JPL offers two types of student programs: one where students are hired as employees through JPL's Human Resources office, and one where students are brought to the Lab as affiliates through JPL's Education Office, in partnership with Caltech. Each program has a different application process, but both share the same exciting and rewarding experiences. Students interested in either program must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program from an accredited university.
All of the program opportunities noted below work closely to ensure that students have the same stellar experience at JPL, with opportunities to network, participate in tours, attend lectures, seek career advice, and ready themselves for a bright future—regardless of their program.
On this website, you can apply to be hired as a student employee, onboarded by the JPL Human Resources office. These student programs are:
Academic part-time internship (APX)
The APX internship program is for students from local colleges and universities. Students can continue to attend school while gaining valuable working experience.
Co-op internship (Co-op)
Co-ops are for students seeking a full-time internship opportunity. Students take a leave of absence for one semester/quarter from their academic institution to complete a full-time, 6-month internship with JPL.
Summer internship (SUM)
The summer internship program is a full-time internship opportunity during the summer months for undergraduate, and graduate students. Summer interns gain practical work experience they can apply to their studies when they return to school in the fall.