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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.

Selected interns will receive a $7,300 stipend to cover the costs associated with being in Houston for the duration of the program. This amount covers the internship stipend, travel, housing, and cost of living expenses. Interns traveling from an international location may be eligible for an additional $500 to cover travel expenses. In addition to the stipend, financial support of up to $1,000 (domestic travelers) and up to $1,500 (international travelers) is offered to interns who submit an accepted abstract as first author to the upcoming Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Due to security issues, citizens of U.S. State Department Designated Countries are not eligible. Reference the Designated Country List at this website:

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Claudia Bellard