Program Description

Students participating in the 2011 NASA/APL Internship Program will work at APL, and will make critical contributions to current and future missions during their assignments in the Space Department. The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a not-for-profit center for engineering, research and development. APL is a division of one of the world's premier research universities, Johns Hopkins. The-acre campus, 20 miles north of Washington, DC, is home to 4,100 men and women who work on more than 400 programs that protect our homeland and advance the nation's vision in research and space science. For more information about JHU/APL, please visit link)

APL's Civilian Space Business Area makes critical contributions to the missions of its major sponsor, NASA, to meet the challenges of space science. They conduct research and space exploration; develop and apply space science, engineering, and technology--including the production of one-of-a-kind spacecraft, instruments, and subsystems; and focus primarily on the science discipline o399f space physics and planetary science. The Laboratory has built instruments and spacecraft to destinations such as Pluto, Mercury, the Sun and our moon. Continuing these challenges, APL is supporting NASA as it implements initiatives to explore the reaches of our solar system.

Their purpose is to advance the knowledge and use of space for the benefit of humankind and to support national objectives by providing leadership in developing innovative, cost-effective, end-to-end space missions. APL has designed, developed and launched 64 spacecraft and over 150 space instruments, and are developing new space concepts, technology, and implementation strategies while also helping to heighten interest in scientist and engineering careers through space educational programs.

Students will receive a $4K stipend, and housing will be provided. Talks by key mission engineers and scientists, along with tours of APL and NASA/Goddard will be provided throughout the summer. Students must be U.S. citizens, and have successfully passed a background check of criminal, social security and driving record. The investigation will be facilitated by the Visitor Control Office at APL.