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2024 Internship - Innovative Sensor and Signal Processing

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Job Description


Are you interested in signal processing and want to develop systems that turn sensor information into decisions?


Do you like innovating to solve ambitious, real-world problems?


If you are pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Applied Math, Physics, Astronomy, or a related field, and want to work on sensor algorithms, we're looking for someone like you to join our team!


We are seeking a Sensor and Signal Processing intern to help us develop algorithms and assess the performance of the next generation of sensors on interceptors that counter constantly evolving air, ballistic missile and hypersonic threats.  You'll influence the development of powerful sensor algorithms and find creative, elegant solutions to the hard problems of processing information in the constrained and highly dynamic missile regime. We provide an inclusive environment for hardworking staff to collaborate with a diverse team of experts to take on vital missile defense challenges.


As a sensor and signal processing intern...

  • Your primary responsibility will be to derive requirements, perform trade studies, and analyze the capabilities of sophisticated sensor systems and algorithms.
  • You will research concepts and develop simulations and algorithms related to signal propagations, signal detection and air and space borne sensor systems.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...

  • Are pursing a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Applied Math, Physics, Astronomy, or a related field
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a passion for electromagnetic signals, environments or sensors; signal or image processing; machine learning; statistical classifiers; or object tracking and classification
  • Are skilled in one or more of the following programming languages: MATLAB, C++, or Python
  • 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.

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


About Us

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.

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