The DEVCOM Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Research Associateship Program (RAP) Summer Student Experience (SSE) is an educational program that allows undergraduate through PhD students and recent bachelor’s and master's degree graduates to participate in a paid research experience at a Department of Defense laboratory over the summer break. Participants are paired with scientists and engineers at ARL who are helping to shape and execute the Army's program for meeting the challenge of developing technologies that will support Army forces in meeting future operational needs.
As a participant in the ARL-RAP SSE, you will be part of high priority research efforts that are broadly supported by 11 research competencies.
HRED - Humans in Complex Systems (HCS) - Multi-disciplinary non-medical approaches to understand and modify the potential of humans situated in and interacting within complex social, technological, and socio-technical systems
HRED - Biological & Biotechnology Sciences (BBS) - Biological related disciplines, including synthetic biology, biological materials, biological/abiological interfaces, and biological effect
CISD - Military Information Sciences (MIS) - Underpinning sciences, physical autonomy, and enablers required to provide timely, mission-aware information to humans and systems at speed and scale for all-domain and coalition operations
CISD - Network, Cyber and Computational Sciences (NCCS) - Sciences to enable and ensure secure resilient communication networks for distributed analytics in Multi-Domain Operations
SEDD – Electromagnetic Spectrum Sciences (EMSS) - Novel approaches to sensing and operating across the entire electromagnetic (EM) environment; counter-sensing across the EM spectrum; protection from EM effects; emerging concepts for RF, radars, and electronic warfare
SEDD – Energy Sciences (ES) - Science of mechanical and electrical power generation, storage, conditioning and distribution; energy conversion; and emerging concepts for lasers, directed energy (DE), DE protection and propagation
SEDD – Photonics, Electronics and Quantum Sciences (PE&QS) - Materials (and related manufacturing methods) and devices intended for achieving photonic, electronic, and quantum-based effects
WMRD – Mechanical Sciences (MS) - Science of novel mechanics, mechanisms, and control to enable manned/unmanned ground and air vehicle concepts
WMRD – Sciences of Extreme Materials (SEM) – Materials and related manufacturing methods focusing on mechanical response and performance extremes, including active, adaptive, and flexible/soft materials; novel manufacturing science for energetic materials
WMRD – Terminal Effects (TE) – Sciences and applied research of weapon target interactions
WMRD – Weapons Services (WS) – Internal, transitional, and external ballistics; launch, flight, control, and navigation of guided weapons and aerial systems; development of novel weapon concepts
Adelphi Laboratory Center (ALC), Maryland and Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland
U.S. Citizenship is not required to be considered for the Summer Student Experience, but non-U.S. Citizens are strongly encouraged to apply early to allow additional processing time for the ORAU Immigration Office and ARL security.
A candidate must be in good standing (a minimum of a 2.5 GPA) at an accredited university or technical institute. Candidates should be in an academic program leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree.
The following must be uploaded into the online application:
First Round Application Deadline: December 27, 2022
Second Round Application Deadline: January 31, 2023
Tentative Summer Program Dates: May 15 through September 29, 2023. When chosen for an appointment, you will coordinate your exact participation dates with your Advisor.
For questions about the Summer Student Experience Program, please email ARLFellowship@orau.org.