JHU/APL ATLAS Summer Internship Program


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) is a not-for-profit research division of the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University.  Located in Laurel, Maryland, JHU/APL is one of the nation’s premier centers for systems engineering integration, technology research and development, and analysis.  With a staff of 6,000, annual funding over $1.08 billion, and a wealth of intellectual capital, JHU/APL has served as trusted advisors and technical experts to the government for more than 70 years.

 JHU/APL is currently seeking full-time students with a strong academic record for our APL Technology Leadership Scholars (ATLAS) Internship Program.  The ATLAS Internship Program is offered to well-qualified, highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Minority Institutions (MIs) who have an interest in applied scientific research.  This highly competitive 10 – 12 week paid summer internship program focuses on building technical and leadership skills that will uniquely prepare students for careers in science and engineering. 

Our goal is to help students understand and appreciate their own aptitudes, grow personally and professionally, and envision their future careers.  In addition to performing cutting-edge research, ATLAS summer interns attend professional development seminars that teach them how to operate effectively in professional and business environments and address interpersonal skill development, interviewing skills, and resume preparation.  They also get the chance to practice communication skills such as technical writing, public speaking, and presenting. 

 ATLAS applicants must have completed at least their sophomore year of college prior to beginning the summer internship, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and be pursuing a degree in one of the following technical fields:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Geology
  • Physics

Having successfully hired more than 30 interns as full time employees, the ATLAS Internship Program presents an excellent opportunity for potential full time employment to follow.    

Videos of ATLAS alumni who are now full time employees can be viewed on YouTubeApplications should be submitted online by December 31st.  http://www.jhuapl.edu/education/diversity/atlas.asp

I appreciate the time and effort you will put forth in passing this information along and look forward to receiving some strong applicants from your respective university.  Please contact me if you should have any questions.

Atlas Brochure

Atlas Alumni Booklet

Profile of JHU APL 

Thank You,

Nykia Jackson Brooks, D.Eng., PMP
ATLAS Internship Program Technical Coordinator
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Engineering and Advanced Development Group
Asymmetric Operations Sector
(240) 228-9255 Office


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2016 Ozonesonde Workshop Sees Largest Enrollment to Date

Preparing to launch!

Preparing to launch!

The Tropospheric Ozone Pollution Project (TOPP) started in 2004 with a seed grant from the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University.  TOPP uses weather balloons with special instruments to measure ozone, temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, latitude, longitude, altitude, wind speed, and wind direction all in an effort to understand ozone pollution.

More than 100 students have participated in the project over the years.  While TOPP started in and is primarily focused on Houston, Texas, the project also runs a station in Idabel, Oklahoma (since 2010), and has orchestrated launches in Nacogdoches, Texas; Beaumont, Texas; College Station, Texas; Ft. Worth, Texas; Valparaiso, Indiana; Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Hastings, Michigan; Cumberland, Maryland, and University Park, Pennsylvania in the United States as well as Las Tables, Panama (NASA TC-4); San Jose, Costa Rica (NASA TICOSONDE), and Sapporo, Japan (Fulbright).  The project is actively preparing to begin a program at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas during the Summer of 2016.

Each year, faculty and student participants gather at the ozonesonde laboratory at the University of Houston for a workshop during which they learn how to condition, calibrate, safely launch, and monitor the flight data from the ozonesonde instruments.  This year’s group included 8 students from the University of Houston, 2 students from Southwester University, and 6 students from St. Edward’s University.

Thanks to Alex Kotsakis (University of Houston Ph.D. student) for taking the lead in many of the training exercises as well as preparing the laboratory for the many visitors during the workshop.

This project is currently funded by the Capital Area Council of Governments, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Earth Science Division of NASA.

2016 Ozonesonde Workshop participants.

2016 Ozonesonde Workshop participants.