LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science

The LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to perform cutting-edge, peer-reviewed research, learn from widely respected planetary scientists, and discover exciting careers in planetary science. During the 10-week internship, students have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities, including NASA Johnson Space Center scientific visits, lectures, and career development workshops. Many of today’s planetary science leaders got their start as LPI summer interns. Every career starts somewhere, and we encourage you to join us as you embark on your journey.

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 have an advantage, but any eligible student may apply.

The 10-week program runs from June 7, 2021, to August 13, 2021. As a summer intern, you will work one-on-one with a scientist at the LPI or at the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in lunar and planetary science. 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 global 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.

Benefits of an internship:

• Gain valuable research experience
• Develop new skills and refine others
• Meet and work with professionals, establishing contacts for letters of reference and networking
• Experience a new work environment

The LPI is located near the NASA Johnson Space Center, on the south 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 deadline for applying for the 2021 program is November 23, 2020. For more information, including eligibility and selection criteria, areas of research, and an online application form, visit https://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpiintern/.