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INTERNSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

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    AFRL SCHOLARS PROGRAM

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    Autonomy Technology Research (ATR) Center Summer Program

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    AWARDS TO STIMULATE AND SUPPORT UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCES

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    CADET SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM

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    CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

  • TRAINING PROGRAM

    COPPER CAP PROGRAM

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    DEFENSE ASSOCIATED GRADUATE RESEARCH INNOVATORS

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    HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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    LEGACY PROGRAM

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    MINORITY LEADERS – RESEARCH COLLABORATION PROGRAM

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    NATIONAL DEFENSE SCIENCE & ENGINEERING GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

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    ORISE

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    PALACE ACQUIRE PROGRAM

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    PATHWAYS PROGRAM

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    PREMIER COLLEGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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    RI SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

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    REPPERGER RESEARCH INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

  • SCHOLARSHIP

    SMART SCHOLARSHIP

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    AFRL STEM STUDENT EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

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    STRATEGIC OHIO COUNCIL FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

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    AFOSR SUMMER FACULTY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

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    WORKFORCE RECRUITMENT PROGRAM

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    WRIGHT SCHOLAR RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROGRAM

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Air Force Research Laboratory Scholars Program

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program offers stipend-paid internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate-level university students pursuing STEM degrees, as well as upper-level high school students. 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.

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ATR

The Autonomy Technology Research (ATR) Center is AFRL Sensors Directorate summer internship program, but can extend research projects into the school year. The Sensors Directorate focuses on affordable sensor and countermeasure technologies for reconnaissance, surveillance, precision engagement and electronic warfare systems. The ATR Center program is a collaborative research experience to answer …

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ASSURE

The Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Experiences (ASSURE) program supports undergraduate research in DoD relevant disciplines, providing valuable research opportunities for undergraduates, either through ongoing research programs or through projects specially designed for this purpose. DoD executes the ASSURE program collaboratively with the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites Program.

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CSRP

The USAFA Cadet Summer Research Program (CSRP) provides opportunities for cadets to solve relevant problems, learn through real-world application of classroom principles, and build lasting collaborative relationships while participating in research at the various military, government, and civilian facilities throughout the world.

CSRP participants receive credit for a military summer training program through this career-broadening assignment.

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DOD STEM

The Department of Defense (DoD) Summer Lab Research Intern Program pairs college students with DoD lab internships.

It uses a blend of virtual and in-person modalities to nurture careers of excellence and leadership for academically talented students.

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COP

The COPPER CAP Program helps to prepare college graduates for contract specialist careers. Trainees work with professional contracting officers and receive formal and on-the-job training in all aspects of contract management, including requirements definition, solicitation preparation, price justification, negotiation and award, and contract administration. Selected candidates complete a 3- to 4-year formal training plan, with annual promotion opportunity based upon successful performance, meeting time-in-grade requirements, and supervisory approval at each grade level.

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DAGSI

The AFRL/DAGSI Student-Faculty Research Fellowship Program supports science and engineering graduate students and faculty who conduct research in areas targeted by the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. A two-person team composed of a graduate student and a faculty member submits a proposal in one of the target research topic areas. Selection of proposals for funding…

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HPCMP

The HPC Modernization Program’s (HPCMP) Workforce Development (WD) initiatives provide future workforce candidates with the computational skills and experience necessary to close the gap between the technological capability and skills necessary to support the DoD’s future Warfighter needs, making progress towards achieving one of the HPCMP’s goals. The HPC Internship Program (HIP) under HPCM…

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LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE GROWING APPRENTICESHIPS COMMITTED TO YOUTH

Leadership Experience Growing Apprenticeships Committed to Youth (LEGACY) is an Air Force program that changes the game when it comes to identifying and retaining young diverse talent that will make up the future workforce. This three-phase program is designed to propel a middle school student to an Air Force STEM career after college graduation.

The three phases of LEGACY are Craftsman (age 11-15), Jr Apprentice (age 16+), and Apprentice (college).

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ML-RCP

The Minority Leaders Research Collaboration Program (ML-RCP) enables collaborative research partnerships between AFRL and academia that engage a diverse pool of talent in addressing foundational research challenges in support of the nation’s air, space, and cyberspace technology needs. This program one of largest endeavors with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Ser…

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NDSEG

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship program was established in 1989 by direction of congress as an approach to increasing the number of United States (U.S.) citizens receiving doctoral degrees in science and engineering (S&E) disciplines of military importance. Applicants who are interested in furthering their education in the disciplines of military importance…

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Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers a broad range of internships, fellowships, and research experiences available primarily to those pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, including undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, post doctoral, and university faculty members at the Air Force Research Laboratory throughout the year.

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PAQ

The Palace Acquire (PAQ) program is an Air Force program to recruit, train, and develop college graduates to become professional Air Force Civilian Scientists and Engineers. PAQ provides training and development, mentoring, and real-world work experience leading to professional employment. Bachelor of Science graduates undergo a three-year development and training program, which includes one year …

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PATHWAYS

The Pathways Program offers federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree. There are three different paths available: Pathways Internship Program, Recent Graduates Program, and Presidential Internship Fellows (PMF) Program.

Pathways Internship Programs

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PCIP

The Premier College Internship Program (PCIP) is designed to prepare program participants for future science, technology, engineering, mathematics, cyber, acquisition, intelligence, mission critical and vocational/technical specialty positions in the Air Force Civilian Service. Premier College Interns (PCIs) will have the opportunity to access special projects using cutting edge technology, while …

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RI INTERNS

AFRL/RI Internships are paid summer opportunities for students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university at the freshman level through PhD level to work on-site with AFRL researchers. AFRL/RI partners with the Griffiss Institute to help execute the RI Internship Program. Typical majors are Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Math, and Physics. Travel and housing assistance are available for those traveling further than 50 miles. Internships start on the first Monday of June and are 10 weeks in length.

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Repperger

Through the Repperger Research Internship Program, interns will work under the mentorship of an Air Force Scientist, where they will be exposed to current research initiatives in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Interns will be paid a stipend for a period of ten (10) weeks.

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SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS AND RESEARCH FOR TRANSFORMATION SCHOLARSHIP

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program, funded by the Department of Defense (DoD), is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. SMART offers scholarships for undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students currently pursuing a degree in one of the 21 …

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SSEP

The AFRL STEM Student Employment Program (SSEP) provides internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields with DoD Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories (STRLs).

Students may be appointed to a temporary or a flexible length term appointment. The student’s work schedule can be full-time or part-time at various AFRL locations.

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SOCHE

The Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) is a program to enhance the research capabilities and professional relationships of the Air Force Research Laboratory technical directorates with researchers in related technical areas using high school and college students. SOCHE connects students, educators, government, businesses, employers, and other organizations to share information, access professional development opportunities, and close workforce gaps through increasing internships and research projects.

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SFFP

The AFOSR 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.

This program is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) who makes decisions on all fellowship awards. The program is administered by Systems Plus to support oversight and administration for the selection and appointment of applicants.

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WRP

The Workforce Recruitment Program is a recruitment and referral program for college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to demonstrate their abilities in the workplace through internships temporary, or permanent employment in the Federal Government.

Candidates apply to the WRP each fall through participating campuses managed by a School Coordinator and can receive elective informational interviews with federal employees who serve as volunteer recruiters.

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Wright Scholars

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 to work as fulltime, paid interns for 9 weeks during the summer. A panel of scientists, engin…