University Student Internship Program

Student Programs

The Undergraduate Student Internship Program at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory provides students the opportunity to explore new pursuits in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) research career fields. The program provides an enrichment opportunity for students to discover new and innovative techniques, putting into practice skills obtained in their STEM discipline. Participants consist of students and Army scientists and engineers (mentors). The participants work with ARL scientists, engineers, and researchers (S&Es) engaged in discovery while using state of the art equipment. The program seeks to foster the development of STEM students through hands-on projects, the learning of innovative techniques, and mentoring.

Program Objectives

  • Increase participant knowledge in targeted STEM areas and laboratory skills
  • Engage students from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in STEM
  • Educates students about STEM careers with a particular focus on STEM careers in Army laboratories
  • Engage underrepresented minority students by fostering a community of inclusion and immerse them in technical laboratory research

Eligibility Requirements
Participants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent legal residents. Participants must be enrolled in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics related degree program and maintained a minimum of a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Preference is given to students from underrepresented and underserved groups.

Program Specifics
The Undergraduate Student Internship Program is an 8-10 week non-residential internship program. The duration of the program is agreed upon by the participant and the S&E mentor. All students who are selected and successfully participate in the Program qualify for an educational stipend based on their academic accomplishments calculated based on the ARL GS equivalency scale which includes adjustments for locality. Relocation and lodging are not included in this program.

Stipend Payments
Student stipend amounts are determined by the number of days each student participates/works in the internship as outlined by the ARL GS equivalency scale. The number of days the student works is calculated on the stipend calculator submitted by the research advisor. Student interns receive stipend payment checks by mail every monthly.

Program Deliverables
The USMA/ARL Summer Internship Program requires all students to complete a final technical report and present at the ARL student technical symposium based on their 8-10 week research experience. They are required to consult with their faculty mentor to assist in completing these items. Mentors are also required to submit photos of students participating in research, workshops, and/or other activities during their internship.

The University Summer Internship Program places students in a host laboratory at the Army Research Laboratory.

ARL Directorates

  • Computational & Information Sciences (CISD)
  • Human Research & Engineering (HRED)
  • Sensors & Electrons Devices (SEDD)
  • Survivability/Lethality Analysis (SLAD)
  • Vehicle Technology (VTD)
  • Weapons & Materials Research (WMRD)

ARL Research Facilities

  • Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Aberdeen, MD
  • Adelphi Laboratory Center (ALC), Adelphi, MD
  • White Sands Missile Range, White Sands, NM

The application period is October 1st ?January 1st of each calendar year. Application packets include:

  • Personal and academic information
  • Unofficial transcript
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • 2 Personal essays.

Once the application period has ended, the online system will be closed, and completed applications will be downloaded, compiled, and distributed for the official application review process.

Patrice D. Benson, Ph.D.
OSD/USMA Outreach Special Program Coordinator
ARL Outreach Office
Phone: 301.394.3665


Last Update / Reviewed: August 16, 2015