The Consortium for Undergraduate Research Experience, or CURE, offers summer and year-round research opportunities at JPL in the areas of astronomy, astrophysics, planetary science and space exploration to science, engineering and mathematics students selected from a consortium of Los Angeles area community colleges.(See program "requirements" for a list of participating colleges.)
This program provides an opportunity for undergraduates to form long-term working relationships with scientists at JPL. As part of their internships, students are partnered with JPL scientists, 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. Projects involve observations, image processing, data analysis, scientific programming, instrumentation development, or space missions engineering. 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.
This program is part of the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates.
Students majoring in science, engineering or mathematics who are enrolled at the following Los Angeles area community colleges:
- Los Angeles City College
- East Los Angeles College
- Los Angeles Valley College
- Pasadena City College
- Victor Valley College
- Moorpark College
- Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Open to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs)
- Participants receive a stipend provided by the National Science Foundation
- Housing and travel allowances are not provided
- Program participants have access to JPL parking facilities for no charge. Public transportation options are also available.
- Students may continue in the program for up to two years. Their participation ends when they transfer to a school outside of the consortium.
- CURE interns will work at JPL in Pasadena, or at the JPL Table Mountain Observatory in the mountains above Los Angeles
- Summer and year-round internship periods are available
- Internship terms vary
- Full-time and part-time opportunities available
How to Apply:
Contact the program coordinator for your college to learn about available opportunities and application information.
You will need:
- A one-page resume detailing your career and scientific goals, the classes and levels of courses you have taken, your work and relevant experience, and any honors, skills and achievements you think are relevant.
- A short essay (no more than one page) detailing your career goals and why you think you are a good fit for the particular project for which you are applying.
Los Angeles City College
East Los Angeles College
Los Angeles Valley College
Pasadena City College
Victor Valley College:
JPL Program Coordinator
For general inquiries, contact:
JPL Education Office