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 community colleges.(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 community colleges.

Cerritos College
Chaffey College
Citrus College
Coastline Community College
College of the Canyons
Cypress College
East Los Angeles College
El Camino College
El Camino College - Compton Center
Fullerton College
Glendale Community College
Golden West College
Long Beach City College
Los Angeles City College
Los Angeles Harbor College
Los Angeles Mission College
Los Angeles Pierce College
Los Angeles Southwest College
Los Angeles Trade Tech College
Los Angeles Valley College
Moreno Valley College
Mt. San Antonio College
Norco College
Orange Coast College
Pasadena City College
Rio Hondo College
Riverside City College
Saddleback College
San Bernardino Valley College
Santa Ana College
Santa Monica College
Santiago Canyon College
West Los Angeles College

- 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. (Note: Pasadena City College students MUST seek nomination from Professor John Sepikas or MESA Director Melva Alvarez.)

- 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

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

How to Apply:

Application Deadline – Spring 2019: Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 at 5 p.m. PST

- Instructions for students

- Instructions for faculty mentors

- List of open opportunities for Spring 2019

- Resume guidelines

For more information about JPL internships and fellowships, visit our FAQ page.

Contact Info:

Program Coordinator:
Roslyn Soto

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