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RISE@APL Intern Program

If you’re a full-time Johns Hopkins University (JHU) student majoring in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or physics and would like to strengthen your preparation for a technical career, the RISE@APL (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) program is designed for you. This highly competitive summer internship program focuses on professional development.

RISE@APL is offered to well-qualified, highly motivated undergraduates and graduate students who have an interest in engineering and applied scientific research and are attending JHU.

RISE@APL participants will have the opportunity to work at APL, where they will be partnered with a staff mentor experienced in their field of study.

Those accepted into the program will spend their summer in one of the following mission areas:

  • Air and Missile Defense
  • Civil Space
  • Cyber Operations
  • Homeland Protection
  • National Health
  • National Security Analysis
  • National Security Space
  • Precision Strike
  • Research and Exploratory Development
  • Sea Control
  • Special Operations
  • Strategic Deterrence

Research in Your Field

At APL, RISE@APL participants are teamed with a staff scientist or engineer who is conducting research and development in a field consistent with the intern’s academic major.

Participating students have the chance to apply their schooling and hone their problem-solving skills while helping to solve critical problems affecting our nation.

Typical internship assignments may include:

  • Software Design and Development
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • Hardware Design
  • Data/Systems Design
  • Scientific Research

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For consideration, applicants should be:

  1. An engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, or Earth and planetary sciences major
  2. A full-time student at JHU
  3. An achiever with at least a 3.0 overall GPA
  4. A person with an interest in applied scientific research
  5. A U.S. citizen (required in order to obtain a security clearance)

APL typically hires students who have, at a minimum, completed their sophomore year of study in a technical discipline. Internships are only available as a paid experience, and not for academic credit.


Applications are being accepted September 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021.


For more information, contact Nicole Anderson.