What is the SOAR program?
For more than 25 years, the SOAR. summer internship program has enriched the professional network, mentorship, and sponsorship of enterprising student leaders by preparing them for successful and significant STEM careers in intelligence, defense, and space. Every year, ARL hires highly motivated undergraduate students committed to national security for paid summer internships which include housing, a meal plan, and transportation. Formerly known as the Open D.O.O.R. program, SOAR is one of the most prestigious, merit-based career development programs for student leaders in the United States today.
What makes a competitive candidate?
We seek ambitious, introspective, and optimistic students who exhibit curiosity, outstanding self-awareness, and creative ability complemented by leadership experience and strong academic records.
Students who identify with a group that is historically underrepresented in STEM, including but not limited to, Black, Indigenous/Native American, Latinx/Hispanic, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
How are applicants selected?
The SOAR program selection committee assesses candidates based on their self-awareness, research experience, professional demeanor, intellectual curiosity, résumé, and unofficial transcript. Applicants must also provide at least one (1) letter of recommendation that details their demonstrated commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging.
Applicants must be United States citizens.