SPUR: APL/WSE-Summer Program in Undergraduate Research

In 2014, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and the Whiting School of Engineering launched the APL/WSE-Summer Program in Undergraduate Research (SPUR), a prestigious and competitive summer internship program that provides a select group of WSE undergraduates with the opportunity to conduct research at the Applied Physics Laboratory on APL-sponsored projects.

SPUR Scholars apply to work on specific projects in APL Mission Areas. Click below for a complete listing of internships to be offered this year.




A stipend:

  • Completed Freshman Year: $900/week ($22.50/hour)
  • Completed Sophomore Year: $1,000/week ($25/hour)
  • Completed Junior Year: $1,200/week ($30/hour)


Enrichment and educational opportunities. A tentative listing for the Summer of 2014 includes:

  • Special tours of the NASA Goddard Flight Center, the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, and the NSA Cryptology Museum
  • A trip to a Bay Sox Baseball Game
  • Opportunities to present your summer project results to APL staff
  •  Insider tours of a variety of APL Laboratories/Facilities
  • Lunch hosted by APL’s Director
  • A Lab-wide Summer Intern Reception
  • A technical staff mentor assigned to each SPUR Scholar who will provide guidance and assistance throughout the summer assignment
  • Free shuttle service between the Homewood campus and APL


For more information about the program, please contact Stacy Murphy, College Relations Coordinator at APL.


  • Application Access:
    Applications must be submitted through J-Connect by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Feb 24, 2014. There, you will log in to your account and search reference number, 57753. If you have trouble accessing the posting, contact recruit@jhu.edu.


    SPUR Calendar:
    Application Deadline for Summer 2014: Monday, February 24

    Notification of SPUR Scholars: by Friday, March 21

    SPUR Internships Dates: Internships last for a minimum of ten weeks between Tuesday, May 27  and Friday, August 22, 2014

  • 1. Cover letter

    2. Resume: Resume should include relevant coursework, description of technical skills, computer skills, lab skills, and demonstrate the student’s ability to work in a team and research setting.

    3. Statement of interest: This is separate from the cover letter. The student must identify at least one and no more than four specific projects of interest from the Summer 2014 SPUR internships listed here. Projects should be identified by Sector/Department (AMDS, FPS, REDD, SP and NSAD), Job Number, and Task Title. For each project identified, he/she should discuss briefly (four sentences maximum ) why he/she is interested in working on that project at APL.

    4. Letter of recommendation: The letter must be from a Hopkins faculty member. The letter should discuss the student’s research ability and/or his/her skills in working as part of a team or group.

    5. Unofficial transcript (print from ISIS)

  • Student Eligibility Requirements

    1. Students who have completed their freshman, sophomore, and junior years at the Whiting School of Engineering and are are returning to full-time undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins.

    2. U.S. Citizenship /Eligibility for Security Clearance (required)

    3. We are looking for students who have outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team setting, and demonstrated ability to succeed in conducting high-level research. 


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