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Prospective Students

What is the SCaN Summer Intern Project (SCaN SIP)?

The SCaN Summer Intern Project (SIP) is a 10-12 week summer experience where students perform hands-on training with real mission scenarios, gain exposure to powerful communication systems and networks software tools, and design and analyze space communications systems and networks.

Students are introduced to space communications knowledge and practices through their participation in the program over several summers. Each year, as the students’ engineering knowledge matures, their corresponding NASA activities and training increase in complexity. Students are gradually exposed to NASA space communication networks by modeling, simulation and design methods and tools. As they gain experience, they work on hands-on experiments in specialized areas of space communication and navigation. After completing the multi-year internship process, students are positioned and ready for co-op work or to be brought on as a new hire supporting space communications at NASA.

This project is open to all high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students who are pursuing a career in space communications or have an interest in this area.

Pictured above: SCaN SIP interns present their work to NASA HQ SCaN Management Team.


Educational Paths:

  • AerospaceEngineering
  • AstronauticalEngineering
  • Computer Science/Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • SoftwareEngineering
  • SystemsEngineering
  • AppliedPhysics
  • InformationTechnology
  • Finance
  • GraphicDesign
  • Mathematics
  • SupportServicesEducational


Above: Multiple Level Training Process.