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APPLIED RESEARCH LABORATORY AT THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Student Application & Employment Information

** **  student & full-time... u.s. citizenship is required for all positions

Please fill out our online application forms (see right column below) and submit to ARL's Office of Human Resources (or download a PDF form for mailing). We will make every effort to match your requirements with our employment needs. The online application forms require electronic copies of your resume and transcripts. Be sure to have copies of these documents available for "Cut & Paste" before you proceed. Note: Our servers will time out after 20 minutes of inactivity.

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student applications & employment documents

distinguished undergrad research program (durp)

This program typically begins at the completion of sophomore year (summer semester).  Must possess a GPA of 3.2 or above.  May apply in the spring semester of sophomore year.

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graduate assistantship

Available for graduate students who are not registered for credits or have completed all of their course requirements.  May apply any time during the year.

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arl-walker graduate assistantship

Researchers at ARL are working on challenging technologies that are relevant to national security and defense. A limited number of ARL Walker Assistantships provide opportunities for outstanding students to perform innovative research in areas such as

  • Communications Systems
  • Geospatial Systems
  • Data Visualization and Collaboration Tools
  • Image Processing
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science
  • Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition, Data Fusion
  • Autonomous Systems and Intelligent Control
  • Energy Science and Power Systems
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Materials Characterization, Design and Processing
  • Manufacturing Processes
  • Systems and Operations Automation
  • Undersea Vehicle Design, Guidance and Control
  • Ocean Acoustics
  • Bioacoustics
  • Thermoacoustics
  • Hydroacoustics

Students must be accepted into the Penn State Graduate School, pursuing their MS and/or PhD degrees in an engineering-related graduate program within Penn State from the College of Engineering, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Eberly College of Science, or School of Information Sciences and Technology. Successful candidates will have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or above during their junior and senior years.  May apply after acceptance into the specific Graduate School, beginning fall semester.

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D.O.O.R. summer internship 

This outreach program is available to 3rd - 5th year undergraduates and graduate students in the physics, engineering, and materials science disciplines.  The 10-12 week research-focused internship program is open to achieving students from Penn State, and from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Minority Serving Institutions with whom ARL has a research partnership. Participants receive a stipend for 40 hour work weeks.  Additional allowances may apply.

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* Acrobat Reader is required to view PDF files. While PDF applications can be filled in online, they cannot be saved or E-mailed using Adobe's Reader software. After filling out the application form, immediately print it out and mail to the address listed in the left column of this page.