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APL College Summer Intern Program

Each summer, more than 400 college students from across the country are invited to intern at APL. As a college intern, you’ll spend the summer contributing to engineering and research projects that help protect our nation and expand the frontiers of science.

The APL Intern Experience

As an APL intern, you’ll work alongside experts in your field and make critical contributions to real-world projects. Typical internship assignments include:

  • Developing software applications in Java, C, or C++
  • Designing and prototyping hardware and electronic instruments
  • Signal processing and data analysis
  • Testing and analyzing wireless communication systems
  • Algorithm analysis and development
  • Embedded systems testing and integration
  • Creating modeling and simulation tools using MATLAB
  • Designing and modeling mechanical parts in SolidWorks

Besides interesting, challenging summer projects, the APL intern experience features:

  • Tours of some of our 700+ labs
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Social and networking activities
  • Competitive pay
  • Flexible start and end dates

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We hire interns at all levels of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, primarily in STEM fields. We offer limited internship opportunities for students majoring in business, human resources, finance, marketing, and other related fields.

Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and U.S. citizenship to qualify.