Complete Guide To Winning A Place At NASA Summer Internship Program 2023

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federally funded research and development center managed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The lab is a popular leading center for robotic exploration of the solar system, and no wonder it is every STEM student’s dream to work there. The JPL Education Office works closely with NASA and Caltech, as well as educational organizations and institutions to offer internship opportunities at the laboratory to students from diverse backgrounds and in various stages of their education.

Whether you’re looking for a career in STEM or space exploration, this article covers everything you need to know about the world of internships at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the skills and experience hiring managers are looking for, and how you can set yourself on the right trajectory even before you get to college.

The JPL Summer Internship Program

The JPL Summer Internship Program offers 10-week, full-time, summer internship opportunities at JPL to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. In a typical year, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory brings in about 1,000 interns from schools across the country to take part in projects that range from building spacecraft to studying climate change to developing software for space exploration. 

As part of their internships, students are partnered with JPL scientists or engineers, who serve as the students’ mentors. Students complete designated projects outlined by their mentors, gaining educational experience in their fields of study while also contributing to NASA and JPL missions and science. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of enrichment activities, including tours, lectures and career advisement, arranged by the JPL Education Office.

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For summer opportunities, we recommend applying no later than November or December. Applicants can usually expect to hear back by April if they are going to receive an offer for summer, but it’s always a good idea to keep yourself in the running, as applicants may be considered for school-year opportunities.

Here are key details to keep in mind throughout:

  • Summer internships begin in May and June, on the first business day of each week.
  • Participants receive a monetary award, given in monthly disbursements, for the period of the internship.
  • Award amounts vary and are subject to change.
  • Housing and travel allowances are not provided, however, program participants have the option of living in the Caltech dormitories for the summer guest housing rate.

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  • Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines from accredited U.S. universities.
  • Minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA. The cumulative GPA must originate from the institution where the student has a current active status.
  • Open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs).
  • First internship experience must be 10 weeks or more. Subsequent internship terms are flexible.

How to Apply:

Click the “Apply Now” button below to fill out the online application.

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  • Students must be available full time (40 hours per week) for at least 10-weeks in the summer.
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