Scholar Highlight

Lucas CanteroHere 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)
Army Research Laboratory
BAE Systems, Inc.
Ball Aerospace
Boeing Company
Carnegie Mellon University
Ceres Technologies, Inc.
COLSA Corporation
Computational Physics, Inc.
Corning, Inc.
Corvid Technologies
Cubic Corporation
CU Aerospace
Enterprise Data Solutions, Inc.
Epic Systems
ERC Incorporated
Focused Support
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
Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM)

L-3 Communications
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
LoadPath, LLC
Lockheed Martin
Millennium Space Systems
MITRE Corporation
Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms
National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Multiple Centers
National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC)
Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
NRC Research Associateship Programs
Northrop Grumman
Oakman Aerospace, Inc.
Parsons Corporation
Peacock Law PC
Pennsylvania State University
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
Space Systems Loral
TOK American
United States Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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! afrlscholars@epo.usra.edu


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.”

AFRL Scholar

"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."

AFRL Scholars with mentor

“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.”


AFRL Scholar

“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.”


AFRL Scholars

“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.”


AFRL Scholar

“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.”


AFRL Scholar with mentor