Summer Fellowship Opportunities

Attention community college students! Spend your summer working alongside brilliant minds in engineering at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, including UC Irvine, Caltech, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Autonomous Systems Engineering Academy Program

Do you want to learn how to design, build, and fly a drone? Through this program, students learn the fundamentals of aerospace design, computer-aided design, 3D printing, basic electronics, and fabrication techniques. By working in teams under the guidance of graduate and undergraduate engineering and computer science students at the University of California, Irvine, students also gain experience with business plans, rapid-prototyping, and collaborative problem solving.

To learn more about what it’s like interning at UCI, check out this awesome video of the Summer 2019 cohort! Base 11 Fellow Will O’Connell also shares his experience in Engineering is the Right Choice for me


Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. Citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Minimum age 18
  • Actively enrolled in community college
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA for science, engineering and math courses
  • Completion of two college level calculus courses by June 2020
  • Completion of three science or engineering courses – one of which must have a laboratory component – by June 2020
  • Plans to return to a 2-year institution in Fall 2020

Additional Details

  • Participating students will receive a $4,200 stipend for the six-week program paid in two installments (week 1 for $3,200, and week 6 for $1,000).
  • Participants will work under the guidance of graduate and undergraduate UCI engineering and computer science students.
  • Participating students will collaborate with mentors to define, build, and test mini projects.
  • At the conclusion of the program, students will prepare a poster and technical oral presentation.
  • This is a residential program in which students are required to live on campus for the duration of the program.
  • Housing is included and is separate from the stipend.
  • Meals are not included.

National Air and Space Museum Preservation and Restoration Internship Program

Do you love aviation? Do you enjoy working with your hands? The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum holds over 60,000 artifacts and more than 20,000 cubic feet of archival materials. Over the summer, students gain exposure to experts in the field as they work on preserving, restoring, cleaning and caring for historic artifacts and engines.

Hear from Wei Oo, Skyline student who spent her summer in Virginia – Start your engines: Summer Engineering Experience gets students hand’s on the machines


In this summer program, students will gain a deeper understanding of aviation and space-related topics, learn the informal and informal education process, and gain exposure to well-known experts in the field. During this program, students will work in a hands-on environment by assisting in the cleaning and preservation of historic artifacts and engines while conducting preliminary research on artifact history and materials.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Demonstrated interest and aptitude in a STEM related field
  • Actively enrolled in community college
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Students must demonstrate a financial need
  • Engineering majors or students with engineering coursework or experience are preferred
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Students should have good dexterity/hand skills; experience with fabrication (basic woodworking, model making, or painting)
  • Ability and patience to perform repetitious tasks at a length’s time
  • Exposure to technical writing is helpful
  • Must complete a pre-employment background investigation


Additional Details

  • Participants will receive a $5,500 stipend for the 10-week program.
  • Students will be provided paid housing at George Mason University.
  • Students may receive up to $600 to cover air transportation, if needed.
  • Students will gain hands-on experience working with historic artifacts and will be exposed to new and important preservation techniques taught by industry-leading preservation experts.
  • Students will assist in the cleaning and preservation of engines while learning how engines work.

National Air and Space Museum Center for Earth and Planetary Studies Internship

Do you dream of exploring new frontiers in space? Through the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies Internship, students will help map the ridge morphology of Jupiter’s moon Europa in preparation for the Europa Clipper mission.


The upcoming launch of the Europa Clipper mission necessitates an increased emphasis on utilizing new approaches to understanding the formation of double ridges, which are some of the most ubiquitous features across Europa. In this summer program, interns will use georeferenced images from the Galileo spacecraft to digitize and characterize transitions in ridge morphology to try and link changes to a physical mechanism, process, or characteristic. The internship will be based in downtown Washington, D.C.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Actively enrolled in community college
  • Studying geology, geography, physics, astronomy, computer science, Earth/environmental science.
  • Strong computer and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge in computer programming
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Students must demonstrate a financial need
  • Must complete a pre-employment background investigation


Additional Details

  • Participants will receive a $5,500 stipend for the 10-week program.
  • Students will be provided paid housing at a university in DC.
  • Students may receive up to $600 to cover air transportation, if needed.
  • Students will use and improve skills working with ArcGIS software by digitizing and tracking feature locations, transitions, characteristics and morphologies

Aerospace Mentorship Program

Do you dream of launching to space? Through the Caltech Aerospace Mentorship Program, students will experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity as part of the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at Caltech (GALCIT).

Base 11 Fellow Nathan Sam shares his experience at the Caltech Summer Fellowship here. To read from a Caltech Fellow directly, check out this blog created by Base 11 student Elisa Shebaro.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Students should demonstrate an interest and aptitude in aerospace engineering and aviation,
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA


Additional Details

  • Participants will receive a total of $6,750 stipend for the 10-week program.
  • The approx. cost for housing if the student opts to live on campus is $2800-$3100 (to be deducted from total award), otherwise, the student keeps the total amount.
  • Students collaborate with mentors to define and develop a project.
  • Participants write research proposals for their projects, working with their graduate student mentors
  • The proposals and are reviewed by Faculty advisor
  • Students carry out the work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August
  • At the conclusion of the program, they submit a technical paper and give an oral presentation in the department modeled on professional technical meetings
  • For enrichment to the research experience, the participating students are invited to attend the following:
    • Informal talks and research group meetings with GALCIT students and faculty
    • Weekly seminars by Caltech Faculty
    • A professional development series sponsored by the Student-Faculty Program on developing a research career, graduate school admissions, and other topics of interest to future researchers
    • Various social and cultural activities
    • Special field trips

Blue Origin Summer Internship Opportunity

* This opportunity is geared toward engineering students at a four-year university and who are participating in the Base 11 Space Challenge. *

Do you have a passion for human spaceflight systems?  At Blue Origin, interns work directly under the mentorship of staff engineers to design, develop and construct human spaceflight systems. Each intern works on a real-world project in fields of mechanical design, fluids, aerodynamics, rocket propulsion, flight controls, electronics, avionics, enterprise software, flight software, human safety, structures, or systems engineering. Interns gain real-life experience that allows them to apply classroom learning to real aerospace challenges.


    Eligibility Criteria

    • Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

    • Students must also be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program and have at least one semester of school remaining after the internship.

    • Students should have at least one previous hands-on internship experience in engineering, or have worked with a hands-on engineering team on their college campus (such as rocketry, automotive, robotics)

    • Students who have obtained a junior or higher academic standing by the start of the internship are preferred.

     Additional Info

    • The start date is in May or June, and the program lasts 12 to 15 weeks.

    • Internships are available at Blue Origin’s headquarters in Kent, Washington, in addition to their facilities in West Texas and Cape Canaveral, Florida

    • Housing or a housing stipend is provided

    • Travel expenses to and from the internship location and your school or home are covered

    • Interns receive competitive compensation 

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