NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

About NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Formed in 1936, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federally funded research and development center managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech.) JPL joined NASA as an FFRDC when the agency was founded in 1958.

JPL helped open the Space Age by developing America's first Earth-orbiting science satellite, creating the first successful interplanetary spacecraft, and sending robotic missions to the solar system.

Today JPL continues its world-leading innovation, implementing programs in planetary exploration, Earth science, space-based astronomy and technology development while applying its capabilities to technical and scientific problems of national significance.

Above all, we are explorers. At JPL we promote collaboration, innovation, integrity, and excellence in distinct academic areas. We turn ideas for science investigation into the reality of groundbreaking space missions, partnering with our strategic business teams to guide JPL into the future.

Explorers wanted.


Mechanical Engineering Intern

July 2018 Pasadena, CA
“The culture at JPL is absolutely amazing. Everyone is so willing to help and teach what they know to others. The projects JPL is currently working on are very exciting and there’s no shortage of tasks that covers a wide range of interests. I was fortunate to be placed on two flight projects: Europa clipper and Mars 2020 serving two different roles. Mars 2020 is currently being built and is much further along in the spacecraft development process while Clipper is just starting to see actual hardware and is still early on in development. Getting to see two different perspectives has been an incredible experience and has taught me a lot about mission planning and systems engineering.”

Year long Engineering Intern

May 2020 Pasadena, CA
“Interning at JPL has been exciting and engaging since the moment I started in 2019. They offer countless opportunities for networking, learning about the lab, meeting other interns, and engaging in technical talks from highly skilled researchers from around the world. There’s no place that merges science and engineering better than at JPL.”
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