We are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, but what makes us truly unique is the culture surrounding the work we do. We offer a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your whole self to work, continue to grow, and build lifelong bonds with inspiring teammates.
We offer you a career experience complete with food trucks on the Central Green, an on-site fitness center, the Central Spark innovation center where you can pursue ideas outside of your sponsors’ projects, and more. Our 450-acre campus, located close to Washington, DC, also provides easy access to the best of what the East Coast has to offer. Within just a couple hours’ drive, you can find gorgeous hikes in the mountains, beautiful beaches, and thriving urban nightlife.
Our diversity is one of our greatest assets, and we strive to foster an innovative environment driven by a spirit of inclusion and authenticity. To that end, we are committed to a culture that embraces open communication, lifts up different perspectives, and cultivates enterprise-wide collaboration.
Our Affinity Groups have an open membership policy where all are welcome regardless of background. We believe this creates a workplace where community voices are lifted up and allies feel empowered to offer their support. We have a wide range of Affinity Groups available for you to join, including:
A spirit of service permeates everything we do. At APL, many of us donate our time to and even serve on the boards of community service organizations. When you join our team, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved with existing community service activities or start your own based on the causes that are most important to you. From laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, to participating in Toys for Tots, to contributing to disaster relief collection efforts, to taking part in American Red Cross blood drives, our mission extends well beyond national security.
Our STEM Program Management Office is dedicated to helping students and teachers develop their literacy in STEM. Our family of STEM programs—Maryland MESA, Girl Power, STEM Academy, and ASPIRE—offers an integrated model for students in grades 3–12 to learn what being a STEM professional truly means. If you’re passionate about helping students in their educational journey, volunteering is a great way to get involved and make a difference.
We have more than 30 employee-run clubs that span a wide range of interests, from fitness and sports to cultural studies, religion, and the arts. Our sports facilities will also be available to you, including softball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and sand volleyball courts. Some of our most popular clubs are:
We were named to the inaugural Fast Company “Best Workplaces for Innovators” list in 2020. We also have team members who have received prestigious awards for a wide range of accomplishments, including NASA’s Outstanding Public Leadership Medal and the Rising Star Award at the Women of Color STEM Conference. When you join us, you can be sure you’ll be in good company.