JPL SIRI - Student Independent Research Intern Program

Spring 2017 Internships

[Announcement Flyer] [Application Form]

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 December and participating Computer Science students will enroll in CS 461 for the Fall Quarter. For the Spring Semester, running from January to May, enrollment will be in the Winter Quarter.


Applicants must be over the age of 18 with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and must be US citizens or permanent residents. SIRI is no longer open to graduate students. Only undergraduate resumes will be accepted.

If selected, students must be able to provide 10-15 hours per week to work on specific projects on the JPL premises (no off-lab or online activities are permitted), and are also required to participate in periodic meetings, and prepare progress plans, reports, and make a final presentation. Please think ahead and adjust your class schedule accordingly. 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.

Research Projects

There is a variety of projects in the area of database design, web development, coding, software testing, GUI and OpenGL, hardware systems, data collection and analysis, and other scientific oriented projects.

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 your faculty advisor:

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 (

Your resume should be one to two pages and include the following information: full name and current contact information, current major(s) and minor(s) if applicable, cumulative GPA, previous work experience, research experience, special projects (such as science projects, web sites, school papers, or publications), coursework and/or skills (computer science, math, physical science, writing, etc.) that are relevant to the opportunity.

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 resumes for a maximum of two opportunities. Please note that a student may be offered an internship that he/she did not initially apply to, at the discretion of JPL. Students who receive multiple internship offers will receive information on all projects and given an opportunity to select their preferred position. Please make sure that you can be reached during the selection process for possible site or telephone interviews. Notification of final selections will be made on or about December 16, 2016, and students will begin work at JPL in mid-January 2017.

Important Dates

November 10, 2016 CS majors- application package is due to Dr. Sang's office (Building 8, Room 49) by Thursday, 11/10/2016
Other majors- please contact your faculty advisor for exact deadline
November 14-21 CS majors- Dr. Sang 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 28 Student resumes/unofficial transcripts submitted to JPL Mentors;
Each student may apply up to 2 projects
December 2-16 Students are matched with tasks; JPL mentors may contact students for personal or telophone interviews;
Notification to students & faculty advisors of selections
January 9, 2017 Students begin work at JPL;
Student Trainee Orientation
TBA Students submit work plans
TBA Midterm report submitted to Mentors and Faculty Advisors
April 2017 Last day of internship (with extensions granted on a case-by-case basis)
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. Daisy F. Sang
Professor, Computer Science Department
Voice: 909.869.3469
Office: Building 8, Room 49