Stem Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) High School Summer Intern Program











Margaret Baguio

voice: 512-471-6922
fax: 512-471-3585

3925 West Braker Lane, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78759

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Q: When is it?
A: The 2018 SEES internship will be held July 13-27, 2019. Deadline to apply is March 1.

Q: Where is it held?
A: The SEES internship is held at the University of Texas at Austin. Students are housed on the main campus and bussed daily to the UT Center for Space Research at the north engineering campus.

Q: Who is this for?
A: SEES is for high school students that are current Sophomores and Juniors 16 and older (will be rising Juniors and Seniors) with an interest in STEM. Students must be U.S. citizens.

Q: Who coordinates this program?
A: The SEES program is funded by NASA and managed by the Texas Space Grant Consortium with the University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research.


Q: What skills, experiences, and mindset would best position a student for success in the SEES application?
A: A student’s application is best positioned with good grades and application answers that demonstrate teamwork experience and a strong interest in STEM.

Q: Do only the top-performing academic students get in?
A: No. SEES also considers past STEM experiences and projected impact (scholarly need).

Q: So is it better to list many or few STEM activities?
A: SEES considers STEM experiences on both ends of the spectrum – listing many past experiences promotes teamwork & STEM skills, while a lack of experiences might suggest a scholarly need. Both aptitude and need are weighed in the application process.

Q: I will be a sophomore, but I am 15. Can I apply?
A: SEES is able to accept interns who are 16 or older.

Q: I just found out about this program, but I am a senior. Can I apply?
A: SEES will accept only current sophomores and juniors.

Q: I had a great time. Can I come back next year?
A: SEES only allows one internship per person. We welcome you as an ambassador of the program.

Q: How long has this program been going on?
A: The CSR internship program began in 2010 with mostly local (central Texas) students. The current SEES program, drawing students from all over the U.S., was first funded by NASA in 2016.

Q: How many applications do you get? How many interns do you take?
A: In previous years we have received over 500 applications annually. The SEES program can accommodate approximately 45 students.

Q: Where can I submit my SEES application?
A: You can fill out SEES application here.


Q: How long does the video need to be?
A: The video is your way to introduce yourself to the science mentors. 2-5 minutes is the ideal timeframe.

Q: My video isn't ready. Can I email you the link?
A: No. The link to your video should be included in your application with the deadline of March 1.

Q: What should my video be about?
A: Tell us who you are, where you are from, and why you're interested in becoming a NASA high school intern in under 5 minutes.

Q: Can I email my video file to you?
A: No. You must submit a link to your video with your online application. Please refer to our video requirements under section 4. Submitting a video.


Q: Can I use my own email address for the letter of recommendation and then forward that to my teacher, counselor or principal?
A: No. Please provide the name and email address of your teacher, counselor or principal when submitting your application. An email will be sent to that address where they will be able to submit a recommendation on your behalf.

Q: Will you let me know if a Letter of Recommendation has been submitted for me? How will I know if one has been submitted?
A: It will be the applicant's responsibility to follow-up with the individual submitting the Letter of Recommendation to see if it has been submitted on your behalf. Please make sure the address you provide is correct and has no typos.

Q: What is the submission deadline for Letter of Recommendation?
A: All Letter of Recommendations must be received by March 7, 2019.


Q: How much does it cost? Is it really free?
A: The only costs are for your transportation to/from Austin and any incidentals. SEES provides transportation to/from the airport and dorm, dorm costs, meals, and activities. We do have travel scholarships for students. The need for a travel scholarship has no bearing on acceptance into the program.

Q: I was accepted but can’t afford airfare. Should I apply?
A: SEES has a limited number of scholarships for transportation. Please note that need on the appropriate question on the application. The need for a travel scholarship has no bearing on acceptance into the program.


Q: Do you have a packing list?
A: Yes. This will be provided when accepted into the program.

Q: What is the weather in Austin in July? What clothes do I need to wear?
A: Hot. Bring shorts for outside, and a sweater/sweatshirt for inside (the computer labs are kept cold).

Q: Do I need to bring a laptop?
A: It is not required but highly recommended. SEES has a limited number of extra computers.

Q: Will I be able to get wifi access?
A: Yes. All interns will have access to the University of Texas wi-fi network.

Q: Who is the emergency contact?
A: Margaret Baguio, Program Manager for the Texas Space Grant Consortium and coordinator for the SEES program. Her contact information is: email: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu and phone numbers: Office: 512-471-6922 or Cell: 512-423-4039

Q: I have an unavoidable conflict with another event. Should I apply?
A: SEES immerses students into the program from the first to the last day. No days may be missed. (Emergency leave requests are examined on a case-by-case basis).


Q: How to I arrive (check-in)?
A: All interns flying into Austin (Austin Bergstrom International Airport) are met by our staff and shuttled to the UT dormitory. Students arriving via car should go directly to the dormitory.

Q: How do I depart (check-out)?
A: All interns flying out of Austin (Austin Bergstrom International Airport) will be shuttled to the airport by our staff. Students leaving the dormitory by car should have an adult check out with a staff member.

Q: Where do interns stay?
A: The dorm is on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Details will be provided to all accepted into the SEES program. All rooms are double occupancy.

Q: Do you keep boys and girls separated after hours?
A: Yes. SEES dorm residents monitors will check on the interns.

Q: Who is monitoring them?
A: SEES staff are with the interns nearly 24/7.

Q: Are these people background checked?
A: Yes. All SEES staff have completed youth protection training class and a background check.

Q: Can someone visit students after work hours?
A: A family member or friend may visit with prior parent/guardian and SEES approval. Most evenings and weekends will be scheduled with supplementary SEES activities.

Q: Can my family/friend attend any SEES events?
A: Final presentations held on the last day of the internship are open to all. They are also webcast.


Q: Do I need money for food?
A: SEES provides three meals per day and some snacks. Students are responsible for any extra food costs.

Q: Can you accommodate food allergies/special diets?
A: SEES will accommodate special food requests as long as they are known before arrival.

Q: Who do I contact in an emergency?
A: Margaret Baguio, Texas Space Grant Program Manager for Education and Outreach is the emergency contact. Her information is: Email: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu, Phones: Office: 512-471-6922 and Cell: 512-423-4039.


Q: How much do I need to prepare academically before the internship?
A: SEES interns are sorted into project groups when selected for the program. Before arrival in Austin, each intern must complete 30 hours of background information about NASA Earth and Space Science and 30 hours of project group work remotely under the guidance of a CSR/NASA mentor.

Q: How busy are the days? Do I have time to go sightseeing?
A: The SEES research program at CSR runs all day M-F. Most evenings and some weekends have supplementary events scheduled. The SEES program includes a variety of tours.

Q: What field trips do interns take?
A: The SEES interns will visit NASA Johnson Space Center. Additionally, other trips may be taken during evenings and weekends.

Q: Do students receive any course credit?
A: No course credit is given but each participant receives a NASA certificate of completion.