*Update: Friday, April 17, 2020 – Click here for important coronavirus updates for JPL's internship and fellowship programs.
See a list of events for interns and fellows, including talks, tours and networking events at: jpl.nasa.gov/edu/students/calendar
Around Lab and Online
Certain resources below are only available via the internal JPL network. Resources on the JPL network are marked with an *.
Note: Not all students will have access to the JPL network, even while at the laboratory. If you require access for any reason, talk to your mentor and/or program coordinator.
There are three cafeterias at JPL, located in buildings 167, 190 and 303 that serve drinks, breakfast (short-order breakfast items, yogurt and oatmeal, pastries) lunch (short-order lunch items, Mexican food, sandwiches, pizza, soup and salads) and snacks. Meal times include:
- Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Morning break: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Lunch: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Afternoon break: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
A coffee cart on the mall (open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and by the JPL Store (open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) serve fresh-brewed coffee, espresso drinks, pastries, snacks, and other small food and drink items.
For a list of specials and weekly offerings, visit Eurest's website
The JPL Ethics Office assures that JPL employees, contractors, students and fellows conduct business lawfully and to high ethical standards. It provides resources, consulting and reporting services in areas including:
- Conflicts of interest
- Use of JPL and sponsor resources
- Gifts and gratuities
- Special invitations and honorariums
- Outside employment, consulting and other activities
- Commercial and political endorsements
- Ethics in research
- Integrity of information
For more information or guidance about JPL ethics, call the Ethics Office at (818) 354-6338 or request an ethics handbook from the Education Office or Human Resources.
Caltech is offering gym memberships for summer 2020 students and faculty, valid May 1 through Oct. 1, 2020. Membership is $75 and includes full access to the Braun Athletic Center, equipment and classes. Memberships may be purchased Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the front desk of the Braun Athletic Center.
Note: The JPL gym is not available to students.
If you would like to bring visitors, such as family and friends, to the lab, notify your mentor or group supervisor at least two or three days in advance. He or she will need to submit and approve a visitor request on your behalf. Note: Foreign nationals cannot host visitors without a JPL employee present for the entirety of the visit.
The laboratory and its various offices and buildings are spread out over more than 170 acres, so don't be surprised if it takes you a couple weeks to get your bearings. And don't rely on the building numbers to guide you; buildings at JPL were numbered in the order that they were built, which makes things more than a little confusing for those who are new to the lab.
The good news is that you will receive a paper map in your welcome folder at orientation. It's a good idea to keep it handy your first couple weeks. (Check with the Education Office or Human Resources if you do not receive a map and would like one.) You can also find an online interactive map of buildings, parking lots, and shuttle and bus routes* on JPL Space.
- On-Lab Bus Service – An on-lab bus service runs every 7-10 minutes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bus travels clockwise around the laboratory starting at the south parking structure. Buses will run later in the event of heavy wind or rain to accommodate employees until necessary. See the interactive map* on JPL Space for the bus route and bus-stop locations.
- Assisted Bus Service (ABS) – A bus service with accessible bus stops and loading ramp capabilities for individuals with mobility challenges is available between 7 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. See the interactive map* on JPL Space for the ABS bus route and bus-stop locations. Individuals located in buildings along Pioneer Road, may request service by calling fleet dispatch at (818) 354-5003.
- Woodbury Shuttle – (No shuttle service on RDO Fridays.) A shuttle between the main JPL campus and the Woodbury location (about 2 miles southeast) runs between 7:10 a.m. and 5:29 p.m. on normal business days. The JPL shuttle stop is located just south of the Visitor's Center in the circular driveway. At Woodbury, the bus drops off and picks up passengers on the west side of building 600, inside the gate. See the interactive map* on JPL Space for the shuttle route and shuttle stop locations.
- Caltech (Campus) Shuttle – (No shuttle service on RDO Fridays.) A shuttle between Caltech and JPL runs between 7:45 a.m. and 3:59 p.m. on normal business days. The shuttle stop at JPL is located just south of the Visitor's Center in the circular driveway. At Caltech, the shuttle picks up and drops off passengers on the corner of San Pasqual Street and Holliston Avenue. See the interactive map* on JPL Space for the shuttle route and shuttle stop locations.
JPL has its own library, also known as the Information Commons, located in building 111 and online at http://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov. There you can find books, ebooks and journals in such areas as astronomy and physics, math, computer science, and engineering.
The library also has a collaborative work space, called The Hub, which has discussion areas with display screens, a small conference room, WiFi connections, and a 3-D printer. The Hub is open 24/7 with badge access between 5 p.m. and 7:30
For business mail, ask your mentor or group supervisor about the mail stop number for your office and the location of the in/out boxes where you can drop off and pick up mail. When sending mail internally, address it using the building number followed by the mail stop/pickup location number (for example, 180-109). Mail stop codes are required for delivery of internal mail and can be found on JPL Space*.
For personal mail, use the green mailboxes found around the laboratory. (Note: All other JPL mail services are for business use only. Do not use JPL's address, letterhead, stationery or official envelopes for personal mail.)
The lab uses Jabber as its chat, web and video-conferencing system. You can also use Jabber to make and receive calls from your computer. See the Jabber brochure for more information on using your computer for calls. Note: You should receive a Jabber "soft phone" with your IT provisioning materials on your first day. If you do not, check with your mentor and call the IT help desk at (818) 354-4357.
The area code for JPL is 818. "On-Lab" (Oak Grove facility) numbers have prefixes of 354 or 393. To make internal calls from a JPL landline phone, dial the five-digit extension number, which begins with a 3 or 4. To make a call from a JPL landline phone to a number outside of JPL, dial 9, then the number. A directory of contacts at the lab can be found on JPL Space*.
Telephones, like computers and other JPL (government) resources, may be used for personal use on an "occasional and reasonable" basis.
Events, tours and talks for students and faculty are scheduled throughout the year and can be found on the student calendar at jpl.nasa.gov/edu/students/calendar/. During the summer, when we host the largest number of students and faculty at the lab, the event calendar is also packed with activities, including:
- Summer Kick-Off Social
- Career Fair
- Student Poster Day
- Professional Development Workshops
- Summer Speaker Series
- Summer Movies at the Hub
- Lab Tours
- Aerospace Summer Games
- End of Summer Social/Mentor Appreciation
Check the student calendar for details on these annual summer events
Chances are you'll be hearing a lot of acronyms thrown about in meetings and around lab. In fact, you've probably already been asked about the name (meaning acronym) of the program that brought you to JPL (SIP, MSP, APX). If you want to look up any of the myriad JPL acronyms, check out the acronym dictionary on JPL Space*. Watch the video below to learn more.
Even current interns will find plenty of useful advice in this article covering everything you need to know about the world of JPL internships, the skills and experience hiring managers are looking for, and how to set yourself on the right trajectory even before you get to college.
It's also a great resources for friends and family interested in a future internship or career in STEM.
Free counseling and support services, including telephone and face-to-face counseling, financial and legal consultation, and assisted searches for services, are available to JPL interns and fellows from LifeMatters. Download the flier for contact information and to learn more.
We love capturing interns at work and having fun around lab, so don't be surprised if you see a photographer or two hanging about. If you'd like to view or download the photos, you can find all our snaps on our JPL Interns and Fellows album on Flickr.
We also love seeing your photos from your time at JPL. Share them on our Universe of Inspiration page or on the JPL-Interns-Fellows Facebook Group page. BUT! Be sure to read JPL's policies about taking and sharing photos first.
JPL Space* is the internal website, or intranet, for JPL. It serves as the gateway to a number of online services and resources at the lab including Human Resources, IT, JPL Rules and an employee directory. It also features JPL news and events as well as maps and a classifieds page.
To access JPL Space, you must have access to the JPL network or be signed on to JPL WiFi (not the guest network). Note: Not all students and faculty will have access to the JPL network, so we have tried to make as many resources as possible available via this website. If there are resources you would like to see added to this page, please contact the Education Office.
The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) provides IT applications and services for the laboratory. IT services include:
- Network service
- Remote access service
- Email and Calendar
- Chat services
- NearSpace storage
- Networking and collaboration tools
Visit the JPL IT website* (available via the JPL network) for more information about IT services.
One of JPL's quests is to share the work we do with the public through outreach and education and inspire the next generation of explorers. To that end, JPL hosts a number of public websites that feature news, videos, interactives, and educational resources, activities and programs. Exploring these websites can help you get a window into all of JPL's activities.
- JPL Education
- JPL News
- Asteroid Watch
- Global Climate Change
- Mars Exploration
- Science and Technology
- NASA Eyes
- Cassini Mission to Saturn
- Dawn Mission
- Juno Mission to Jupiter
- Spitzer Space Telescope
If your project involves developing a website, app or other online product, whether for public outreach purposes or the internal JPL community, please contact the Digital News and Media Office (1820) for guidelines, best practices and other resources.
See the sidebar on the right (or below if you're on a smartphone) for a list of key contacts at JPL.