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CAPT Randy Lynch
U.S. Navy

"As a Federal Executive Fellow with the Navy, I was honored to be selected to serve at the Applied Physics Laboratory. APL has long been known as the place that the Navy turns to in order to solve their most difficult engineering, tactical, and strategic problems. I was amazed everyday at the professionals who work for the Lab. They are truly patriots, supporting the Navy, Department of Defense, and our great nation. I had a very productive year with APL. The staff fully integrated me into the National Security Analysis Department, and I was also asked to work throughout the campus. My fellowship was a fantastic opportunity that was a win–win for both me and the Lab…and one that I am proud to have been a part of, if only for a year!"

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Janet Barth
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

"My opportunity to work at a premier R&D organization like APL was essential to my development as an executive at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. While at APL, I was given challenging opportunities to develop my executive skills, including working on business strategy from a grassroots level, understanding how to build and manage a workforce in a "direct charge" environment, and transitioning mission-inspired research to operational systems. In my role as an executive at NASA, I rely daily on the skills that I learned at APL. If you are in an executive development program, I highly recommend that you consider the Government Employee Fellowship Program."

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Interested in this program?

Potential candidates, government managers, or their representatives should e-mail questions to APL's Government Employee Fellowship Coordinator or call 240-228-5711.

APL's Government Employee Fellowship Program (GEFP) offers you tailored work experiences through immersion into one or more of APL's research and development programs.

While at APL, you will have an opportunity to conduct research, expand your systems engineering capabilities, and develop your leadership skills. Through direct exposure to advanced technologies and concepts, you will be tackling the most difficult and impactful issues facing our nation. You will gain insight into best practices in research, exploratory development, systems engineering and analysis, and program management, and you will be able to establish a valuable network of resources.

Working in APL's Dynamic Environment

The work done at APL spans multiple domains—from the ocean floor to outer space and cyber space. APL's success in making critical contributions to critical challenges comes from our broad range of technical competencies, unique design methodologies, and robust systems development strategies.

APL utilizes the best technologies—or develops new ones—to deliver cutting-edge, innovative solutions to meet the needs of our nation. As a GEFP Fellow, you will have an opportunity to improve your expertise in areas such as:

  • Command and Control
  • Combat Systems
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Unmanned and Autonomous Systems
  • Submarine Operations and Security
  • Information Assurance and Cyber Warfare
  • Intelligence Acquisition
  • Asymmetric Warfare Systems
  • Advanced Prosthetics
  • Space Science and Engineering
  • Communications and Networked Systems
  • Fundamental Research
  • Systems Engineering and Analysis
  • Program and Project Management

Partnering with APL

Once you are selected as a GEFP Fellow, a no-cost partnership agreement is established between APL and your federal government agency. You will be assigned to work at APL for a specified period as short as 2 months or as long as 12 months. During that time, you will be assigned an APL mentor and rapidly integrated into our work environment. Daily collaborations with our staff will prepare you for working on our most pressing national challenges.

Other information about participating in the GEFP:

  • Military or civilian government employees may participate
  • You must be nominated by your government agency
  • No funds are exchanged between APL and your federal government agency
  • You remain a government employee, and your agency continues to pay federal salary and benefits
  • You remain subject to government rules on ethics and conduct
  • Intellectual property and publication issues are negotiated based on the circumstances
  • You must provide a final briefing describing the fellowship experience to appropriate APL and government staff

Join Others Who Have Partnered with APL

Over the years, APL has hosted numerous government employees from the Navy, Army, Air Force, Intelligence Community, and other government agencies. These have also included interns from all of the military academies, Federal Executive Fellows, participants under training with industry agreements, and Senior Executive Service candidates. See what our previous Fellows had to say about the power of this program.

Join the growing list of federal government employees who have improved their capabilities through "hands-on" experiences in a variety of strategically important areas. Check with your government agency about participating in the APL GEFP!