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The ATLAS Program

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If you’ve completed your sophomore year of college with a strong academic record 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 undergraduates attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Minority Institutions (MIs) who have an interest in applied scientific research.

Research in Your Field

Once at APL, ATLAS interns are teamed 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 talents and hone their problem-solving skills and techniques while helping to solve to critical problems affecting the nation.

Professional Growth

ATLAS summer interns attend professional development seminars that help them learn how to operate effectively in professional and business environments. Interpersonal skill development, interviewing, 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, to grow personally and professionally, and to 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 the Laboratory.

Who Should Apply?

Students attending HBCUs, HSIs, and MIs are encouraged to apply if they have completed their sophomore year and meet the following requirements:

  • Are majoring in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, applied mathematics, or applied physics disciplines
  • Have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have U.S. citizenship

How to Apply

Click here to apply for an ATLAS internship.

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

  1. Letter of recommendation from a faculty member that indicates the applicant's technical capabilities
  2. Resume or statement from the applicant describing his or her interests or capabilities
  3. Official transcript indicating a minimum 3.0 GPA—on a 4.0 scale—in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, applied mathematics, or applied physics. Students should have completed their sophomore year prior to employment.

For more information, contact:

Jill Clevenger
College Recruiting Office
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723-6099

240-228-8777 (Washington)
443-778-8777 (Baltimore)
240-228-5274 (Fax)