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The NASA Summer Undergraduate Program for Planetary Research, or SUPPR, is an eight-week summer internship providing undergraduates majoring in geology and related sciences with an opportunity to participate in NASA planetary geosciences research.

Students work under the direction of a NASA-sponsored planetary geology and geophysics investigator at one of various science institutions, including JPL. The program is designed to help students gain educational experience in their fields of study while contributing to NASA missions and science. Students at JPL 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.

Requirements for NASA Summer Undergraduate Program:

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate students pursuing degrees in planetary sciences, geology or geophysics and related disciplines.
  • Students must have not begun their graduate studies.
  • Minimum 3.00 GPA.
  • Preference given to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs).
  • Students must be available full time (40 hours per week) for the eight-week summer term.
  • Students cannot participate in the program more than one summer.

Details:

  • Participants receive a monetary award for the period of the internship. Award amounts vary and are subject to change.
  • Housing and travel allowances are provided by the program sponsor.

How to Apply for NASA Summer Undergraduate Program:

Visit the NASA Summer Undergraduate Program for Planetary Research website and fill out the online application.

You will need:

  • Two letters of reference.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions.

Apply For NASA Summer Undergraduate Program Here on NASA’s Website

 

Frequently Asked Questions NASA Summer Undergraduate Program

 

Is JPL offering on-site and remote internship opportunities?

Yes. JPL will offer on-site and remote internship opportunities starting in summer 2022. Note: On-site summer internships will be contingent on public health protocols and JPL access restrictions.

To participate in an internship, students must adhere to all of the following:

– Favorable review of your background investigation
– Continued availability of federal funding to support your position
– Compliance with the federal vaccine mandate
– Agreement to follow JPL’s “Safe at Work” protocol.

What is the difference between internships, fellowships and student employment?

Internships and fellowships are offered by the JPL Education Office for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Internships and fellowships have a strong educational and research component, allowing students to gain valuable experience in their field of study. Students are paired with a mentor for a specific research or mission project and are required to do a final presentation to demonstrate what they’ve learned and how they have contributed to JPL research.

Student employment is offered by JPL Human Resources as an internship option for both non-STEM and STEM majors. Student employment focuses on giving students career experience at JPL and introducing them to the laboratory workforce and operations.

How do I qualify for an internship?

To qualify for an internship offered through the JPL Education Office, you must meet all program requirements (listed in the “Requirements” section of the program page), submit your application prior to the deadline, and/or for programs requiring nominations, connect with your campus’ faculty advisor(s). Note that meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee placement in an internship.

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