The Student Independent Research Intern, or SIRI, program offers academic-term internships at JPL for students enrolled in an independent study course at participating area colleges and universities.(See program "requirements" for a list of participating colleges.)

As part of their internships, students are partnered with JPL scientists or engineers, who serve as the students' mentors. Students complete designated projects outlined by their mentors, gaining educational experience in their fields of study while also contributing to NASA and JPL missions and science. Students 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.


- Students majoring in science, engineering or mathematics who are enrolled as undergraduates at the program's partner colleges. (Note: The list of partner colleges is currently being revised for Fall 2017.)

- Students must have a faculty sponsor at one of the participating colleges who can nominate the student for the program and approve academic credit for the internship. Students may identify their own faculty sponsors or contact JPL Program Coordinator Roslyn Soto to obtain the name of a faculty sponsor for a particular campus.

- Students must receive independent study credit for this experience from their faculty sponsor.

- Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA

- Open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) only

- Students must be over the age of 18

- Students must be available 10 to 15 hours per week during the internship period (approximately 15 weeks)


- Participants receive course credit. (This is an unpaid internship.)

- Housing and travel allowances are not provided

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

- This program is designed for a one-semester/quarter experience only.

How to Apply:

Application deadline for Fall 2017: April 28, 2017

*Please check back soon for the following resources:

- List of open opportunities for Fall 2017

- Instructions for students

- Instructions for faculty mentors

Contact Info:

Program Coordinator:
Roslyn Soto

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