Benefits of the Program

The majority of time as a Space Astronomy Summer Program student will be spent working on a directed research, outreach, or support project in partnership with a mentor. Our overarching goals for students are:

  • Hands-on experience with professional-level work in the sciences and space mission support
  • Exposure to the techniques and software relevant to your area of interest
  • To complete a portion of a project that leads to a significant result or has a significant impact on the astronomical community or the public

At the end of the program, students are asked to give a short presentation about what they have accomplished. Watch a few recent presentations.

The program also offers a variety of benefits, including:

Summer Lecture Series

What does it take to pursue a career in astronomy? The Space Telescope Science Institute has a broad range of professionals, which is why we ask members of our staff to give weekly lectures about their education and career paths in computer science, project management, education, and outreach. Lectures also relate to our missions, the practices of professionals on our staff, and the research done by our scientific staff.

Extracurricular Activities

For the 2021 Virtual SASP internships, we cannot offer activities and field trips.  However, we continue to encourage the interns to connect virtually with each other, sharing experiences and forging lasting friendships.

2019 SASP group photo