requirements for participation. Please contact the Center and/or Centers that most interest you in order to learn more about the Co-Op application procedures at their particular location.