Internships, Fellowships, and Apprenticeships

The Air Force offers very attractive opportunities for on-the-job training and career preparation in the STEM disciplines designed for college and university students, recent graduates, and even those still in high school.

The following programs offer a variety of challenging and rewarding experiences worth considering.

Advanced Course in Cyber Security Bootcamp

ACE seeks to produce the next-generation cyber security leaders from the top students at US colleges and universities, targeting the best in computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics and physics. ACE develops students into problem solvers, original thinkers and technical leaders. A 10-week tradecraft curriculum and a capstone exercise provide the forum for the cadets to put into practice the educational concepts learned in the course, to test state-of-the-art tools and to gather data for use in ongoing activities.

Available To: Undergrad

Location(s):

  • Rome Research Site, Rome NY

AFRL Scholars Program

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program offers stipend-paid summer internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate level university students pursuing STEM degrees, as well as upper-level high school students; select locations also offer internships to university students pursuing education-related degrees and K-12 professional educators. The selected interns gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects. Graduate interns are able to collaborate with AFRL on current research and incorporate the research into their graduate work.

Available To: High School, Undergrad, Grad

Location(s):

  • Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM
  • Eglin AFB, Ft Walton Beach, FL

Consortium Research Fellows Program

The Consortium Research Fellows Program (CRFP) is a partnership between the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area and several Department of Defense agencies. The CRFP fosters a strong relationship between the higher education community and DoD. Students work in Defense settings, become more knowledgeable about research and development, and increase the country's pool of scientific talent. Professors lend their specialized expertise to DoD projects and widen the scope of their research. Government researchers accomplish their goals more efficiently and develop new areas of inquiry. Transfer of technology accelerates. When the higher education and Federal research communities cooperate, everyone benefits.

Available To: Undergrad, Grad, Postdocs (<5 yrs)

Location(s):

  • Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH

Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute1

The AFRL/DAGSI Ohio Student-Faculty Research Fellowship program, funded primarily through DAGSI by the Ohio Board of Regents (BOR), supports graduate science and engineering students and faculty who conduct research in areas targeted by the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The key program objectives are to: strengthen AFRL research ties to Ohio’s academic science and engineering community, stimulate effective collaboration between Ohio universities and the AFRL, leverage Ohio research funding with AFRL, university, and industry funding and other resources, and develop research talent to meet AFRL and Ohio high-tech workforce needs. All projects involve basic research in aerospace technologies and originate from research topics provided by AFRL Directorates headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

Available To: Grad, Faculty Members

Location(s):

  • Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH
  • Eglin AFB, Ft Walton Beach, FL

Griffiss Institute Summer Internship Program

This is a paid summer internship opportunity for students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university at the freshman level through PhD level (U.S. CITIZENS ONLY) to work on-site with AFRL researchers on a wide variety of research projects. The majority of the students selected will be majoring in technical fields such as Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics. There could be a few positions available in accounting and finance and multimedia (graphic's, graphic communications, marketing, etc.)

Available To: High School, Undergrad, Grad

Location(s):

  • Rome Research Site, Rome NY

National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program2

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance (this excludes dental and vision insurance).

Available To: Grad

Location(s):  Nationwide

National Research Council Research Associate Program

The NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. In the NRC Research Associateship Programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among a large group of Research Opportunities available. Prior to completing an application, prospective applicants should contact the Research Adviser listed with the selected Research Opportunity(ies) to assure that funding will be available if the application is recommended by NRC Research Associateship Programs panels.

Available To: Postdocs (<5 yrs), Postdocs (>5 yrs)

Location(s):  Nationwide

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers a broad range of internships, scholarships, fellowships and research experiences. These programs are available to science and engineering students and educators at every academic level from K-12, to college students and postdocs, to university faculty members. ORISE programs include research experiences at Department of Energy national laboratories as well as other federal agencies with research facilities located across the country as well some positions outside the United States.

Available To: High School, Undergrad, Grad, Postdocs (<5 yrs), Postdocs (>5 yrs), Faculty Members

Location(s): 

  • Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH

Pathways Student Intern Program

Available To: High School, Undergrad, Grad

Location(s):  Nationwide

Pathways Recent Graduate Intern Program

Available To: Undergrad, Grad, Postdocs (<5 yrs)

Location(s):  Nationwide

Repperger Research Intern Program

The program selects up to 10 students each year. Students selected for one of the projects, will have temporary summer employment through a contract with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to participate in this 10-week research internship at one of two research locations; Dayton, Ohio or San Antonio, Texas. Along with gaining first-hand research experience, students will learn the inner workings of an operational laboratory and develop contacts and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Available To: Undergrad, Grad

Location(s): 

  • Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH

Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation3
Available To: Undergrad, Grad

Location(s): Nationwide

Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education

SOCHE's Student Research Program provides research internships for undergraduate and graduate science and engineering students. Students work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at either the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) or the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

Available To: Undergrad, Grad

Location(s):

  • Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH

Summer Faculty Fellowship Program

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through 8- to 12-week research residencies at participating Air Force research facilities for full-time science, mathematics, and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities.

Available To: Undergrad, Grad, Faculty Members

Location(s):

  • Rome Research Site, Rome NY
  • Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM
  • Eglin AFB, Ft Walton Beach, FL
  • Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The TMCF program provides opportunities for young scholar researchers and aims to increase the number of minority scientists and engineers. The initiative encourages students in STEM disciplines, guides them toward advanced studies, and careers in science and engineering fields important to the defense mission. The TMCF program enhances students STEM activities throughout DoD. Motivated students, both undergraduate and graduate, are recruited and supported through internships and research experiences at DoD facilities across the nation and across services. Under the supervision of DoD scientists and engineers, students conduct research with their DoD mentors and are encouraged to pursue STEM careers.

Available To: Undergrad4, Grad

Location(s):  Nationwide

Wright Scholar Program

The Wright Scholar Research Assistant program is an Air Force Research Laboratory initiative designed to expose high school juniors and seniors to various disciplines of engineering and science in an effort to further their interest in future STEM career options.  Wright Scholars are competitively selected and employed as full-time, paid interns for approximately 9-10 weeks during the summer.  Students work on a mentor-assigned research project as well as participate in various university classes/workshops, lectures, and tours to expand their knowledge of potential science and engineering career fields.

Available To: High School Juniors & Seniors

Location(s):

  • Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH

Young Investigator Research Program

The Air Force YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering.

Available To: Postdocs (<5 yrs)

Location(s):  Nationwide

 

Notes

1 – Grad student and professor
2 – PhD scholarship program only
3 – Scholarship for Service program with summer internship
4 – Beginning at sophomore year
5 – By invitation only after completing Wright Scholar Program

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