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 the Johns Hopkins University 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.

Application Information

Applications must be submitted through the APL website by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Questions should be sent to recruit@jhu.edu

Finalists will be notified by late April 2020, at which time they will be asked to indicate their preferred project assignments. Notification of those selected to participate will happen in May 2020.

Program dates: Internships last for a minimum of eight weeks and a maximum of 10 weeks, between June and August 2020.

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).

– Students who have completed their freshman, sophomore, or junior years, and who are returning to full-time undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins, as eligible. Seniors returning to JHU for a master’s degree or students who are enrolled in a full-time master’s program also are eligible.

– U.S. citizenship/eligibility for security clearance (required).

– The program is seeking students with outstanding academic performance, 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.

RISE@APL: Providing Unrivaled Opportunities

  • An invaluable experience

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

  • "My job offer was a direct result of my RISE experience."

    Junior RISE@APL Intern, junior, Brandon Duderstad, helped develop and implement neural networks for simultaneous object tracking.  

  • 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.