College and Graduate Programs

Internships in Laser Science and Engineering

Directed Energy Internships in Laser Technologies

The Army Research Laboratory Electro-optics and Photonics Division is involved in creating enabling technology for high power lasers. Research topics include solid-state lasers at cryogenic temperatures, ceramic laser gain media, eye-safer laser concepts, upconversion, spectroscopy of novel laser materials, fiber lasers, stimulated Brillouin scattering, and coherent beam combining. One to two students will be hired as summer interns in 2015. We are seeking undergraduate and graduate student candidates in physics, electrical engineering, materials sciences, and optics, who are U.S. citizens. Dual citizenship is insufficient. First-time participants must have at least one full year of school to complete following the summer of 2015. For more information, or to submit a résumé and transcript, send email to Applicants should state in the email that they meet both the citizenship and continuing education requirements. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by February 28, 2015. Program sponsored by the Directed Energy Professional Society The ARL is located at 2800 Powder Mill Rd, Adelphi, MD.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship

NDSEG is a graduate fellowship program for students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude towards training in science and engineering. Fellowships are awarded to applicants pursuing doctoral degrees in disciplines closely related to an area of DoD interest. ARL is involved in the final selection of the Army's 63 NDSEG Fellows each year. For more information about NDSEG, visit


Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

For undergraduate, graduate and doctorate students to intern in their fields of study. For more information, contact ARL's parent organization, the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command at 410-436-4883/4878, or visit


College Qualified Leaders (SEAP-CQL)

College Qualified leaders (SEAP-CQL)

CQL provides a paid internship opportunity for college students in one of several Army research laboratories. These internships typically last for six months or more. Students do not have to have previous experience in SEAP to apply for CQL.

2013 SEAP-CQL Program: Potential research topics are listed here.

To apply, visit If you have a research topic preference, please include details in Part 4 of the online application, in the "Why do you want to work in a lab this summer?" field.


Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Program

Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Program

SMART is a Department of Defense (DoD) scholarship for service program to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working in DoD laboratories. For more information about SMART, visit


Note: All programs are subject to the availability of funds.


Last Update / Reviewed: February 2, 2015