I’m asking this because, I’m interested to know "does NASA send their people (workers: scientists and engineers) to some Universities outside the USA and not only in USA?" Because, right now I'm in high school grade 11 A in Anghel Salighy and now I’m heading to Airspace Engineer University. In Romania, the number of classes are 4 years only and after this I'll get to Airspace Engineer which only takes 3 years.

Question: I was wondering if it is true that every end of the 3rd year of University somebody from NASA will come to this University in order to see who will get hired?

After that somebody from NASA has arrived will then ask the teachers of the specific University to make an exam and test The who gets the highest grade? After they see who got the highest grade in exam will they take this student to NASA and this student will start his job without being tested in NASA?

Q-2: Will the somebody from NASA will hire that student according to where he/ she wants to be? Like, if a student wishes to become an airspace engineer and then they have passed the exam, then will the somebody hire them in NASA?

I don’t know if I asked in a wrong site, but if I asked in wrong site, please immigrate to a proper site. I don’t know if it is a stupid question, but I hope not, because my mother told me this and I want to know how will be at the end of University and I wish to know if it is true what she told me. I’m really interested to know this.

  • $\begingroup$ Have you asked at your university if recruiters from NASA visit? At your university's career center or whatever it's called there? However, it's extremely unlikely that NASA or its contractors recruit new graduates from universities outside the USA. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble I’m not in University yet, I’m in high school grade 11 and I’m about to move this University $\endgroup$
    – Alex A
    Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 17:30
  • $\begingroup$ I'm sure they would be glad to answer your question even if you are not yet a student. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 17:52
  • $\begingroup$ @OrganicMarble Ok, I’ll see what I can do. $\endgroup$
    – Alex A
    Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 17:55
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    $\begingroup$ @peterh, with all its issues, NASA is absolutely, 100%, not "part of the U.S. Army" $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 22, 2018 at 2:33

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NASA deals with aerospace technology, much of which is protected by ITAR. Specifically is the following paragraph:

Defense services include the furnishing of assistance (including training) to a foreign person in the integration of a satellite or spacecraft to a launch vehicle, including both planning and onsite support, regardless of the jurisdiction, ownership, or origin of the satellite or spacecraft, or whether technical data is used. It also includes the furnishing of assistance (including training) to a foreign person in the launch failure analysis of a launch vehicle, regardless of the jurisdiction, ownership, or origin of the launch vehicle, or whether technical data is used.

NASA has to ensure that no information that is ITAR restricted is subject to foreign nationals. Bottom line is, it helps a lot to be either a US citizen, or a green card holder.

As to a specific university, I can't speak to the details. But it seems unlikely that NASA is going to recruit from a University an Aerospace engineer, when such personnel will have a difficult time achieving the US national status to qualify them to do technical work.

If I were you, I would look at ESA, which while they don't do as interesting of missions, you won't have the ITAR restrictions that working for NASA or any US based company would entail.

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    $\begingroup$ "hey’ll hire me if I have passed all their tests" No. They have to have an opening, and you have to be the best candidate for that opening. FYI, it's virtually impossible to get hired by NASA as a new grad unless you have interned there while you were in college. So if you want to work there, try to intern/co-op there. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 17:54
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    $\begingroup$ Are you talking about becoming an astronaut? Because that's not the same thing AT ALL as working for NASA in general. If you're talking about becoming an astronaut, you need to edit your question and say that. Also, best not to plan your career based on what you saw in a movie. Far better to take advice from random strangers on the Internet :) $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 18:06
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    $\begingroup$ NASA most definitely does not go to colleges anywhere to recruit astronaut candidates. They have never hired anyone right out of a college with no work experience as an astronaut candidate. Their problem is wading through the flood of applications from qualified people who want to become astronauts. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 18:40
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    $\begingroup$ who says ESA missions aren't as exciting? and which recent NASA missions don't carry ESA hardware :p $\endgroup$
    – user20636
    Commented Mar 13, 2018 at 20:08
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    $\begingroup$ Alex, this is not how hiring works anywhere. People aren't hired if they pass a test. They might need to pass a test when they are about to get hired after they applied for an open position. And they for back to you, because you're a promising applicant. There's no "I study this, then pass a test, then get hired" process anywhere I can think of. $\endgroup$
    – user17550
    Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 1:47

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