STEM Programs

AEOP - College Qualified Leaders

The College Qualified Leaders (CQL) program matches practicing DoD scientists with talented college students creating a direct mentor-student relationship, providing participants with training that is unparalleled at most colleges. CQL students receive firsthand research experience and exposure to DoD laboratories. Selected participants receive a stipend based on education and experience and may participate year-round. The CQL internship is primarily designed for greater than six-month work-study internships and are available year round or just during the summer.

Military Branch: 
Army

AEOP - eCYBERMISSION

"eCYBERMISSION" is an Army-sponsored, web-based STEM competition that enables students to recognize the real-life applications of STEM. Students form teams of 3-4 people and propose a solution to a real problem in their communities.

Military Branch: 
Army

AEOP - Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) is a summer STEM enrichment program at Army laboratories for middle and high school students with a focus on hands-on activities in STEM.

Military Branch: 
Army

AEOP - High School Apprenticeship Program

The High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) provides high school juniors and seniors with an authentic science and engineering research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army. Students will develop skills in critical science and engineering research areas in a university lab setting to prepare them for the next steps of their educational and professional career. Students receive an educational stipend equivalent to $10 per hour, and are allowed to work up to 300 hours total.

Military Branch: 
Army

AEOP - Junior Solar Sprint

Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) is a free educational program for 5th through 8th grade students where students design, build and race solar powered cars using hands-on engineering skills and principles of science and math. Students develop teamwork and problem solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, and gain hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills to create the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted vehicle possible.

Military Branch: 
Army
Location: 
National

AEOP - Research Engineering Apprenticeship Program

The Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) is a summer STEM program that places talented high school students, from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in STEM, in research apprenticeships at area colleges and universities. REAP apprentices work under the direct supervision of a mentor on a hands-on research project. REAP apprentices are exposed to the real world of research, gain valuable mentorship, and learn about education and career opportunities in STEM.

Military Branch: 
Army

AEOP - Unite

UNITE is a four-to-six week, pre-collegiate summer experience for talented high school students from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Held at higher education institutions across the country, UNITE encourages students to pursue college majors and careers in engineering and other STEM-related fields through a program of focused hands-on rigorous academics, enrichment, and career exploration. 

Military Branch: 
Army
Location: 
Selected Universities through an RFP

AEOP - University Research Apprentice Program

The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) provides undergraduate students with an authentic science and engineering research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army. Students will develop skills in critical science and engineering research areas in a university lab setting to prepare them for the next steps of their educational and professional career. The students contribute to the Army’s research in the laboratory while learning research methods, using advanced research equipment and becoming a part of an active research group. 

Military Branch: 
Army

AFRL Scholars

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. 

Military Branch: 
Air Force

CyberPatriot

The National Youth Cyber Education Program, also known as CyberPatriot, covers three programs: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, Air Force Association (AFA) CyberCamps, and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative. CyberPatriot was conceived by the AFA to inspire high school students toward careers in c​ybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. ​

Military Branch: 
Air Force

FIRST

FIRST is a robotics competition program that inspires young people to build science, engineering and technology skills. More than 500 DoD-sponsored teams, ranging from ages 6-18, compete in competitions that inspire innovation and build leadership skills. 

Military Branch: 
All Services
Location: 
Nationwide

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) is a collaborative effort with the research arm of the Army, Navy and Air Force and administered in cooperation with nationwide colleges and universities. JSHS aims to prepare and support students to contribute as future scientists and engineers -- conducting STEM research on behalf of or directly for the Department of Defense, the Federal research laboratories, or for the greater good in advancing the nation's scientific and technological progress. 

Military Branch: 
Air Force, Army, Navy

MDA Engineering in Art: 3-D Art in Motion

Third- and fourth-graders participating in summer programs at Girls Inc. and Boys and Girls Club's study and create kinetic sculptures by applying the engineering design process and learning basic scientific concepts (e.g. force, mass, friction, weight, and balance). Program finale is an exhibit for participants' work in an art gallery. 

Military Branch: 
MDA
Location: 
Huntsville, AL

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to those pursuing a doctoral degree in one of 15 supported STEM disciplines of interest to the DoD.

Military Branch: 
All Services

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) is a 10-week undergraduate and graduate research opportunity at one of nearly 30 Naval laboratories or warfare centers. Accepted students gain real-world, hands-on expereince and research skills while being introduced to the Navy and Marine Corps science and technology environment.

Military Branch: 
Navy

Naval Science Awards Program

The Naval Science Awards Program (NSAP) is a Navy and Marine Corps program that encourages students to develop and retain an interest in STEM. NSAP recognizes the accomplishments of eligible students at regional and state science and engineering fairs and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in producing quality science and engineering projects. 

Military Branch: 
Navy

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program is an eight-week, paid high school apprenticeship opportunity at one of nearly 30 Army and Navy laboratories and facilities. Students gain realworld, hands-on experience and research skills while being exposed to DoD science and technology. 

Military Branch: 
Army, Navy

SMART

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service program supports undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in STEM. All SMART scholars are gainfully employed in a DoD lab or facility upon graduation.

Military Branch: 
Air Force, Army, Navy

Team America Rocketry Program

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) competition is an extra-curricular, hands-on project-based learning program modeled on the aerospace industry’s design, fabrication and testing processes. Student teams of 3-10 people design, build, and fly a rocket. Just as aerospace companies work within specific design parameters, every year the challenge requires teams to achieve the same mission-oriented goals of hitting a precise altitude, landing within a specific flight time window, and returning raw eggs (”the astronaut”) without cracking. 

Military Branch: 
Air Force

USNA STEM Summer Program

Week-long STEM summer camps hosted by the United States Naval Academy (USNA) designed to encourage students to pursue a course of study in engineering and technology. Students spend time in world-class lab facilities where they experience real-life application of math and science principles through hands-on learning. 

Military Branch: 
Navy
Location: 
Annapolis, MD