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RISE@APL: Research Internships in Science and Engineering

In 2014, The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and the Whiting School of Engineering launched SPUR, the APL/WSE-Summer Program in University Research, a prestigious and competitive summer internship program.

The program, now known as Research Internships in Science and Engineering (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. RISE@APL gives these students the opportunity to conduct research at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, working on APL-sponsored projects. Scholars work on specific projects in APL Mission Areas and in the past, these areas have included ballistic missile systems, prosthetics, computer vision, and secure mobile communications.

In addition to working closely with APL mentors on research projects, interns also are provided enrichment and social activities as well as free shuttle service between the Homewood campus and APL.



Be assigned an APL technical staff mentor who will provide guidance and assistance throughout the summer assignment

Have access to free shuttle service between the Homewood campus and APL

Take part in additional activities and opportunities, such as:

  • A trip to an Orioles baseball game
  • Special tours of local area points of interest
  • Opportunities to present your summer project results to APL staff
  • Insider tours of a variety of APL laboratories/facilities
  • A lab-wide summer intern reception

For more information about the program, please contact Nicole Anderson, College Recruiter at at APL.



  • Application Access:
    Applications must be submitted through the APL website by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. If you have trouble accessing the posting, contact

    RISE@APL Calendar:

    • Information Session and Kick-off Event: Monday, November 11, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion
    • Application Deadline for Summer 2020: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    • Notification of RISE@APL Finalists: Late April 2020
      At this point, finalists will be asked to indicate their preferred project assignments.
    • Notification of RISE@APL Scholars: May 2020
    • RISE@APL Internships Dates: Internships last for a minimum of eight weeks and a maximum of ten weeks, between June and August 2020
    1. 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.
    2. Unofficial transcript (print from SIS)
  • Student Eligibility Requirements

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