Summer Intern Positions in DE

These Directed Energy (DE) internships are concerned with the research, development and testing of high energy laser and high power microwave components, systems and effects at Federal laboratories and universities at sites around the country. Most of these positions are made possible by funding from the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office.

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Internship Qualifications

These paid summer internship positions are available for currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. colleges and universities. Positions are open to U.S. citizens only. The disciplines include but are not limited to these:

  • science - physics, chemistry
  • engineering - electrical, optical, chemical, mechanical, and materials
  • mathematics and computer science

Position Descriptions

Generally, interns will work for the summer in a laboratory or university under the tutelage of full time researchers. Work may be experimental, theoretical, or computer modeling and simulation, depending on the position. Specific work assignments, hours and pay will vary.


The organizations listed below have offered internships in the past. Please note that application deadlines for 2016 have all passed.

  • 711 Human Performance Wing - Texas
  • Air Force Institute of Technology - Ohio
  • Air Force Research Laboratory - Florida, Hawaii, New Mexico
  • Army Research Laboratory - Maryland
  • Naval Postgraduate School - California
  • Naval Research Laboratory - Washington, D.C.
  • Sandia National Laboratory - New Mexico


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