DoD STEM internships allow high school and college students the opportunity to engage in hands-on research, solving real-world problems at DoD laboratories and facilities.
Advanced Course in Engineering
Advanced Course in Engineering (ACE) seeks to produce the next-generation cyber security leaders from the top students at US colleges and universities, targeting the best in computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics and physics. ACE develops students into problem solvers, original thinkers and technical leaders. A 10-week tradecraft curriculum and a capstone exercise provide the forum for the cadets to put into practice the educational concepts learned in the course, to test state-of-the-art tools and to gather data for use in ongoing activities.
The College Qualified Leaders (CQL) program matches practicing DoD scientists with talented college students creating a direct mentor-student relationship, providing participants with training that is unparalleled at most colleges. CQL students receive firsthand research experience and exposure to DoD laboratories. Selected participants receive a stipend based on education and experience and may participate year-round. The CQL internship is primarily designed for greater than six-month work-study internships and are available year round or just during the summer.
The High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) provides high school juniors and seniors with an authentic science and engineering research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army. Students will develop skills in critical science and engineering research areas in a university lab setting to prepare them for the next steps of their educational and professional career. Students receive an educational stipend equivalent to $10 per hour, and are allowed to work up to 300 hours total. The students contribute to the Army’s research in the laboratory while learning research methods, using advanced research equipment and becoming a part of an active research group.
AEOP - Research Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP)
The Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) is a summer STEM program that places talented high school students, from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in STEM, in research apprenticeships at area colleges and universities. REAP apprentices work under the direct supervision of a mentor on a hands-on research project. REAP apprentices are exposed to the real world of research, gain valuable mentorship, and learn about education and career opportunities in STEM. REAP apprenticeships are five to eight weeks long (minimum of 200 hours) and apprentices receive a stipend.
URAP provides undergraduate students with an authentic science and engineering research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army Research Office. Through this commuter program, students will develop skills in Army critical science and engineering research areas in a university lab setting to prepare them for the next steps of their educational and professional career.
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program offers stipend-paid summer internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate level university students pursuing STEM degrees, as well as upper-level high school students; select locations also offer internships to university students pursuing education-related degrees and K-12 professional educators. The selected interns gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects.
AFRL/DAGSI Ohio Student-Faculty Research Fellowship Program
The AFRL/DAGSI Ohio Student-Faculty Research Fellowship program, funded primarily through DAGSI by the Ohio Board of Regents (BOR), supports graduate science and engineering students and faculty who conduct research in areas targeted by the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
The key program objectives are to: strengthen AFRL research ties to Ohio’s academic science and engineering community, stimulate effective collaboration between Ohio universities and the AFRL, leverage Ohio research funding with AFRL, university, and industry funding and other resources, and develop research talent to meet AFRL and Ohio high-tech workforce needs. All projects involve basic research in aerospace technologies and originate from research topics provided by AFRL Directorates headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Open to graduates and faculty.
Military Branch or Component:
Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH Eglin AFB and Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Business Management and Acquisition Summer Intern Program
The National Security Agency's (NSA) Business Management & Acquisition (BM&A) Summer Intern Program offers the opportunity for training and experience within a multi-faceted business discipline. The BM&A Summer Internship offers full-time paid internships for undergraduate and master's degree students each year. It is a 12-week program that gives rising college seniors or graduate level students the opportunity to build knowledge and skills in the business field.
NSA summer interns will work directly with top-notch BM&A business professionals on any one of the following projects/requirements that ultimately impact Agency decisions and operations: negotiating multimillion dollar contracts; developing the Agency's annual budget; acquiring products and services from industry partners; developing negotiation positions; providing financial support for major acquisition programs; working with other intelligence agencies and Department of Defense organizations to develop various support agreements.
The Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program (CAE-Cyber Ops Summer Intern Program) is the National Security Agency's (NSA) premier outreach program for students enrolled in the Cyber Operations specialization at NSA-designated universities. Selectees will be invited to participate in a 12-week summer program to gain knowledge of specific cyber-related topics and apply educational knowledge to address various real world mission-related technical challenges. Participants in the program will work on a broad range of problems involving applications of computer science and engineering.
Civil Liberties and Privacy (CLP) Summer Intern Program
The NSA Civil Liberties and Privacy (CLP) Summer Intern Program offers a rising college senior exposure to a variety of cryptologic disciplines and civil liberties and privacy processes. The intensive 12-week program runs from mid-May through mid-August for select undergraduates entering the final year of an undergraduate degree program.
This program permits summer interns to actively participate in or support on-going CLP activities under the guidance of NSA professionals responsible for the following activities: identifying and documenting existing Agency CLP activities; identifying and making recommendations regarding improvements to existing gaps in CLP protections; identifying topics for and providing input to external reports on activities; creating written and briefing material suitable for both internal executive-level as well as public audiences; establishing or coordinating mechanisms to ensure NSA complies with appropriate Department of Defense and Intelligence Community regulations and standards to ensure that protection of civil liberties and privacy is incorporated into NSA policies and procedures; and managing or preparing, as appropriate, mandatory and ad-hoc internal and external reports.