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APL NASA Intern Program

Spend a summer at APL working with the nation's leading space scientists and engineers on NASA missions or space-related research projects.

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Eligibility: Rising sophomore, junior, senior or early graduate level as of fall of the program year; min. GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; U.S. citizen; certification of approved background investigation.

Work Location: Students participating in the APL NASA Intern Program will be assigned to summer positions at the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, and will make critical contributions to current and future missions and grants during their assignments in the Space Sector.

Description: The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a not-for-profit center for engineering, research and development. APL is a division of one of the world's premier research universities, Johns Hopkins. The 399-acre campus, 20 miles north of Washington, DC, is home to over 5,500 men and women who work on more than 600 programs that protect our homeland and advance the nation's vision in research and space science.

Contributions made by previous NASA/APL interns...

APL's Civil Space Mission Area makes critical contributions to the missions of its major sponsor, NASA, to meet the challenges of space science. They conduct research and space exploration; develop and apply space science, engineering, and technology—including the production of one-of-a-kind spacecraft, instruments, and subsystems; and focus primarily on the science discipline of space physics and planetary science. The Laboratory has built instruments and spacecraft to destinations such as Pluto, Mercury, the Sun and our moon. Continuing these challenges, APL is supporting NASA as it implements initiatives to explore the reaches of our solar system.

Their purpose is to advance the knowledge and use of space for the benefit of humankind and to support national objectives by providing leadership in developing innovative, cost-effective, end-to-end space missions. APL has designed, developed and launched 64 spacecraft and over 150 space instruments, and are developing new space concepts, technology, and implementation strategies while also helping to heighten interest in scientist and engineering careers through space educational programs.

Duration: 10 Weeks

Dates: June – August

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JHU/APL College Summer Internships

APL offers science and engineering internships each summer. The program provides practical work experience and an introduction to APL. Students spend the summer working with APL scientists and engineers, conducting research, developing leadership skills, and growing professionally.

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