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About the Education Associates Program

NASA's Education Associates Program (EAP) offers students and faculty the opportunity to experience science and technology within the unique environment of NASA. EAP is a hands-on, immersive experience at a NASA center working with scientists, engineers and other program managers on NASA projects.

Who can participate

  • High school, undergraduate, or graduate students;
  • Pre-service or in-service K-12 teachers;
  • Post doctoral students; and
  • Faculty members.

Citizenship requirements

The program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent resident and legal resident aliens and foreign nationals where appropriate.

Academic Areas

The sciences, engineering and technology are the major areas of need and opportunity. However, the program has placed a number of students from the social sciences, business, communications, and arts and humanities.

Program requirements

  • Participate in and contribute to a project at a NASA facility;
  • Receive credit for the experience (academic credit is preferred, please make arrangements with your advisor in advance);
  • Submit and keep weekly reports;
  • Complete and submit a final report;
  • Participate in seminars and other educational events at NASA; and
  • Upon completion of the program, participants are encouraged to engage in public education and outreach functions.


The program operates year round and positions may start and end at any time.


  • The minimum appointment is 2 months with a maximum of 12 months, and
  • Positions may be part- or full-time ranging from 8 to 40 hours per week.


All selections of Education Associates are made by the NASA scientists and managers who sponsor positions and who are responsible for the projects on which Education Associates work. The selections are made from the pool of candidates on the basis of how well their experience, interests and skills match to position requirements. We encourage you to be very careful and thoughtful in completing your application to assure you receive full consideration.