NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Intern Reviews

Updated 3 Oct 2019

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  1. "Memorable Experience"

    5.0
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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in La Canada Flintridge, CA
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    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    You will learn a lot of things during the internship as well as improving skills that you already have. Lots of connections to be made.

    Cons

    Limited Parking options for interns but JPL does very well to accommodate this.

  2. "Great Summer Program"

    5.0
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    Great access to JPL employees for mentorship. Interns get to work on actual flight projects that will end up in space. 9/80 schedule is nice. I learned a ton.

    Cons

    Compensation is below similar aerospace oppurtunities.


  3. "Internship"

    5.0
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    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Pasadena, CA
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    Neutral Outlook
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    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    Very chill and a lot of cool stuff for interns. Best work/life balance

    Cons

    Low pay, no free food

  4. "Great Experience"

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Pasadena, CA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    Great mentorship! Great pay for internship.

    Cons

    None. Maybe one can say it is too bureaucratic

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  5. "Boring if you don't go out and look for things to do."

    4.0
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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Pasadena, CA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    You're surrounded by some of the most interesting work going on at NASA. A lot of stuff is going on at JPL, and if you were to ask questions to random people working there they'd probably pause whatever they're doing to explain it to you (if you're a summer intern)

    Cons

    Your own job can be very boring. To keep it interesting you should go look for things to do on your own, in terms of your project.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "After speaking with many here, this seems to be the general consensus"

    4.0
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    Current Intern - Summer Intern in La Canada Flintridge, CA
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    Neutral Outlook
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    I have been working at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for less than a year

    Pros

    *Most people are warm, friendly, and excited to share with you their research *Location, location, location. Government Benefits etc * Looks great on a resume (JPLers are Caltech employees meaning a little less bureaucracy /cuts than other centers) *Main NASA center involved in satellite/rover/robotics missions and very exciting (e.g. Curiosity) *Beautiful campus(fully equipped with a couple deer families) & supposed best food out of all other NASA centers

    Cons

    *Although only an intern could def. see how management is a bit coarse *Know people who deserve recognition but looked over * Don't know if a proposal/mission that you work on for months/years will even get through *NASA is a non-defense gov't agency so funding is not as secure for the cutting edge exciting missions *Less funding=less flagship missions = sadness (Oh and gov't generally means less pay and recognition for your work. ESPECIALLY if there's no Dr. in front of your name..)

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    "Great experience working on cutting-edge projects"

    5.0
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    Summer Intern in Pasadena, CA
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    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    Privileged to work on interesting projects. There is an exchange of a lot of technical knowledge and the exposure you get while working here is great. Also the 9/80 schedule is a bonus. High employee moral.

    Cons

    Compared to similar positions at other companies, the salary compensation is not quite up to par.

  8. "JPL Review"

    4.0
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    Summer Intern 
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    I worked at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Pros

    1) Brilliant scientists 2) Very nice people 3) lots of flexibility to do your research 4) pay is great, especially for science lab internships 5) Employee discounts to amusement parks, etc

    Cons

    1) Can be bit isolating at times, especially as an intern 2) Pay could potentially be better Not much of other cons for working in JPL.

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