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College Summer Internships

APL offers science and engineering internships each summer. The Laboratory’s internship program provides practical work experience and an introduction to APL. Students spend the summer working with APL scientists and engineers, conducting research, developing leadership skills, and growing professionally.

This past summer, more than 350 interns from 120 colleges and universities worked at APL. These interns ranged from freshmen to Ph.D. level, worked on projects across the Laboratory in every technical department, and had the opportunity to network throughout the summer at receptions, social events, seminars, and workshops.

Applications for the 2018 program will be accepted beginning on September 5, 2017. Applications will no longer be accepted after March 31, 2018.



Note: U.S. citizenship and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) are required.

Special Internship Opportunities

In addition to the college summer internship program, APL offers several specialized intern programs.

The ATLAS Program

The APL Technology Leadership Scholars (ATLAS) program provides a unique educational opportunity for a select group of students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Minority Institutions. Learn more >>

RISE@APL (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) Program for JHU Students

The RISE@APL program for JHU students provides a unique educational opportunity for a select group of students from The Johns Hopkins University. Learn more >>

GEM Graduate School Internships

APL is a founding member of GEM, the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps minority students attend graduate school. Learn more >>

APL NASA Intern Program

APL is offering summer projects for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities. Learn more >>

ASPIRE High School Intern Program

The ASPIRE internship program exposes high school juniors and seniors to real-world applications of what they are learning in school while also giving them hands-on work experience. Learn more »