Internships and Training Programs

Summer Undergraduate Program for Planetary Research (SUPPR)Lunar and Planetary Institute logo

The Summer Undergraduate Program for Planetary Research (SUPPR) invites undergraduate students who are interested in learning about research in planetary geoscience to apply for the 2023 program. Qualified applicants are paired with NASA-sponsored planetary geology and geophysics investigators at locations around the country for eight weeks during the summer. Students gain educational experience while contributing to NASA missions and science. Applications close on February 10, 2023. Visit SUPPR to learn more.

Solar REU Intern ProgramCenter for Astrophysics logo

This summer, scientists from the Center for Astrophysics (CfA) Harvard & Smithsonian, will host undergraduate students from around the U.S. For 10 weeks, students will participate in research about the Sun and the heliosphere and learn the skills necessary for a successful scientific career. Projects range from data analysis to computer modeling to instrument building. Students will learn from experience about scientific research and how to apply their academic work to real-world problems. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2023. Visit SAO/NSF Solar REU Program to learn more.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)JPL Logo

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)@JPL provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of experienced mentors at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Applicants collaborate with a potential mentor to define and develop a project and write a research proposal. Students with selected proposals carry out the research project over a 10-week period during the summer. Applications for the 2023 term close on February 22, 2023. Visit SURF@JPL to learn more.

Dragonfly Student and Early Career Investigator ProgramDragonfly logo

Student Investigators will work with Dragonfly mission team members to conduct Titan research, help formulate Dragonfly mission science and operations plans, or assist in the development of instrumentation, hardware, or testing. A cohort of up to three qualified graduate students from U.S. colleges and universities will be selected annually for two-year terms to work with the Dragonfly team. The next application cycle will begin on/around January 2023. Program updates and available project descriptions will be posted then. Visit Student Opportunities to learn more.

NASA Summer InternshipsNASA logo

The NASA Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM) paid internships allow high school and college-level students to contribute to agency projects under the guidance of a NASA mentor. NASA is currently accepting applications for Summer 2023 internships. The summer session begins on June 5, and applications close on March 1, 2023. Visit NASA Internships to learn more.

CRESST II Summer Internships

The Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology II (CRESST II) works in conjunction with NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to facilitate the CRESST II/NASA summer internship program. Summer internships are a 10-week paid internship where students can work alongside NASA scientists on research projects that support the science missions of NASA. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023. Visit CRESST II Summer Internship Program to learn more.

NASA Science Mission Design Schools — Planetary Science Summer School (PSSS)NASA logo

NASA Science Mission Design Schools are 3-month-long career development experiences for doctoral students, recent Ph.D. recipients, postdocs, and junior faculty who have a strong interest in science-driven robotic space exploration missions. Participants learn the process of developing a hypothesis-driven robotic space mission in a concurrent engineering environment while getting an in-depth, first-hand look at mission design, life cycle, costs, schedule, and the trade-offs inherent in each. The Science Mission Design Schools are designed to prepare the next generation of scientists for participation and leadership in space science missions of the future. Applications are now open for the 2023 Planetary Science Summer School (PSSS) and are due March 27, 2023. Visit NASA Science Mission Design Schools to learn more.

JPL Summer Internship ProgramJPL Logo

The JPL Summer Internship Program, or SIP, offers 10-week, full-time, summer internship opportunities at JPL to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in STEM. Students are partnered with JPL scientists or engineers, who serve as mentors. Students complete designated projects, gaining educational experience in their fields of study while also contributing to NASA and JPL missions and science. Applications for Summer 2023 internship positions close on March 31, 2023. Visit JPL Summer Internship Program to learn more.

NASA Space Life Sciences Training ProgramAmes Research Center logo

The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) provides undergraduate students with professional experience in space life science disciplines. The 10-week, paid summer program is hosted by NASA’s Ames Research Center. Students work closely with renowned NASA scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research exploring the effects of spaceflight on living systems, developing advanced biotechnologies and facilities, and more. Applications for 2023 will open soon. Visit SLSTP to learn more.