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2023 Internship - Software Developer - Tactical System Prototyping and Deployment

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Job Description


Are you passionate about using technology to solve technical challenges?

Do you have an interest in learning how to develop software for new warfighter capabilities?


If you are pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, or Electrical Engineering and want to build software solutions to challenging national security problems, we’d love to have you join our close-knit prototyping team!


We are seeking an intern to join our Tactical System Prototyping and Deployment group to build capabilities that enable warfighters to harness a diverse set of sensors and data sources to accomplish a variety of missions that are important to the defense of our nation.


Our team is committed to working directly with warfighters to craft solutions from concept to operational use. We strive to foster an inclusive environment that is highly collaborative and supportive, but also encourages autonomy.  Our team values are putting the warfighter and their missions first, accepting that you might not get it right the first time, but being resolved to see it through, and being dedicated to making real impact.


As a member of our team ...

  • Your primary responsibility will be to perform software implementation of proof-of-concept prototypes incorporating several engineering fields: graphical user interfaces, signal/video processing, pattern recognition, real-time computing, applied mathematics, network/web services, and visualization.
  • You will also contribute to concepts to solve unaddressed, critical military operational shortfalls as a member of an established team that has fielded numerous highly regarded capabilities. Our current projects focus on intelligent and resilient communications systems and improving the exploitation of airborne sensor data through object tracking, multi-sensor correlation, data management, and operational data display.
  • You will have the potential to support prototype evaluation and experimental operations at military facilities depending on your interest and deployment schedules.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Are pursing a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, or similar degrees with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale .
  • Completed coursework involving software development, particularly in the areas of object oriented programming, data structures, signal processing, data visualization, or user interfaces.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.
  • Are able to obtain a Secret level security clearance some time after your start date. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you… 

  • Have knowledge of C++, Java, or Typescript in a Linux/Unix environment.

Why work at APL?


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.


At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.


About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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