Internship Opportunities

NASA/California Space Grant Consortium Microcomputer & Robotics Internship

The MESA Program & UCSD/NASA Space Program invite you to join a team of Southwestern students to learn from on this project-based experience!

Projects will be centered around the use of low-cost programmable microcomputers (Arduino based) to collect, store, and transmit in-field sensor and GPS locator data, as well as drive a controller. Previous projects included onboard experiments involving near-space ballooning, launch vehicles, small satellites, remote controlled aircraft, and ground robotics. Non-aerospace projects included wearable sensor vests or helmets for sports and health monitoring, or earth science experiments. 

The UCSD/NASA Space Program will provide participants with:
  • $650 scholarship award for each participant
  • Arduino kits and supply stipends for team projects
  • Fieldtrip to a California NASA Research Center
  • NASA Webinars from CA Space Grant Affiliates
  • Faculty mentoring

Are you interested in applying your creative ideas?

Contact: MESA Program Director, Mourad Mjahed, at if interested in joining.

*Only students who are U.S. Citizens will be able to receive these scholarship awards. Students who are non-U.S. Citizens may still participate in the projects.

For additional information visit: California Space Grant Consortium

Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Internship 

NIWC Summer Research Internships focus on interdisciplinary projects in various STEM fields. Interns recieve hands-on experience as members of a research group, carrying out fundamental work in areas pertaining to NIWC Pacific.

Open to ALL qualified Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) students.

  • Internship stipend is $5,000
  • Participants must be available for 15 to 20 hours per week from June 6 to August 5
  • Internship will be conducted virtually

In person: submit your current resume, Student Education Plan (SEP), and unofficial transcripts to the administrative office of the School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (Room 60-125), or
 these documents to - subject line: NIWC Internships

Deadline to apply is Thursday April 28, 2022

Selected candidated must be available on campus for a 30 minute in-person interview on Friday, May 13, 2022 (between 8:00am and 12:00pm)

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants may be majoring in any of the following:

  • Astronomy
  • Biology/Biotechnology
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Computer Science (recommended completion of Math 130 & Math 230)
  • Engineering (all fields)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Other requirements:

  • Completed some college level Math and Physics (Math 250 and Physics 270 preferred)
  • Plans to transger to a four-year institution (does not need to have applied yet)
  • 3.0 or above GPA preferred
  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Dual citizenship not eligible
  • Must enroll in CWEE class (BUS 290)