A prestigious and competitive program launched in 2014, RISE@APL is open to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students from the Whiting School of Engineering and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. The program gives these students the opportunity to work side by side with researchers at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory on APL-sponsored research projects in several laboratory Mission Areas.

Since the program began, RISE@APL interns have conducted research in areas ranging from ballistic missile systems and computer vision to prosthetics and secure mobile communications.

In addition to working closely with APL mentors, interns take advantage of the program’s many enrichment and social activities, as well as free shuttle service between the Homewood campus and APL.

Contact Nicole Anderson, APL college recruiter, for more information.


Register for Nov. 15’s virtual info session today.

Application Information

Applications will be accepted through the APL website until March 31, 2024.

Program dates: Internships last for eight to twelve weeks, between late May through August.

  • Resume: Resume should include relevant coursework, description of technical, computer, and lab skills, and demonstrate the student’s ability to work in a team and research setting
  • Unofficial transcript (accessed through SIS)

  • The program is open to undergraduate students and students who are pursuing a Master’s or PhD who will be enrolled in the Fall 2024 semester.
  • U.S. citizenship/eligibility for security clearance (required).
  • The program is seeking students with outstanding academic performance (with a minimum 3.0 GPA), demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team setting, and those who have demonstrated the ability to succeed in conducting high-level research.

Apply for RISE@APL!

Applications for the 2024 RISE@APL cohort are now being accepted!

RISE@APL: Providing Unrivaled Opportunities

  • Bijan Varjavand posing for a picture, with an image of a goose edited beside him.

    An invaluable experience

    During his summer at APL, senior, Bijan Varjavand, helped develop next-generation software for artificial intelligence.

  • A high-energy environment

    Junior, and RISE@APL intern, Mary Joseph, worked at APL in the software design and development area, creating an application to improve the speed at which users can run and analyze a mission test.