Call for 2016 Summer Interns

Are you contemplating a career in scientific research and development?   The Marine Physical Laboratory, at UC San Diego’s world renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is currently seeking inquisitive, motivated undergraduate students with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science to apply for the 2016 MPL Summer Internship Program.  Undergraduate college students majoring in Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Geology are encouraged to apply. This ten-week internship will offer qualified students the opportunity to work with some of the most notable scientists in the world and learn about marine science and technology while earning a modest salary.


  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at a college or university with a major applicable to research done at MPL and NOT in your senior year.
  • Considering a career in scientific research
  • Available to start at MPL in La Jolla, CA on or after June 1, 2016, and work the duration of the internship, ten consecutive weeks from the start date, for 40 hours per week at a salary of $14/hr.
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident and NOT a previous MPL intern
  • OK with working a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and surf


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.   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).


Acoustics and Infrasound

Applied Ocean Sciences

Autonomous Ocean Platforms and Global Observing Systems

Coastal Oceanography

Internal Waves and Ocean Mixing

Marine Mammal Biology

Nonlinear and Surface Waves

Ocean Acoustics

Ocean Instrumentation and Technology

Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions

Physical Oceanography

Population and Community Ecology

Upper Ocean and Submesoscale Processes



Whale Acoustics

Coastal Observatory Development

Whole Sky Imager

Observations of Waves and Currents Nearshore

Time Reversal Mirror in the Ocean

Air-Sea Interaction Research

Optical and Ancillary Measurements at High Latitudes in Support of the MODIS Ocean Validation Program

Reference Materials for Oceanic Carbon Dioxide Measurements



Marine Physical Laboratory

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