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The ATLAS Program

If you’re a full-time college student majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field and would like to strengthen your preparation for a technical career, the APL Technology Leadership Scholars (ATLAS) Program is designed for you. This highly competitive 12-week program focuses on technology leadership development.

The ATLAS Summer Intern Program is offered to well-qualified, highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students who have an interest in applied scientific research and are attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Minority Institutions (MIs).

Research in Your Field

Once at APL, ATLAS interns are paired with a staff scientist or engineer who is conducting research or a program evaluation in a field of study consistent with the intern’s academic major. Interns will have the opportunity to demonstrate their academic abilities and hone their problem-solving skills and techniques while helping to solve to critical problems affecting our nation.

Professional Growth

ATLAS summer interns attend professional development seminars that teach them how to operate effectively in professional and business environments. Interpersonal skill development, interviewing skills, and resume preparation are addressed. Interns also get the chance to practice communication skills like technical writing and public speaking. Our goal is to help students understand and appreciate their own aptitude, grow personally and professionally, and envision their future careers.


ATLAS scholars receive full-time summer intern salaries, including standard holidays. Round-trip travel expenses to APL are provided. Students are responsible for obtaining housing and arranging for transportation to and from APL.

Who Should Apply?

Students attending HBCUs, HSIs, and other MIs are encouraged to apply if they are at least a rising sophomore or graduate student and meet the following requirements:

  • Are majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field
  • Are interested in applied scientific research
  • Have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have U.S. citizenship
  • Have completed their freshman year

How to Apply

Click here to apply for an ATLAS internship.

Applications must be submitted before December 31, along with the following:

  1. Resume or statement from the applicant describing his or her interests or capabilities
  2. Unofficial transcript indicating a minimum 3.0 GPA—on a 4.0 scale—in STEM fields

For more information, contact:

Jill Clevenger
College Recruiting Office