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2023 Internship – Software Engineer – Shipboard Systems

Are you interested in learning more about the field of data storage and visualization?
Do you love the challenge of designing and developing solutions to data-driven problems?
Do you care deeply about the mission of the United States Navy and want to make an immediate and significant impact?
If you are pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or a similar major, and want to work in an exciting and collaborative environment, we’d love to have you join our team!
We are seeking an intern ready to take on new challenges with us as we seek to modernize our approach to data analysis and visualization. You will join a team of multi-disciplinary staff who are developing new approaches for analysis of deployed systems and the development and integration of new system concepts onto submarines. We help our sponsors and the associated industry contractors maintain existing deployed Navy systems, develop new systems and modifications to existing systems, and embrace the changes necessary to modernize our approach to data storage and analysis.
As a member of our team…
  • Your primary responsibility will be designing and implementing a MATLAB-based plotting solution leveraging XML templates.
  • You will develop software in an Agile team setting using GitLab, Jira, etc., working with software engineers and analysts.
  • You may also have the opportunity to create data visualization applications using the Unity game engine (with scripting in C#), potentially using Virtual or Augmented Reality.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...
  • Are pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or similar degrees.
  • Have a passion for programming and analysis, and are excited to learn about databases and MATLAB plotting techniques.
  • Have an interest in learning and using various programming languages, e.g., C#, R, Python, MATLAB, C++, JavaScript, etc.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Secret level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.
You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...
  • Have previous professional experience (e.g., internships) as a Software Engineer, particularly with a focus on databases and/or visualization.
  • Have previous experience with MATLAB.
  • Have an active Secret or Top Secret security clearance.

Why work at APL?
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.
At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at
APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.