Marine Physical Laboratory Summer Internship Program 2024

The Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) is an organized research unit of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and lab at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO).

Originally established as a Navy-orientated research laboratory in 1946, MPL has maintained a strong multidisciplinary research program consisting entirely of sponsored projects, with a large sponsorship from the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

MPL is currently seeking applications for its 2024 Summer Intern Program. Applicants should be inquisitive and motivated first, second or third year undergraduate students with a strong background in quantitative science with majors in Marine Science, Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Summer Intern salary will be $16.85 per hour, not to exceed 40 hours per week. Each intern will also receive a $6,000 (taxable) stipend to defray the cost of lodging, meals, and transportation. This program lasts for approximately 10 consecutive weeks. This internship is located at SIO in beautiful La Jolla, California. Deadline for applications is Friday, Jan 12, 2024 at 4p.m. Pacific time. Additional information about the MPL Summer Internship Program and requirements is available via the MPL internship website at

Applicants Should:

  • be currently enrolled as a 1st, 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate student at a college or university with a major applicable to research done at MPL -- such as marine science, applied mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering -- and should not be in your senior year
  • be considering a career in scientific research
  • be available to start at MPL in La Jolla, California, in June or the first week in July 2024 and work the duration of the internship, 10 consecutive weeks from the start date
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and not have already been an MPL intern
  • be at least 18 years old as of the internship start date

Applications will be accepted until Friday, Jan 12, 2024 at 4p.m. Pacific time.