The NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program, or PGGURP, 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.


- Undergraduate students (as well as incoming college freshman) pursuing degrees in planetary sciences, geology or geophysics and related disciplines.

- Students must be in the college or university graduating class of 2015 (or earlier), and must have not begun their graduate studies.

- Minimum 3.0 GPA

- Preference given to U.S. citizens and legal 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


- Participants receive a weekly stipend of $250

- Housing and travel allowances are provided by the program sponsor

- Program participants have access to JPL parking facilities for no charge. Public transportation options are also available.

How to Apply:

Visit the NASA Planetary Geology and Geosciences Undergraduate Research Program website and fill out the online application.

You will need:
- Two letters of reference
- Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions

Contact Info:

JPL Program Coordinator:
Petra Kneissl-Milanian
(818) 354-0726

Program Director
Tracy Gregg
(716) 645-4328

For general inquiries, contact:
JPL Education Office
(818) 354-1260

Program Website: