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New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire ... Read more

Mission: To serve the nation by exploring space in the pursuit of discoveries that benefit humanity.

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  • Meet Erin, who landed her first internship at JPL in 2013 after her junior year at University of California, Berkeley! Having been at JPL as a junior visiting researcher and a full-time intern, Erin is hoping for a postdoctoral role at JPL after completing her Ph.D. program at University of California, Los Angeles next year.

    “I’ve watched the summer program grow over the past six summers. When I first came it was so much smaller than it is now, and just over the past six years it’s really exploded. I think that’s so great, mostly because I know my experience, and my life wouldn’t have been the same without it.”

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Why Work For Us?


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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a unique collaboration between NASA and Caltech. We are funded by the space agency to serve the space program and national interests, while staffed and managed by one of the world’s premier academic Institutions. This synergy offers opportunities and technical resources that would not be possible in either realm alone. 

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers — literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission — your opportunity — is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.  


Explore our opportunities: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/opportunities/


Why work at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory?


1. Our mission is bigger than all of us.

You could say our mission is as big as space. Our discoveries in technology and space exploration advance humanity in many directions. We are creating new solutions, new potential, and even new ways of seeing the universe and life itself. If that sounds a little grandiose, it's because it is.

2. We're not just dreamers, we're doers.

The bigger your imagination, the better you'll like it here. Just remember, we don't stop at imagining big things — we make them happen. Some people are visionary and some people are pragmatic, but we need to be 100% both. So now that you have dreamed it, how will you make it so?

3. We like impossible.

To us, insurmountable odds aren't frustrating — they're stimulating. Pursuing solutions is an obsession with us. It's why we get out of bed. And the more challenging the struggle, the more amazing it feels when that solution is at hand.

4. We always have more to learn.

It's impossible to know everything, but that doesn't stop us from trying. We crave knowledge, and we're always looking for the chance to learn something new. That's just how we're wired. Fortunately, it's also one of the things that makes us great at what we do.

5. We're in it for the journey.

A longer journey takes us more places we've never been. We discover things most people will never see. Instead of getting tired, we just grow more committed to the destination. More invested. Sometimes a little possessive. And nothing is going to pry us loose until we see what's at the end of the journey. 

6. We elevate the work by elevating each other.

We all have a vested interest in each other because our mission won't succeed unless we all succeed. It's a simple reality with a powerful effect — when you need help, it will always be there. Because what elevates one will elevate us all.



JPL benefits from a workforce comprising of diverse, independently minded people. Our people thrive on analysis and are energized by dialectic. As the saying goes, if you get five JPLers together, you will have at least seven viewpoints. The give-and-take that characterizes all our meetings, reviews and decisions is what strengthens our designs, plans and results.

JPL’s college-campus-like atmosphere breathes innovation. At JPL, our relaxed dress code and outdoor workspaces allow JPLers to work and think freely, coffee carts give us an extra afternoon boost and the constant pedestrian foot-traffic guarantees a broadband of intellectual exchanges.

 

Our quests are the profound questions we strive to answer.

Our vision lies in our universe and beyond — to serve the nation by exploring space in the pursuit of discoveries that benefit humanity. 


Our quests are the profound questions we strive to answer.

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Awards & Accolades

  • Robert J. Collier Trophy, National Aeronautic Association, 2012
  • Foundation Award for Excellence, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2013
  • One of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT, OCIO, 2013
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