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NASA JPL Internships

​ (updated on 11/10/2015)  

 ---- SIRI Spring 2016 Applications Due Monday 11/30/2015----

Students interested in applying for SIRI Spring 2016 please note:
  • SIRI is unpaid
  • Applicants must be current SMC students this fall and during spring 2016
  • Students must be 18 years or older, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • A student should be able to commit 10-15 hours per week on the JPL premises and commit for an entire semester
  • A student may apply to a maximum of two projects (JPL calls a project, Announcement of Opportunity - AO). See SIRI SPRING 2016 AO file below for a list of AO’s
  • Each Project in the AO file below lists the skills required and preferred student major field of study.

To Apply submit the follow by Monday 11/30/2015:

  1. Must email Application (ApplicationFormSIRIFall15.pdfApplicationFormSIRIFall15.pdf form) + Current unofficial SMC transcripts in PDF format. The file must be named with the student’s lastname_firstname_Transcript_AO#. A student must submit a transcript file for each project applied for.
  2. Each resume must be directed towards one Project of JPL's available projects.  For a list of projects click: JPL SIRI SPRING 2016 AO ID.pdf
  3. Resume file must be named: lastname_firstname_AO#.
  4. Must email all files and have your SMC advisor email their recommendation by 11/30/2015.
Once all your files are submitted, you may hear from JPL directly if you are invited for an interview. JPL does not send rejection letters.

Spring 2016 SIRI starts on JPL campus from January 2016-May 2016-
exact dates (TBD) See page 2 of application for other details and where to send application to.


Questions? Contact 

Summer Fellowship CIPAIR Program has ended
Link to Summer Fellowships at JPL
for SMC Faculty and Students

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Upcoming Events (newest at the top)​​

May 21 2015

October 17 2013

November 8 2012

October 11, 2012

November 29, 2011

SIRI and NCAS Info session in Science 157 11:15-12:15. Link to slides PDF. Spring2015Presentation.pdfSpring2015Presentation.pdf

SIRI Info Session  in HSS 165 11:15-12:15. This event is intended for students.
See application link on top of this page.

Summer 2013 Fellowships Info session on November 8, 2012 in HSS 165 from 11:15-12:30. This event is open to all SMC STEM field faculty and students. 

SIRI Info Session  in Art 214 11:15-12:30. This event is intended for students.
See our flyer here

JPL-SMC Faculty Fellows Symposium 11:15-12:15 Sci 140.
This event is intended for Faculty and Students. Flyer​
Links to Professor Stuart Cooley Presentation. JPL Experience, Research Outcome.

In Summer 2011, 4 SMC faculty completed JPL fellowship working with scientists. They will discuss their experience and its impact on their careers and students.

In Summer 2012, 4 SMC faculty will also be awarded such fellowships. For more info scroll down this page or contact

Tuesday November 8, 2011

Cool Careers 11:15-12:30 Cayton Center upstairs lobby.
This event is intended for Students.
Scientist from JPL will tell students about their careers on earth and in space!
Come and find out about Internships at JPL sponsored by NASA/CIPAIR CARA's grant. Flyer​​​
=> See images from this event  NASA JPL Internship interested audience  Current SMC students Interns at JPL  NASA JPL Scientist Bill Patzert

​​In 2010 the CSIS department received a three-year grant from NASA, the Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award for Integration of Research (CIPAIR). This project, the Curriculum Alignment and Research Advance​ment (CARA) aims to promote undergraduate research in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.

The CARA project is a collaboration between the CSIS, Earth Sciences, and Physical Sciences departments.​


Want to​ know how your area of study can get you a career at NASA?
Click the link below, then choose major of study. You will see the different fields at NASA where you can work within certain disciplines:


NASA Internships for Community College Students


NASA's JPL has many students programs. Through CARA our project emphasizes these:
  1. Stu​dents Independent Research Internships (SIRI) which runs every Fall and Spring.​ Deadlines are typically in May for the following Fall, and in November for the following Spring. To apply to SIRI, you need an account. To get an account download and fill out the application.​ 
    Instructions on where to submit can be found on the application.

  2. SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship through CALTECH)
    Dates of Internships: Mid-June to late August, 10 week period in the summer. Website:
    Applications Deadline: Usually in February for the following Summer.
    SMC students and Faculty in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are encouraged to apply. When applying through CARA, students and faculty are eligible for stipends.


Previous NASA Grants:

In 2006, the CSIS department received a grant from NASA

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to develop the three areas below. 

This grant was completed in December 2008.


Project Management


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Project Management

CS 9A Technology Project Management I
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Students receive a free copy of MS Project  if they are registered in CS9A or CS9B.

Project Management Certificate of Completion

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Linux Network Administration

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Windows Network Administration

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Network Fundamentals & Architecture

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Secure Server Installation & Admin.

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CS 22
Introduction to Mobile Robots

CS 23
Expert Systems and Chatbots

CS 25 (New Class)
Embedded Systems

CS 42
Computer Architecture

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Certificate of Completion

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