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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of CAARE?

The primary goal of CAARE is to expose students and grad students to various projects associated in the scientific field. Ultimately, the hope is to familiarize interns and employees with necessary programs they will need to use in their respected fields after they graduate.    

Where will my work location be?

You will have the option of applying at either NASA AMES located in Moffett Field, California, or at NASA MSFC in Huntsville, Alabama. They both consist of different working environments, but have the same overall steps in completing and presenting a project.

How long does the internship last?

The general allotted time frame is 10 weeks during the summer, however those with special circumstances or schedule limitations can request a change in start or end dates with their program advisor.

How will the projects be presented at the end of the internship?

Both NASA locations have an intern poster session at the end of the summer. Interns will be required to create a scientific poster, and present their finding to colleagues, NASA faculty, and others who attend the event. This poster can be used for future scientific gatherings, such as American Meteorological Society (AMS), American Geophysical Union (AGU), and other surrounding conferences. In addition, those working at MSFC will need to write a paper regarding their research. This is to obtain practice in writing scientific entries, and even get published in journals related to the research topic.

Will I pick my own project or will it be assigned to me?

Generally, it depends on the choice of their mentor. However, if the topic is assigned interns will get to implement their ideas and make it their own, because the point of working on these advanced scientific projects is to be able to think critically about them. 

Will the work be done in groups or individually?  

Your mentor or employer will decide what they think is best for the overall project, but there is usually both group and individual work components. 

Is housing and travel paid for?

If you are traveling away from home and require housing during the time of your internship, it will be your responsibility to find and pay for it. However, travel reimbursement is available. See here for more details about it.

When are paychecks distributed?

In most cases, there will be two paychecks; one will be mailed after one month of working in the internship, and the other is mailed the following month.

Is there any advice for incoming CAARE members?

If your topic is provided to you in advance, take advantage of educating yourself through journal articles or online about it. Even if you are somewhat knowledgeable about the subject, you may learn some new things to implement in your research.

If there is something you don't understand, do not be afraid to ask for help. There is always someone available to answer questions, whether it's your mentor, professor, or your own co-workers.

Also, have fun! Experiment with different components in your project to learn most about what you enjoy. This is how you will get the most out of the research.