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LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science

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Application Deadline: DECEMBER 13, 2021, 11:59 PM CST

The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences. Students with majors in a physical or natural science, engineering, computer science, or mathematics are preferred, but all eligible students will be considered.

The 10-week program runs from June 6–August 12, 2022. Summer interns will work one-on-one with a scientist from the LPI or the NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project. Interns are selected by the project advisors who look for academic excellence and scientific interest and backgrounds compatible with their specific project needs.

Given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 internship program may be held in person, virtually, or as a combination of those formats. Selected participants will be notified in March 2022 of the internship format. Interns participating in person will be located either at the Lunar and Planetary Institute or the NASA Johnson Space Center, both in Houston, Texas

Eligibility

Undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit are eligible. Students with majors in a physical or natural science, engineering, computer science, or mathematics are preferred, but all eligible students will be considered. Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, religion, or other protected status.

Selection is based on these criteria:

  • Scholarship, curriculum, and experience
  • Career objectives and scientific interest
  • Match of applicant’s interest with available research projects

All online application information must be received by the LPI no later than December 13, 2021, 11:59 p.m., CST. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Notification of selection will be made by March 2022. Successful applicants should be prepared to make a decision regarding the offer to participate within two days of notification.

Benefits

The benefits of this internship include:

  • Gaining valuable research experience
  • Developing new skills and refining others
  • Meeting and working with professionals, establishing contacts for letters of reference and networking
  • Experiencing a new work environment

Application Procedure

You will need to apply using the online application form. Paper applications will not be accepted. Applications are only accepted using the online application form.

Once you begin the application, you must complete all questions on the form, including essay-style questions. Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation email with your application number and a link to view the status of your reference letters. You are required to submit three reference letters and official transcripts to qualify for the program.

Transcripts and letters of recommendation may be submitted independently, but they must be received by December 13, 2021, for your application to be considered.

Hard copy and electronic transcripts are accepted. Ask your college registrar to mail an official hard copy transcript to:

LPI Summer Intern Program
Application #
3600 Bay Area Boulevard,
Houston, TX 77058-1113.

All official electronic transcripts should be sent directly from the college or the college’s vendors to: internprogram@lpi.usra.edu.

Be sure to include your application number in the address you provide to your registrar. Transcripts must be received by the LPI no later than December 13, 2021.

If you are a foreign national, you must provide proof of English proficiency through one of these accepted methods:

  • Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score
  • A letter from one of the professors in the English department at your college confirming that you have sufficient spoken and written English language skills to successfully participate in the internship program

Questions may be directed to:
Claudia Bellard
internprogram@lpi.usra.edu

Official Website: LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science

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