MPL Summer Internship Program

Interns assemble in advance of one-day cruise on research vessel Sproul

Interns assemble in advance of one-day cruise on research vessel Sproul

The Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) at world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) seeks inquisitive motivated undergraduates with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science, majoring in engineering, physics, applied mathematics, chemistry, biology, geology or related majors. 

Undergraduate college students contemplating a career in scientific research and development are encouraged to apply for a summer research internship in marine science and technology. This ten- week summer internship program offers qualified students the opportunity to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world while earning a modest salary. In addition to their research, students will attend weekly seminars given by members of our faculty and scientific staff.



Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in their first, second, or third year of undergraduate status. Senior year undergrads, former MPL interns and high school applicants are not eligible.


Application Procedure

To apply, submit your application via the online application form, beginning October 1.  Applications will only be considered when submitted via the online application.  Applications are due January 17, 2020, at 4 p.m. Pacific time.  Applications will not be reviewed until after the application due date.  Decisions will be emailed to applicants by the end of April.   


Required Documents:

  1. Resume
  2. Statement of interest, including anticipated date of graduation 
  3. Academic records / unofficial transcripts
  4. Two letters of recommendation from current / recent professors




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