JPL SIRI - Student Independent Research Intern Program

Spring 2014 Internships

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The SIRI program organized by JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) is geared towards students with an interest in computer science, engineering, math, and natural sciences. It is designed to give students real-life work experiences and mentorship. Students are paired with JPL scientists who aid them in their learning process and contribute to their intellectual growth.

Though the SIRI program is an unpaid internship, it provides valuable training and networking opportunities. Several of the Cal Poly students who participated in this program went on to full-time jobs or academic part-time jobs at JPL.

The SIRI program runs during the Fall and Spring sememsters and lasts approximately four months. The Fall Semester lasts from September to January and participating students will enroll in EGR 470 (2 units) for the Fall quarter. For the Spring Semester, running from January to June, enrollment will be in the Winter Quarter.


Applicants must be over the age of 18 with a minimum Cal Poly GPA of 3.0 or better, and must be US citizens or permanent residents. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Note that legal permanent residents from designated countries will require additional documentation from their JPL mentors for a security badge, and this may or may not influence their decision to select the student.

If selected, students must be able to provide 10-15 hours per week to work on specific projects under the supervision of JPL mentors during the semester. Program participation is limited to only one semester. If the participants wish to continue working at JPL after their completion of the program, and their JPL mentors are also interested, it would be under other auspices, such as NASA scholarships or work-study programs.

Sample Research Projects

The Announcements of Opportunity for Spring 2014 SIRI Program is currently available at JPL website. There is a variety of projects in the area of dcomputer vision, Deep space network, coding, software testing, hardware systems, data collection and analysis, and other scientific oriented projects. By clicking the link of each project, you will find the project description and skills required at the Student - Announcements of Opportunity.

To Apply

If you are interested and are qualified to apply, please submit the application form, your resume, and a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial) to Dr. Z. Aliyazicioglu by Monday, November 4, 2013. Your resume should be one to two pages and include the following information: long-term career goals, near-term academic plans, a list of skills (math, computer science, physical science, writing, etc.), work experience, and a sentence or two about any specific projects that reflect your best efforts to date, such as science projects, web sites, school papers, or publications.

For Biology majors, please submit your application package to Dr. Wei-Jen Lin.
For Physics majors, submit your application package to Dr. Ertan Salik or
Dr. Alexander Rudolph.  
For Engineering majors, submit your application package to Dr. Zekeriya Aliyazicioglu.
For Computer Science and all other majors, submit your application package to Dr. Daisy Sang.

Selection Process

The selection is a two-stage process. Initially, faculty advisors at Cal Poly will screen all applications and select those who meet the requirements and best fit the program goals. After the list of announcements of opportunity, including project titles and further details, are posted, students in this semi-final group will be required to prioritize tasks and submit on-line resumes to be reviewed by JPL mentors. Please make sure that you can be reached during December Quarter break for possible site or telephone interviews. Notification of final selections will be made in mid January and students will begin work at JPL on January 27, 2014.

Important Dates

November 4, 2013

Engineering majors- application package is due to Dr. Aliyazicioglu's office (Building 9, Room 406) by Monday, 11/4/2013
Other majors- please contact your faculty advisor for exact deadline

November 5 - 14

Engineering majors- Dr. Aliyazicioglu reviews student resumes, suggest corrections, students study AO's with faculty advisors and prioritize tasks
Other majors- please contact your faculty advisor for exact deadline

November 15

Student resumes submitted to JPL Mentors;
Each student may apply up to 3 projects

November 18 - 28

Students are matched with tasks; JPL mentors may contact students for personal or telophone interview;
Notification to students & faculty advisors of selections

December 2

JPL sends offer letters via email to students

January 27, 2014

Students begin work at JPL;
Student Trainee Orientation


Students submit work plans


Midterm report submitted to Mentors and Faculty Advisors


Final report and Presentation to Mentors and Faculty Advisors;
SIRI Student Commencement

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email me at any time.

Dr. Zekeriya Aliyazicioglu
Professor, Electrical and Computer engineering
Voice: 909.869.3667
Office: Building 9, Room 406