ICONS Internships

Inspiring Clipper: Opportunities for Next-generation Scientists (ICONS) offers undergraduate internship opportunities to develop and sustain a diverse and inclusive Europa science community who will eventually lead the extended mission to Jupiter's icy moon.

Jupiter's moon Europa with an illustration of the Europa Clipper spacecraft in front of it.

Europa ICONS

The new Inspiring Clipper: Opportunities for Next-generation Scientists (ICONS) internships will bring members of the Europa Clipper mission team together with undergraduate students for 10-week programs that give students the opportunity to conduct original scientific research.

Internships may be in-person at the mentor's institution, virtual, or hybrid, depending on the research project and needs of the mentor and intern.

Near the end of the 10 weeks, students and mentors will convene for a two-day conference.

Interns will receive a $12,000 stipend for the duration of the program, and may be eligible for travel, housing, and relocation allowances, depending on the location of their research activities.

The first Europa ICON internship will run June 3-Aug. 9, 2024.

  • Student applications are due Feb. 2, 2024, and can be found on the NASA STEM Gateway by searching "Europa ICONS."
  • Mentor project proposals are due Dec. 18.

See below for more program details.

Questions? Contact Amanda Nahm, Europa Clipper deputy program scientist, at HQ-EuropaICONS@mail.nasa.gov.

Participation Information for Students

  • Enrollment as an undergraduate student at a U.S. degree-granting institution, including community colleges, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Graduation date in winter 2023 or later.
  • May be in person, fully virtual, or travel back and forth regularly.
  • Must be U.S. citizens.
  • Preference will be given to students at institutions without active participation in planetary spacecraft missions.
  • Provide resumes/CVs and transcripts and short description of interest.
  • Stipends of $12,000 for 10 weeks, with a travel/relocation stipend also possible.
  • Travel/lodging and related costs will be covered for the end-of-program mini conference.
  • Student applications are due Feb. 2, 2024, and can be found on the NASA STEM Gateway by searching "Europa ICONS."

Participation Information for Mentors

  • Must be U.S.-based and on the Clipper science team.
  • Provide NASA with research topic proposal, skills/background necessary for project, and skills learned through project.
  • Will be paid one month of salary to acknowledge work needed to mentor properly.
  • Travel/lodging and related costs will be covered for the end-of-program mini conference.
  • Will be responsible for getting the student access to labs, data, programs, etc. needed to conduct the research at their institution, and to help student identify local, affordable, and safe housing if necessary.

Requirements for Mentor Project Submission

  • Science projects, with clear hypothesis or science topic to be addressed. More than one potential project per mentor is allowed; please indicate how many interns can be supported.
  • About one paragraph per project, including: skills preferred, skills required, and skills the student would learn; whether the internship would be in-person, virtual, or a hybrid; and location.
  • A one-paragraph mentor's bio with photo, general description of research interests, mentoring experience, and mentor's web site, if available.
  • Availability for summer program.
  • Project ideas are due by Dec. 18 to Amanda Nahm, Europa Clipper deputy program scientist, at HQ-EuropaICONS@mail.nasa.gov.