The "Creating Opportunities for Minorities in Engineering, Technology,and Science" (COMETS) program is a collaboration between Cañada College's Engineering Department and San Francisco State University School of Engineering. The project was sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education through Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award for the Integration of Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum (CIPAIR), Grant No. NNX10AU75G from October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2014. The program is currently funded by the US Department of Education through the Hispanic-Serving Institution Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HSI STEM), Grant No. P031C110159.

Program Objectives

Objective 1.  To improve student engagement and success in foundational math courses and core engineering courses; 

Objective 2.  To develop a summer research internship program for community college engineering students; 

Objective 3To improve academic success of engineering students from underrepresented groups by providing academic support and mentoring

Summer Internships for Community College Students

The 10-week COMETS Summer Internship Program will provide sixteen community college research internship positions. Participating students will be working with faculty from SFSU on NASA-themed research projects. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Application Period: December 1, 2014 to February 15, 2015. 

In order to complete the application, you will need the following information:

  1. Number of transferable units you expect to have completed by by June 2015.
  2. Your current cumulative GPA.
  3. A list of all the math, science, and engineering courses you will have completed by June 2015. 
  4. A one-paragraph response to the following prompts:
    a. Briefly describe your academic plan, career goals, and research interests.
    b. Briefly describe why you want to participate in the COMETS Summer Internship Program.
    c. List skills, training, and experience you have that will be useful in an engineering research internship position.
  5. Contact information (phone number and email) of an instructor who will complete a Letter of Recommendation on your behalf.


  • Must be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Must be an engineering student in one of the following California community colleges: Cañada College, College of San Mateo, Skyline College – preference is given to Cañada College engineering students
  • Must have completed at least 24 units of college credit by June, 2015, including first semester Calculus and first semester Physics
  • Applicants for a full-time COMETS Fellow position must be planning to transfer to a four-year institution as an engineering major in Fall 2015.
  • Applicants for a half-time position must be planning to transfer to a four-year institution as an engineering major in Fall 2015 or Fall 2016.
Program Period
  • June 8 - August 13, 2015
  • School of Engineering, San Francisco State University
  • $5,000 for full-time COMETS Fellow positions 
    • 4 positions
    • 32 hours a week
  • $3,000 for half-time internship positions 
    • 12 positions)
    • 20 hours a week
Application Form

Amelito Enriquez