They come from Alaska, Florida, California and almost everywhere in between. Almost 280 undergraduate students started their summer internships on Wed., June 16, 2010, making up most of the 350 students and faculty who will be at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the summer. Every summer, JPL hosts students and faculty who work on research projects as varied as their schools and academic interests.
Day one as an intern includes a visit to JPL's Visitor Center, a welcome from JPL Director Charles Elachi and several presentations on program requirements, safety regulations, computer security concerns and ethical standards. Finally, the students are met by their mentors -- JPL scientists and engineers who will provide guidance during their stay.
Over roughly 10 weeks, the interns will complete research projects related to space and Earth sciences. Some will work with teams building the next Mars rover, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, while others will work with scientists who study changes in Earth's climate. At the end of their stay, students will present their findings to a panel of JPL engineers, scientists, educators and peers.
JPL and NASA offer a wide range of internship opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students. There are also some opportunities for high school students and faculty.
For a full list of academic opportunities at JPL, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/internships/ .