U.S. Citizenship is required for employment at ARL
The ARL Open Diversity Outreach Opportunities in Research (DOOR) Program began in 1997 to give underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors an opportunity to come to the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State and have a hands-on, real, and relevant research experience with ARL’s engineers and scientists.
Please apply to the DOOR internship programs below:
NOTE: Applicants must submit a resume, an unofficial transcript, and at least one (1) letter of recommendation
About Our Students
Students are generally recruited from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), but any underrepresented student who may have an interest in attending graduate school at Penn State or pursuing a career as an R&D Engineer at ARL is eligible.
Since the inception of the program, over 100 students from underrepresented backgrounds have had the opportunity to serve as contributing members of research staff at ARL. They have come from universities across all regions of the United States, including California, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Indiana, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania and many more states.
Upon completion of the program, DOOR interns have gone on to pursue and obtain graduate degrees from Penn State, obtain full-time employment at ARL, and/or have successful careers in the defense industry.
DOOR students work in all offices at ARL on varying projects for approximately 10 weeks over the summer, completing projects that have an impact on all operations of the lab. There are also limited spaces available for students majoring in business and enterprise operations.
Information about past D.O.O.R. Internship project topics is available here.
Throughout the Open DOOR program, the students are paired with a mentor within their office. The mentors guide the students by building trust and modeling positive behaviors while being dependable, engaged, authentic, and tuned into the needs of the mentees. The mentors play an important role in the career development of the students and help guide them on the path of success. DOOR interns attend professional development seminars throughout the summer to enhance their professional and personal skills. Examples of these sessions include topics such as implicit bias, women in STEM, resume writing and interview skills.
- Open D.O.O.R. Brochure (PDF)