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Lucas CanteroScholar Highlight

Here is one scholar’s experience from intern to full-time engineer — all because he attended an AFRL Scholars Program Career Forum. Read the details here.



Congratulations to the AFRL Scholars who have found employment! Scholars Program alumni have been hired by the following STEM industry and DoD/government agencies:

3M Technologies
Aegis Technologies
Aerospace Corporation
Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS)
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC)
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Multiple Directorates
Alion Science and Technology
Appian Corporation
Applied Technology Associates (ATA-Aerospace)
BAE Systems, Inc.
Ball Aerospace
Boeing Company
COLSA Corporation
CU Aerospace
Enterprise Data Solutions, Inc.
Epic Systems
ERC Incorporated
General Dynamics Corporation
General Electric
Harris Corporation
innoBright Technologies
Innovative Defense Technologies
Inspire Medical Systems
Institute for Defense Analyses
J&P Innovations
Kaiser Aluminum
Ke’aki Technologies
L-3 Communications
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

LoadPath, LLC
Lockheed Martin
MITRE Corporation
Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Multiple Centers
National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC)
Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
Northrop Grumman
Oakman Aerospace, Inc.
Parsons Corporation
Peacock Law PC
Planetary Science Institute
Raytheon Missile Systems
RMKM Architecture
Robotic Research LLC
SAIC, Inc.
Sandia National Laboratories
Sierra Nevada Corporation
SigmaTEK Systems, LLC
Simulations Plus, Inc.
Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Atlantic
Space Dynamics Laboratory
TOK American
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Navy
U.S. Navy, Naval Undersea Warfare Center
University of New Mexico COSMIAC
University of Notre Dame
Warner Brothers

If you have been hired in STEM industry, DoD, or other government agencies but don’t see your place of employment here,
please let us know! We would love to include you!



Below are testimonials from previous AFRL Scholars that provide insights into the internship experience:




“My project gave me a very hands-on STEM experience. I was able to test and analyze results of a new technology and draw conclusions about the cause of my results. It was a great opportunity to see applications of the topics I study in my classes during the school year.”


“The AFRL program is a great internship program, helping mold and inspire the future engineers and scientists for Air Force research.”


“Through the lab tours and talking with scientists and researchers, I got a better understanding of how the research conducted at AFRL has a direct impact on the Air Force.”


“I very much enjoyed seeing what the other interns work on [at the poster session].  It is also good practice for me to have to explain my research to people outside of my field of study.”


“My mentor has shown great interest in me as a person, in my schooling and in my future plans.  She has facilitated a greater depth of my understanding in our field of research and has offered advice on many issues.”




“I enjoyed hearing about the research being done at AFRL, and it was great to see the enthusiasm the researchers had for their projects.”


“There is no one who has affected my career path more than my mentor.  At his recommendation I applied for, and received, a Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship with AFRL/RDL as my sponsoring facility.”


“I learned how STEM is applied in a working laboratory environment and how the process of the scientific method actually plays out on the ground.”


“The mountains of experience I gained during my internship is invaluable.  I feel like my experimental science capabilities have doubled, from my levels when I attended USF.”


“I attended ALL of the tours.  They were incredibly valuable.  I learned so much about the different aspects of Eglin from attending the tours.  Each was unique and fascinating!”


“This project and the provided opportunities offered technical knowledge within my area of interest, hands-on experience working in a laboratory environment that focuses on my area of interest, and the opportunity to network with other interns and research engineers who have progressed further into a career that I would like to pursue.”


“[The AFRL Scholars Program] provides a great place for students to use classroom learning in a real world environment under the guidance of an actual scientist or engineer.”




“I really enjoyed the amount of leeway I had with regards to my project.  I was treated like an actual team member, and trusted with work on a project of significance.”


“I helped advance science while I was here.”

“The program has provided invaluable experience ranging from offering an understanding of my career field and communicating with others towards a single goal.”


“This internship gave me invaluable hands-on engineering experience that I would not have received in a classroom setting.”




“My favorite aspect of this internship was hands on experience in the field, learning from experts in my discipline, contributing to a real and long-term revolutionary project.”


“The internship experience with AFRL has had a profound impact on my career. Besides the opportunity to gain hands‐on experience in the engineering field, I have gained more knowledge on how my decisions affect my career due to the events planned by USRA and the relationships that were built during my work.”


“The most rewarding part of this internship is the interdisciplinary research and collaboration that occurs. I was also ecstatic for the hands‐on approach of field capture and dissections which enabled me to expand my skill set in a lab and apply the methods learned from university labs and classes.”




“I have a great respect for the Scholars program, [and] I would tell students interested in the AFRL Scholars program that it is a great opportunity. I was only involved in the Scholars program this last summer, but I wish I would have participated in it years before...  The Scholars program allows students to get a glimpse of the important role AFRL researchers play in service and protection of our nation.”




“Actually most of what I picked up from AFRL has been more useful in my work here [at NASA Wallops Flight Facility] than anything I learned in school, so I’m really grateful for my Scholar background.”


“The greatest benefit to participating in the Scholars Program was being given the freedom to approach my work however I wanted. It gave me a chance to take a step back and apply…techniques that would have otherwise been dismissed as ‘out of focus’ for the problem at hand.”

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