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Maximizing Student Potential in STEM


Maximizing Student Potential in STEM, or MSP, is a collection of educational programs that provides 10-15 week internship opportunities to underrepresented students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees.  The programs are designed to provide students with educational research experiences to complement their academic programs and research interests under the guidance of a JPL scientist or engineer who serves as the student's mentor. Program activities include presentations, written reports, and a variety of enrichment activities.

Eligibility Requirements:

-- Students must be US citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs)
-- Participants must be full-time students pursuing a baccalaureate or higher degree in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math)
-- Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA -- 3.5 is preferred -- (official transcripts will be required)
-- All participants must be available to commit to an initial 10-week internship as specified in the program duration

How to Apply:

Interested students should submit a current resume and unofficial transcript via email by selecting a primary major from the list below. To help us match you with the best opportunities, please also include in the body of the email your preferred areas of interest from the list below.

Select your primary major from the list below to apply

Aerospace Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Earth Science
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Science
Geographic Information Systems
Geological/Geophysical Engineering
Information Science/Technology
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Physics/Applied Physics
Planetary Science
Systems Engineering

Along with your resume, unofficial transcript and principal major, please tell us, in your email, which of the following internship areas interest you.

Solar System Science

Planetary Atmospheres and Geology
Solar System characteristics and origin of life
Primitive solar systems bodies
Lunar science
Preparing for returned sample investigations

Earth Science
Atmospheric composition and dynamics
Land and solid earth processes
Water and carbon cycles
Ocean and ice
Earth analogs to planets
Climate Science

Astronomy and Fundamental Physics
Origin, evolution, and structure of the universe
Gravitational astrophysics and fundamental physics
Extra-solar planets and star and planetary formation
Solar and Space Physics
Formation and evolution of galaxies

In-Space Propulsion Technologies
Chemical propulsion
Non-chemical propulsion
Advanced propulsion technologies
Supporting technologies

Space Power and Energy Storage
Power generation
Energy storage
Power management & distribution
Cross-cutting technologies

Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Manipulation technology
Human-systems interfaces
Autonomous rendezvous & docking
Systems engineering

Communication and Navigation

Optical communications & navigation technology
Radio frequency communications
Position, navigation and timing
Integrated technologies
Revolutionary concepts

Human Exploration Destination Systems
In-situ resource utilization and Cross-cutting systems

Science Instruments, Observatories and Sensor Systems
Science Mission Directorate Technology Needs
Remote Sensing instruments/sensors
Observatory technology
In-situ instruments/sensor technologies

Entry, Descent and Landing Systems

Aerobraking, aerocapture, and entry systems
Vehicle system technology

Engineered materials
Energy generation and storage
Electronics, devices and sensors

Modeling, Simulation, Information Technology and Processing
Flight and ground computing
Information processing

Materials, Structures, Mechanical Systems and Manufacturing

Mechanical systems
Cross cutting

Thermal Management Systems
Cryogenic systems
Thermal control systems (near room temperature)
Thermal protection systems