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Where do you want your STEM education to take you? The AEOP Undergraduate Apprenticeship program invites you to elevate your STEM knowledge and experience and take part in the research that is shaping the future of our nation. If you are interested in pursuing a career in STEM or want to take the next step in your STEM education, an AEOP Undergraduate Apprenticeship may be right for you. As an apprentice, you will gain first hand exposure to the cutting edge research that is happening in top university labs and U.S. Army Research Laboratories and Centers across the country. Working under the mentorship of a professional scientist or engineer, you will learn about the variety of paths in your STEM field of interest and develop the tools you need to get there. Let AEOP help you achieve your STEM education and career goals!

AEOP Apprenticeship Benefits

  • Stand out from your peers by making the most of your summer or the academic year. The experience of an AEOP apprenticeship looks good to graduate school admissions officers and recruiters for STEM jobs.
  • Be in the room where it happens. Apply classroom knowledge and feed your curiosity by immersing yourself in the research world. Not only will you be exposed to high-tech equipment and cutting edge techniques, but you will learn the sounds, smells, and the pace of the lab. Learn the culture of STEM.
  • Mentorship is the special sauce. There is so much to learn from the people in the lab. As an AEOP Apprentice you will receive formal mentorship from a professional scientist or engineer. In addition to this, there will be multiple opportunities for you to learn from the STEM practitioners, of varying levels of experience, around you. Receive guidance and coaching and start building a network that will make all the difference in your STEM journey.
  • Research that matters. Army-sponsored research addresses the Nation’s biggest challenges. An AEOP apprenticeship provides the opportunity to be part of the long history of discovery and innovation for the benefit of our country.
  • Ongoing support. Connect with a community of like-minded peers, other AEOP apprentices from throughout the country. Take advantage of the AEOP’s ongoing webinar series that highlights hot STEM careers, research areas, and additional opportunities with the AEOP. Or, attend a workshop to build skills required for graduate school applications and/or your job search.
  • Earn a stipend. Not only is participation in the AEOP free, all AEOP apprentices receive an educational stipend in recognition of their work.

Information for Applicants

  • In collaboration with universities and U.S. Army Research Laboratories and Centers, the AEOP is proud to offer summer, semester, and year-round apprenticeships for undergraduate students throughout the country. A list of participating locations, organized by state, is available here.
  • Apprenticeships take place onsite unless otherwise noted. (In the case of location closures due to COVID-19 restrictions, apprenticeships may be offered remotely or cancelled depending on individual location circumstances.)
  • AEOP Undergraduate Apprenticeships are designed for commuters. Transportation, meals, and housing are not provided. It is important to keep this in mind when selecting locations in the application.
  • Applicants must meet eligibility requirements, complete the AEOP Undergraduate Apprenticeships application, and submit recommendations (if required) by the due date in order to be considered for an apprenticeship. Requirements for each apprenticeship location are indicated on the locations list, available here.
  • Letters of recommendation are required for some apprenticeship locations. (A link will be provided after you submit your application.) If recommendations are not required for any locations that you have selected, DO NOT submit them. Extraneous recommendations will not be reviewed.
  • Please review the application FAQ for application tips and answers to frequently asked questions. We strongly recommend that you write the essay and gather materials (transcript, etc.) before starting the application. Information on what is included in the application is included in the FAQ here.
  • There is no application fee and participation in AEOP Apprenticeships is free.
    All apprentices earn an educational stipend in recognition of their participation. The stipend amount varies by apprenticeship location and program duration. If selected for the apprenticeship, information about the stipend will be provided in the award letter.
  • Summer apprenticeship applications are due by 11:59 pm EST on March 15, 2021 unless otherwise noted on the locations list. The application for academic year apprenticeships is open year-round.

Eligibility

All participants must be current undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents. Additional eligibility requirements vary by location.

Important Dates

January 15, 2021
Application Opens

March 15, 2021
Summer Application Deadline (unless otherwise noted)

April 2021
Summer Application Review and Apprentice Selection

May - August 2021
Summer Apprenticeships (specific dates determined by location)

Note:
Academic year applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Apply here

Find the Undergraduate Apprenticeship application here.

Interested in this program?

If you are interested in this program email us or call (585)475-7177. We'd love to hear from you!

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    Program Locations

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    Huntsville, AL
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation and Missile Center (DEVCOM-AvMC)
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    Tucson, AZ
    University of Arizona
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    Davis, CA
    University of California – Davis
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    Los Angeles, CA
    University of California – Los Angeles
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    Pasadena, CA
    California Institute of Technology
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    Playa Vista, CA
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) – West
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    San Jose, CA
    San Jose State University
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    Santa Barbara, CA
    University of California – Santa Barbara
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    Newark, DE
    University of Delaware
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    Atlanta, GA
    Georgia Tech Research Corporation
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    Augusta, GA
    Augusta University
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    Forest Park, GA
    U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command – Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC)
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    Champaign, IL
    U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Center – Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL)
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    Chicago, IL
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) – Central
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    Evanston, IL
    Northwestern University
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    Bloomington, IN
    Indiana University – Bloomington
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    West Lafayette, IN
    Purdue University
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    Baton Rouge, LA
    Louisiana State University
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    New Orleans, LA
    Tulane University
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    Amherst, MA
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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    Boston, MA
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) – Northeast
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    Waltham, MA
    University of Southern California – Waltham
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    Aberdeen Proving Ground (Edgewood), MD
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Chemical Biological Center
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) – Aberdeen

    Find apprenticeship information here.

    Adelphi, MD
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) – Adelphi
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    Baltimore, MD
    Johns Hopkins University
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    College Park, MD
    University of Maryland
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    Fort Detrick, MD
    United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
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    Silver Spring, MD
    Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR)
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    Vicksburg, MS
    U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Center (ERDC-MS) (Geotechnical and Structures)
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    Charlotte, NC
    University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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    Greensboro, NC
    North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
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    Camden, NJ
    Rutgers University
    Rutgers the State University

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    Socorro, NM
    New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
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    White Sands, NM
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Data Analysis Center (DEVCOM-DAC)
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) – White Sands

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    New York, NY
    Columbia University
    New York Institute of Technology
    New York University

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    Orangeburg, NY
    Nathan Kline University
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    Queens, NY
    St. John’s University New York
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    Rochester, NY
    University of Rochester
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    Stony Brook, NY
    State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook
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    West Point, NY
    Army Cyber Institute
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    Miami, OH
    Miami University
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    Bethlehem, PA
    Lehigh University
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    Centre County, PA
    Pennsylvania State University
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    Pittsburgh, PA
    Carnegie Mellon University
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    Philadelphia, PA
    Drexel University
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    Austin, TX
    University of Texas – Austin
    U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory (DEVCOM-ARL) – South

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    College Station, TX
    Texas A&M University
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    Houston, TX
    William Marsh Rice University
    University of Houston

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    San Antonio, TX
    University of Texas – San Antonio
    University of the Incarnate Word

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    Blacksburg, VA
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
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    Norfolk, VA
    Norfolk State University
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    Washington, D.C.
    George Washington University
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