LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science
Training Scientists Since 1977
The LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to perform cutting-edge research, learn from widely respected planetary scientists, and discover exciting careers in planetary science. During the 10-week internship, students have opportunities to participate in enrichment activities, including lectures and career development workshops.
- Gaining valuable research experience
- Developing new skills and refining others
- Meeting and working with professionals, establishing contacts for letters of reference and networking
- Experiencing a new work environment
Many of today’s leaders in planetary science began as LPI summer interns. Every career starts somewhere, and we encourage you to join us as you embark on your journey.
About Us: The LPI is located near the NASA Johnson Space Center, on the southeast side of Houston, Texas. On NASA's behalf, the LPI provides leadership in the scientific community for research in lunar, planetary, and solar system sciences, and linkage with related terrestrial programs.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. Students with majors in a physical or natural science, engineering, computer science, or mathematics are preferred, but all eligible students will be considered.
The 10-week program runs from June 7, 2021–August 13, 2021. Summer interns will work one-on-one with a scientist from the LPI or the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project. Interns are selected by the project advisors who look for academic excellence and scientific interest and backgrounds compatible with their specific project needs.
Given the uncertainty resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 summer internship program is expected to have a virtual component. Although we hope to provide some onsite internships, the need may arise to host fully virtual projects. Selected participants will be notified in March of the internship platform.