Chemistry Part-time Internship

Job Details

Do you excel in an environment that values exploration and discovery? We have a universe of opportunities waiting for you!



The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is NASA’s lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Our core competency is the end-to-end implementation of unprecedented robotic space missions to study Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe.



JPL, located in Pasadena, California, has a casual, campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.




We are proud to be part of NASA and Caltech, as we explore the universe and make history through new discoveries.



We aim to do things never done before and to go places few can go. We dare mighty things…do you?


As a member of the 353E Analytical Chemistry & Materials Development group, the person in this position will assist in the following:


  • Assist in daily chemistry lab activities
  • Maintain lab cleanliness
  • Sample intake, organization and preparation for analysis
  • Assist with shipping and receiving including contacting outside vendors for analysis
  • Maintain and track chemical and lab supply inventory
  • Assist with p-card and procurement orders process


Possible flight project support includes Mars 2020, Europa, and OCO-3.




Required Qualifications:

  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree program at a 4-year local accredited college or university pursuing a Bachelor's or Graduate degree in Chemistry, Biology, Materials Science or related technical discipline
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 out of a 4.0 cumulative GPA (or equivalent)
  • Be available to work minimum of 12 hours on a weekly basis over the period of performance
  • Must be at least half-time in school (except for summer)
  • General knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in chemistry
  • Experience working in a chemistry lab environment (during school/college)
  • Coursework providing an understanding and application of standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in chemistry
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent problem skills, teamwork, and written/oral communications skills
  • Good verbal and written communications skills with demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Experience working with chemicals
  • Experience with basic microscopy techniques
  • Experience with image editing software

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