Diversity Outreach Opportunity – Research Intern

The Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State is looking for talented, experienced and highly motivated underrepresented undergraduate students to apply for the Diversity Outreach Opportunities in Research (D.O.O.R) Internship Program for our Reston, VA location. The 10-12-week (May – August) research-focused internship program is looking for candidates who may have an interest in pursuing a career as an R&D Engineer.

Typical duties will vary depending on the successful candidate’s area of study/interest. Software engineering and/or data science students will help research and develop quality software and algorithmic solutions to our sponsor’s complex problems and work within an agile environment to develop and deliver quality software and/or analytics solutions. Details for specific majors can be found below. More information can be found here.

  • Software engineer duties will include the development, test, and transition of Java and JavaScript based software systems including aspects of server, client, and web service components. Candidates should have experience in technologies such as Java, Python, JavaScript, React – Redux, HTML5, CSS, relational (PostgreSQL) and non-relational (NoSQL) data bases and have a solid understanding of data structures and object-oriented design (OOD) concepts.
  • Data scientist duties will include researching and developing feasible algorithmic solutions to given large sets of multivariate data. Specifically, you will be engaged in machine learning based analytic research and development of large multivariate data sets. Candidates should have experience in large data and machine learning languages/technologies such as Python, TensorFlow, Keras, SPARQ, Hadoop, NiFi or equivalents.
  • Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering majors interested in Cyber, Data and Image Science and love the idea of working on the “pointy end of the spear” of cyber problems the duties will specifically support this organization’s mission sets related to reverse engineering, cyber analytics and cyber technology evaluation to work on projects that support our Government Sponsors.

Computer Science, Computer Engineer, Data Science/Analysis, Electrical Engineer, Information, Science and Technology and Software Engineer majors are highly encouraged to apply. Strong communication and organizational skills are key to working within this team environment. The successful candidate will work up to 40 hours/week over the summer. Candidates selected may be subject to a government security investigation. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

By Samantha Horton
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