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2008 Fall and 2009 Spring Application Now Available!
2008 Summer Application Now Closed!

2007 LARSS Interns: Michael Pettito, West Virginia University,
and Andrew Long, Northwestern University

2008 NASA Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars Program
A Summer, Fall, or Spring Paid Internship Opportunity at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia

The Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) Program is managed for NASA by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) under the auspices of the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). The LARSS Program provides paid internship opportunities year round for eligible students during spring, summer, or fall sessions. Participants gain exciting hands-on research experience while working side-by-side with NASA’s finest scientists and engineers who serve as mentors at NASA Langley Research Center.

NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC), founded in 1917, is the nation’s first civilian aeronautical research facility and NASA's original field center. NASA Langley’s Mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics through research and development of technology, scientific instruments, and exploration systems. LaRC is also designated as the NASA Center of Excellence for Structures and Materials.

NASA LaRC invites rising undergraduate juniors and seniors, and graduate students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering (most fields, particularly aeronautical, electrical, chemical, and mechanical), mathematics, materials science, atmospheric science and other aerospace-related fields, as well as other majors that lend support to NASA’s mission in special project areas such as accounting, business, public administration, English, journalism, history, photography and media arts to apply for the LARSS program. Females and students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

This Center-unique program is intended to feed both NASA’s and the Nation’s workforce pipeline with students skilled in scientists and engineers, encourage high-caliber college students to both pursue and earn graduate degrees, and to enhance their interest in aerospace research by exposing them to the professional research resources and state-of-the-art facilities of LaRC. In addition, students will attend technical lectures and guided tours, network with peers and NASA employees, complete a technical report and participate in a poster session to present the results of their research activities.

The LARSS Program hosts more than 150 students each year through its spring, summer, and fall internships. Note that the summer is a 10-week session, while the spring and fall are 15-week sessions.

Stipend amounts are based on the 10-week summer session period of research. The 15-week spring and fall sessions are adjusted accordingly.

  • Graduate Students - $5,000
  • Rising Juniors and Seniors - $4,500
Bridge Student Stipends:
  • Rising Sophomores - $4,000
  • Rising Freshmen - $3,600
  • Rising High School Seniors - $2,500 for a 10-week session or $2,000 for an 8-week session


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Full-time student status at an accredited U.S. college or university (Community College students are invited to apply; selection is contingent upon matriculation into an accredited 4-year institution.)
  • Classification as a rising undergraduate junior or senior, or graduate student (master’s or doctoral level) by the start of the program
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
A LARSS “Bridge Program” option offers opportunities for select outstanding rising high-school seniors, college freshmen and sophomores who have previous NASA program experience and a 3.5 GPA to be considered for an internship at a reduced rate of pay. Previous NASA program experience includes programs such as the NASA SHARP Program, CHROME, NASA Governor’s School, and the Volunteer Services Program.

2008 Spring 15-Week Session:
Monday, January 7 – Friday, April 18, 2008

2008 Summer 10-Week Session:
Monday, June 2 – Friday, August 8, 2008

2008 Fall 15-Week Session:
Tuesday, September 2 – Friday, December 12, 2008

Please Note: You may apply to more than one session. Only the 2008 Spring Application is a stand-alone application. For all other sessions, you may apply for consideration of multiple sessions at the same time. If you choose to apply for multiple sessions at the same time, you must submit by the first session’s deadline. For example, if you are interested in the 2008 Summer session and the 2008 fall session, to save time you may click both sessions for consideration when you are submitting by the summer session application deadline. Otherwise, you may still apply for a later session, you would just have to complete a new application.

Note: Applications must be submitted by 12-midnight on deadline date indicated.

2008 Fall Session Deadline: Tuesday, April 15, 2008

2009 Spring Session Deadline: Friday, October 31, 2008

For questions, please contact either Program Coordinator or Program Assistant.




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Debbie Murray
LARSS Program Coordinator

NASA Langley
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Mail Stop 400-LARSS
Hampton, VA 23681-2199

Phone: (757) 864-5215
Facsimile: (757) 864-9701

Sarah Pauls
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Phone: (757) 864-4394
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