Frequently Asked Questions

Program Information

Where can I find specific information about the dates of the program and the deadline to apply?

Look on the program details page.

Do you have a list of projects students will work on?

The work done by students is determined by our staff researchers. Accepted students will be introduced to their prospective supervisor, who will provide details.

Will I be paid for this experience?

Students will receive a monetary stipend that is comparable to summer internships at other U.S. astronomy institutions. Find more information about the stipend.

Application Details

I am not a U.S. citizen. May I apply?

Both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens who are students at foreign and domestic universities are welcome to apply. For non-U.S. citizens, we will assist you in obtaining a work visa if necessary.

Am I eligible to apply if I am not currently an undergraduate student?

While SASP is primarily open to upper-division undergraduates, other candidates may be considered on an individual basis.

Can I just send you my résumé and ask to be considered?

No. You must submit a full application. Internships will be promoted through our Career Opportunities website.

Will I receive a notification that my application has been received?

Once your application has been received, you will receive a notification at the email address listed in your application.

When will I know if I am accepted into the program?

You will receive an email when you are matched with a project.

Internship Logistics

Can I start the program early?

Unfortunately, you may not. 

May I leave early?

We expect students to spend the entire internship working for STScI, but you may be able to leave the program early. We realize that academic schedules vary significantly and that course schedules may not coincide for every student. We require that all students complete at least eight weeks of the 9-week program.

Do I have to pay my own way to and from Baltimore?

With a virtual program in 2021, transportation to Baltimore is not needed.

How can I contact you with additional questions?

Please email us at