The NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP)

Robert Curbeam, March 5, 1962 United States Veteran of seven spacewalks

The NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program (IEP) is open to current students and individuals accepted for enrollment in qualifying educational programs. The IEP provides opportunities to work and explore careers while still in school. Intern appointments may be for indefinite periods without not-to-exceed (NTE) dates or appointments with NTE dates of up to one year. If you successfully complete an Intern appointment without an NTE date at NASA, you may be converted to permanent employment or term employment of up to six years.


To be eligible for NASA’s IEP, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;

  • Be at least 16 years of age;

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis;

  • Be pursuing a degree or certificate;

  • Currently have and maintain a 2.9 grade point average;

  • Be able to complete at least 640 hours of work prior to completing your degree/certificate requirements; and

  • Meet any other requirements described in the announcement (some IEP positions require you to be pursuing specific majors).

To Find Opportunities:

Federal agencies must post Intern opportunities on USAJOBS. You may go directly to USAJOBS to begin your search.

You may review current NASA IEP vacancies at Pathways Opportunities.

You may also create an account on USAJOBS and sign up to be automatically notified about vacancies meeting your interests.