Q: I have already applied for an internship through the Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP). Will STEM Takes Flight affect the possibility of being hired?

A: All CSIIP applications are available for review when companies search for an intern. STEM Takes Flight does not change the selection process; however, because of the potential for a sponsored versus a company-paid internship, more placements are possible. In addition, the CSIIP staff will continue to assist registered companies with finding the best candidates for their paid internship positions from all community college applicants.

Q: If I graduate high school in 2018, will I be able to apply for the Community College Bridge Scholarship?

A: Only community college freshman students in fall semester 2018 are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The Community College Bridge Scholar (CCBS) component will provide a $5 000 award and mentoring to 15 students over the spring 2018 semester and 2018 – 2019 academic year. Funding is currently available for only one cohort of students for this award.

Q: I am interested in the Sea Level Rise course led by Virginia Western Community College and Thomas Nelson Community College, but I don’t attend either one of them.

A: The Sea Level Rise course is available online to any community college student in Virginia. The four-day field work will be done at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. STEM Takes Flight funding will help with lodging, meals and mileage for the field experience. More information on how to enroll in the course will be available in spring 2018. In the meantime, you can contact Chris Carter,, or call 757-766-5210.

Q: I just transferred from a community college to a university. Am I still eligible?

A: STEM Takes Flight requires that applicants must be current community college students or faculty. The program seeks to foster enhanced community college retention in STEM academic tracks through graduation or transfer to a four-year institution. In addition, the Virginia Space Grant Consortium hopes to strengthen relationships with NASA and Virginia’s community colleges. If you are interested in industry internships, you may wish to apply to the Commonwealth Industry Internship program which is open to undergraduate students from sophomore to senior years.