Scanning Electron Microscopy Part Time Internship

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Job ID: 11422

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.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a 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.


This opportunity is in the Analysis and Test Laboratory which provides a broad range of analytical capabilities supporting qualification, testing and failure analysis of components intended for space applications.   This specific role will be primarily working in the SEM / FIB area and assist in bringing new applications online, such as nanoprobing, electron backscatter diffraction and advanced circuit imaging techniques.  Will assist in supporting analyses and producing reports support various flight projects.



  • Must be currently enrolled and taking courses at least half-time at an accredited college or university pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related technical discipline.
  • Completed coursework with exposure to standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in engineering
  • Must be available to work between 15-30 hours per week
  • Knowledge and experience with MS Office.
  • Must have a Minimum GPA of 3.0


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to work in a team environment
  • Willing to learn; self-motivated.
  • Prior JPL internship experience in engineering areas.
  • Participation in student organizations.
  • Self-starter that can work with minimal supervision.
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) experience
  • Focused Ion Beam Microscope (FIB) experience
  • Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) experience
  • Sample preparation experience

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