The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley is a nationally-renowned lab created to better understand Earth’s atmosphere and space environment, the sun, solar system and the universe.


The ASSURE program, located at the Space Sciences Laboratory of the University of California at Berkeley, provides paid summer internships for undergraduate students to conduct cutting-edge research under the mentorship of leading experts in space science and engineering. Funding for the 2023 ASSURE program is currently pending.

We held an ASSURE information session on Wednesday, February 15th 2023. If you missed it, you can watch the recording of this information session.

Link to electronic application form. (Applications open Monday, January 23, 2023 and close Friday, March 3, 2023)

You will need a Google account to fill out the form.

For your reference, here is a PDF version of the application questions (though applications must be submitted electronically via the Google form above):

You will need:

  • Your most recent transcript
  • At least one, and at most two, letter(s) of recommendation submitted by the application deadline. References should be professors or other professionals who can attest to the applicants fit for the ASSURE program. Recommendation letters should be submitted electronically. Submission details for references are found below.
  • Short (~500 word) essays on:
  • Your academic and career goals
  • Your prior programming and research experience (none required!)
  • Your experience working in groups and teams
  • What skills you want to learn or improve and why

Applications open Monday, January 23, 2023 and close Friday, March 3, 2023, and will be considered on a rolling basis. Acceptance notifications will be made mid-March, 2023.

Interns should expect a stipend and housing support at levels similar to other NSF-funded REU programs; the specifics of financial support will become available once funding through the NSF and our program format are finalized.

Questions can be sent to:

Who should apply

This program is dedicated to providing opportunities for enthusiastic and dedicated first generation college students, underrepresented minorities, community college students, and any students for whom a research opportunity may be a challenge. Students majoring in physics, math, astronomy, astrophysics, computer science, chemistry, geology, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and other related subjects are encouraged to apply.


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree, and must also be enrolled in classes for Fall 2023. Students who are transferring from one college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate. Participants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

No research experience is required for this program. We are seeking motivated, self-starting students with an interest in space sciences and engineering who are eager to learn and expand their skills and experiences. Although not required, a basic understanding of computer programming will be helpful, as this is an important component of all projects. Check out previous project descriptions and results for examples of ASSURE student research.

Information for Letters of Reference

Please request letters of recommendation from at least one and up to two professors or professionals (preferably in your major field of study). Letters of reference must be emailed directly to and be received by the application due date (Friday, March 3, 2023).


Check out our FAQ page to see if it’s been answered. If not, contact

2023 Flyer

Projects from Previous Summers

See the pages below for student projects from previous summers of the ASSURE REU program:


The 2022 ASSURE program was funded by NSF grant number 2150055.

“Being part of SSL was a great experience. It’s not something that you just put on your resume. It’s something that you carry with you for a lifetime” — 2014 ASSURE participant