The NASA Propulsion Academy, at the Marshall Space Flight Center, is a 10-week, residential summer research and educational experience for high achieving sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students interested in propulsion. The emphasis is on preparing young professionals for employment in aerospace positions. Propulsion is a critical element in NASA's exploration program. Many current and future propulsion technologies are being designed and developed by engineers at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and by its contractors. The Propulsion Academy program is utilizing this development as a training ground for university students who are interested in careers in this exciting field. Research Associates (interns) will work in teams of four, guided by propulsion engineers at Marshall, local commercial entities, and local universities. Each team is composed of a "team lead" and three research associates. The team lead is an advanced undergraduate or graduate student with a demonstrated background in leadership. The research associates are undergraduate or graduate students with some background or demonstrated interest in propulsion. Site visits, tours, and lectures will demonstrate the various opportunities for employment in the space propulsion field. These visits will expose the research associates to state-of-the-art propulsion development. Tours of local facilities and lectures by experts in propulsion will provide one-on-one interaction with practicing propulsion engineers.