Student Internships at JPL
Guest post from regular reader Julie Castillo:
This is an update: the AOs for student internships at JPL have just been released. You can find information on the many programs at
JPL welcomes hundreds of students, from high school to grad school every year. Most of the internships start mid-June for a six- to ten- week training periods. I think the application deadlines for most programs are in February, but you should get in touch with the programs representatives mentioned on that website for more details.
Potential advisers have been asked to provide Announcements of Opportunities by mid-January. I will let you know where the AOs are going to be posted. I recommend to prospective interns to get in touch with potential advisers ahead of time. If you know someone at JPL you would like to work with, just contact her/him to make sure that she posts an AO of interest to you. It is possible for the same adviser to host several students.
You can find information on potential advisers, and the science research done at JPL in general, at
All scientists are not represented on that website, but this is a start. You can also ask the program representatives on the JPL education website for further information. Same thing if you are interested in an internship focused on mission architecture, instrument development, navigation, etc.
If you are a foreign national (no green card), you may not be eligible for some of the programs, and it may not be possible for you to participate in mission projects and technology-focused internshipa. If you have a green card, this should be possible in most cases.
If you have questions, you can contact me at Julie.C.Castillo@Jpl.nasa.gov. I will be happy to put you in touch with potential advisers or to give you some advice for choosing the right program, etc.
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