Kirtland AFB

At AFRL New Mexico, the AFRL Scholars Program offers internship opportunities in research-based projects for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as professional educators. Join our team and spend your internship researching the exciting technologies in Directed Energy and Space Vehicles Directorates, gain valuable hands-on learning experience under the mentorship of full-time AFRL scientists and engineers, and develop relationships with other scholars that will last a lifetime!

Internships are typically 10–12 weeks, with a minimum requirement of 8 weeks. Extensions up to 14 weeks can be approved based on mentor need and funding availability.

The AFRL Scholars Program at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, NM, offers various programs and projects in STEM fields specific to each technical directorate. Directed Energy projects support research areas such as high energy lasers, high power microwaves, laser plasma experiments/diagnostics, optics, and many more! Space Vehicles projects support research areas such as aerospace technologies, cold atom research, satellite image and signal analysis, space weather modeling, and many more!

For more information about projects offered at Kirtland AFB, please use the filters and search options available in Research Topics.


Rates below are based on most recent session stipends.

Education Level* GS-Schedule Equivalent Weekly Stipend**
High School GS-1 Step 1 $434.40
Undergraduate (Less than 60 semester credits earned) GS-3 Step 1 $532.80
Undergraduate (More than 60 semester credits earned) GS-6 Step 1 $746.00
Master's-seeking GS-9 Step 1 $1,014.00
Professional Educators GS-11 Step 1 $1,226.80
Ph.D.-seeking GS-11 Step 1 $1,226.80

*Education level shall be based on credits earned during the semester preceding internship session dates
**Based on GS-schedule for the Rest of the United States (RUS) (Office of Personnel Management)

Housing Resources

AFRL Scholars Program Administration advises that any housing arrangements should not be finalized until an offer has been accepted and a stipend award letter has been signed. Until that point, internship positions cannot be guaranteed.

Housing information for the next internship session will be updated as it becomes available. Check back soon!