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Internships & Fellowships

ORAU provides support to almost 1,500 postdoctoral fellows and researchers at federal agencies, such as NASA and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Since 1951, we have been committed to enabling and enhancing career paths for those just launching their scientific careers to senior scientists who are building experience while furthering the missions of research organizations around the country.

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What we offer

ORAU maintains a robust technical infrastructure and experienced education and operations staff to professionally administer every aspect of a premier internship, fellowship, research, or contractual program, including:

  • Marketing and communication
  • Full immigration services
  • Applicant recruiting and development
  • Award administration
  • Administration of benefits
  • Program evaluation and assessment/impact and tracking
  • Expert merit review capabilities
  • Training and enrollment
  • Full payroll capability for administering stipends, tax withholding and documentation, and fellow expenses

'I can do more than I thought I could do': A conversation with Amanda Lopez, NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow

Amanda Lopez is a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow in the Water and Systems Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her research background is in coastal geoscience world and she is currently studying the impact of wildfires on the land-sea interface. In this episode of Further Together, Lopez tells host Michael Holtz that she has wanted to be a scientist for as far back as she can remember. Her childhood included a love of Bill Nye the Science Guy and Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" series. Lopez says no one in her family was surprised she wanted to pursue the sciences. She also discusses how she gravitated toward coastal studies, the importance of mentorship and collaboration, the importance of the NASA NPP and so much more.

Listen to Episode 144

Transcript for Episode 144

'I can do more than I thought I could do': A conversation with Amanda Lopez, NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow

Contact us

If you would like  to learn more about ORAU's expertise in managing STEM internship and fellowship programs, contact Scott Miller, Ph.D., director of ORAU Research Programs.

If you have questions about contracting options, contact the ORAU Contracts Administration Office at (865) 576-7618 or