College and University

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory is committed to inspiring, developing and recruiting undergraduate and graduate students by providing internship opportunities that enhance their traditional college experience. Students have the opportunity to work alongside DEVCOM ARL scientists and engineers performing cutting edge Army research, within state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

The Army Education Outreach Program (AEOP)

AEOP is managed through a youth science cooperative agreement with Battelle Memorial Institute. Through AEOP, the Army continues its long tradition and strong commitment to the advancement of STEM education and literacy. Leveraging its most valuable assets – world-class scientists and engineers and research facilities – AEOP offers our nation’s youth and teachers a collaborative, cohesive portfolio of opportunities that effectively engage future workforce generations in meaningful, real-world STEM experiences, competitions and paid internships. Visit http://www.usaeop.com for detailed information on all Army sponsored STEM enrichment activities, national competitions, apprenticeships and DOD scholarship and award programs.

AEOP Programs offered through ARL

College Qualified Leaders (CQL)

ARL matches talented undergraduate students with scientists and engineers in a direct mentor-student relationship, that provides the student with training, firsthand research experience and exposure to DoD laboratories that is unparalleled at most colleges. The program’s goal is to enhance the participants’ formal learning experience and foster the desire to pursue higher education and training in STEM. Selected participants receive a stipend based on education and experience.

  • Duration: Available year round; primarily designed for greater than six month work study-internships however, summer internships are also available.
  • Requirements:
    • Students must apply via http://www.usaeop.com/programs/apprenticeships/cql/
    • Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate or be a recent graduate (within the past 6 months) in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) major
    • Students must be U.S. citizens and are responsible for their own transportation and housing.

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP)

URAP is a commuter program that provides undergraduate students with an authentic science and engineering research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army Research Office (ARO). Students develop skills in Army critical science and engineering research areas in a university lab setting. At the end of the apprenticeship, students will prepare abstracts documenting the research they performed. Students will receive an education stipend while participating.

  • Duration: Students may work up to 300 hours total from June through August only.
  • Requirements:
    • Students must apply via http://www.usaeop.com/programs/apprenticeships/urap/
    • Students with recent prior affiliation with a specific laboratory may not be eligible to participate. (Prior affiliation includes direct employment, past compensated research (e.g. REU, other funded research, or research for course credit).

DoD Programs offered through ARL

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART)

SMART is a Scholarship for Service Program that provides the opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. SMART is offered throughout Army, Air Force, Navy and other DOD sponsoring facilities spanning multiple states. Students pursuing degrees in approximately 19 STEM disciplines may apply. ARL is one of more than 50 participating Army Sponsoring Facilities.

Full tuition and education related fees (housing and meal plans not included) Stipend paid at a rate of $25K – $38K depending on degree pursuing. Health insurance allowance up to $1.2K per calendar year and miscellaneous supplies allowance of $1K per academic year.

  • Duration: Student participates in mentored summer research internships through completion of degree; employment placement after graduation
  • Requirements:
    • Students must apply via: http://smart.asee.org
    • Students must be a citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application
    • Students must be 18 years of age or older as of August 1 of the application year.
    • Students will participate in summer internships at DOD laboratories and accept post-grad employment with the DOD
    • Students need minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award and must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page.

ARL Programs

University Career Experience Program (UCEP)

UCEP is non-residential summer enrichment program for college students in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) related disciplines. Program preference is given to students from underrepresented and underserved groups. Participants have the opportunity to explore careers in their field of study; while working alongside ARL researchers. At the end of the experience, students prepare and present technical posters based on their research experience. USCEP students are placed in all ARL laboratories. Students who successfully participate in the program qualify for an educational stipend; the amount is based on academic achievement and laboratory/research experience.

  • Duration: Program runs 10 weeks during June through August. Students work 40 hours per week.
  • Requirements:

University Programs Brochure

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) prepares science and engineering researchers for the future. Fellowship recipients are able to advance at a top research facility while contributing to the important mission of the Laboratory.

STEM Student Employment Program (SSEP)

The SSEP is direct hire authority for students enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in an academic program in pursuit of Scientific, Technical, Engineering or Mathematical (STEM) courses of study leading to a bachelor’s or advanced degree. SSEP Interns may work either part-time or full-time, as long as it does not interfere with their academic schedule. The purpose of this program is to streamline the hiring process which allows ARL to successfully compete with private industry for high caliber STEM students when filling scientific and engineering positions. SSEP interns who have successfully completed the program may be noncompetitively converted flexible length renewable term or permanent career ladder positions in the competitive service at the ARL Director’s discretion.

Eligibility

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A current student who is enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in a program of undergraduate or graduate instruction leading to a bachelor’s or advanced degree in a STEM course of study at ABET institution of higher education, and includes those enrolled in a 2-year university parallel (or equivalent) program designed specifically for transfer to a 4-year institution. Students must also meet OPM Qualifications for Professional and Scientific positions.
  • Students must be enrolled on a full or half-time basis (half-time is defined by the educational institution in which the student is enrolled).
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Internship Appointment Types

  • Temporary Not-To-Exceed (NTE) appointment for up to one year. Appointment may be extended upon management’s request for up to one additional year for a total of two years.
  • Flexible Length Student Term Appointment. This appointment has no end date but does expire 120 days after degree completion.

Benefits

SSEP interns may earn 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave each pay period (prorated for part-time work schedules). SSEP interns are ineligible for life and health insurance benefits. Tuition assistance and relocation incentives may apply for Flexible Length Student Term Interns only. These are not guaranteed benefits and must be pre-approved by management.

Program Administration

  • Interns must sign a Participant Agreement that sets forth the expectations for the internship.
  • Intern’s job must be related to the Intern’s academic career goals or field of study as well as ARL’s mission.
  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale throughout the program.

Program Completion and Conversion

  • Both temporary and flexible length student term appointed interns may be eligible for noncompetitive conversion to a renewable term (up to 6 years) or permanent appointment within 120 days of successful completion of the program and graduation requirements.
  • To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:
    • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the SSEP Internship
    • Complete their degree requirements
    • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
    • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant’s Agreement
    • Receive a rating of “Successful” or higher on their performance appraisal

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their application material via the following link:

Application materials should include the following items:

  • Resume (please ensure a detailed description of duties accomplished is stated in your work experience & the start and end dates of employment are in the MM/DD/YYYY format)
  • Documentation of student status (i.e. sealed official transcripts or enrollment verification letter; new students must provide a copy of the acceptance letter from the institution). Redact Social Security Numbers from all documentation.

ARL collects applications on a yearly basis but the following are peak recruitment periods:

  • September 1st – November 15th: Spring Semester/ Summerhires
  • March 1st – May 15th: Fall Semester

Announcements for specific recruitment events will be open at least one day before the event takes place and close midnight of the last day of the event. Please check this page or your school’s recruitment event calendar for more information.