Debbie Murray
LARSS Program Coordinator
Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Phone: (757)-864-5215
Fax: (757)-864-9701

Sarah Pauls
LARSS Program Assistant
Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Phone: (757)-864-4394
Fax: (757)-864-9701

Shelley Spears
Director, Educational Outreach
National Institute of Aerospace
Phone: (757)-325-6732
Fax: (757)-325-6701

Jen Keyes
Acting LaRC Internships and NIFS Lead
Office of Human Capital Management/Office of Education
Phone: (757)-864-2491
Fax: (757)-864-9701




Thank you for your interest in the Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) program. LARSS will be ending at the end of September 2014 after one final summer session, and the application period for that summer session has closed. As of Fall 2014, Langley internships will be through the agency-wide NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS) program.

If you are a student who is interested in interning at NASA Langley, or any of the NASA centers, I would encourage you to submit an application for an upcoming NIFS Internship term by going to and clicking on either the “First Time Student Users Register” or “Current Student User Login” buttons on the right hand side of the page.

If you are a career counselor, teacher, professor, parent, or friend who knows of students who are interested in interning at NASA please encourage them to submit an application using these instructions.

The application periods for upcoming terms are:

·          Fall 2014: 03/02/2014 - 06/01/2014

·          Spring 2015: 06/02/2014 - 10/12/2014

·          Summer 2015: 11/01/2014 - 03/01/2015

We certainly appreciate students with passion and enthusiasm. Thanks again for your interest in NASA and Langley!

Jen Keyes
Acting Langley NIFS Lead    

 LARSS ranked among the top 10 best internships in the Nation in 2011!

The Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Program is one of NASA’s most prestigious and successful student research programs, having recently placed among the top ten best internships in the nation. LARSS has been providing mentorships in research to undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) as well as in Business, Communication, Marketing, and other areas that support NASA’s mission for more than 25 years.

LARSS is designed to bridge the gap between academic concepts and real-world experience, by creating opportunities for students to come to NASA 
Langley Research Center (LaRC) to conduct research and work on projects under the mentorship of NASA professionals. 


LARSS celebrates 25 years of creating opportunities for students at NASA.



Congressman Wittman addressed the assembly at the LARSS 25th Anniversary Banquet, August 4, 2011. 


The central directive of the LARSS program is to supply the NASA pipeline with high caliber students by enhancing their education with opportunities to work on real-world NASA projects and conduct research beside Engineers, Scientists, Technologists, and other NASA professionals. During their LARSS tenure, students conduct research in NASA LaRC’s state-of-the-science laboratories and other world-class facilities, which utilize NASA’s unique capabilities. Students also participate in professional development and enhancements activities, including but not limited to lecture colloquiums, site tours, and networking opportunities with NASA and industry professionals. In turn, the LARSS program has a direct impact on the continual supply of educated and skilled professionals for NASA and the Nation’s future workforce.


In its 26 year history, the LARSS program has provided opportunities to thousands of students from across the United States and U.S. Territories. On average, more than 200 students participate in the program per year, during the Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions.

Please note the LARSS Program is not part of NASA OSSI.

Stipend Information

LARSS is a paid internship program. The amount of each student’s stipend is based upon his or her student level (undergraduate or graduate). Stipend amounts are based on the 10-week Summer Session period of research, Fall & Spring 15-week Sessions are adjusted accordingly.

LARSS Student Stipends

  • Graduate Students: $6,000
  • Rising Undergraduate Juniors & Seniors: $5,000

Bridge Student Stipends (See LARSS Bridge Program)

  • Rising Undergraduate Freshman & Sophomores: $4,000
  • Rising High School Seniors: $3,000 (10-week session) or $2,400 (8-week session)
The Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Program is managed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) under a sub-award from the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). 

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"The LARSS program has been recognized as one of the best internship programs in the country. For science and engineering students, it offers the opportunity to work one on one with a recognized research mentor on exciting cutting edge problems. Through the enrichment programs offered by LARSS, you will be exposed to a wide spectra of research areas and you will have the opportunity to assess whether a career at a research lab is right for you." - Dr. Bernard Grossman, Vice President, Education & Outreach, National Institute of Aerospace