Year-Round Internships at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Research internships on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) are for undergraduate and graduate science and engineering students at either the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) or the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

Academic Majors

The academic majors most commonly requested are:

  • Engineering – most areas of concentration, but primarily Bio-Medical, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Materials, Mechanical, and Engineering
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

WPAFB Intern Requirements

To be eligible for employment on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base year-round, you must be :

  • a sophomore through Ph.D. student
  • a degree-seeking STEM student in good academic standing
  • able to work year-round
  • a U.S. citizen

Program Benefits

Students benefit both academically and financially by working in state-of-the-art laboratories with top professionals in their field. Additionally, they can use this experience for senior projects, cooperative education and graduate research. The Air Force receives the benefit of top students who bring new energy and ideas to the research projects.

Additional benefits include:

  • Career Identification – “Is this what I really want to do?”
  • On-the-job, career-related experience
  • Financial Assistance – competitive salaries depending on academic class standing (i.e. sophomore through Ph.D.)
  • Flexible, year-round work schedule

NOTE: Projects become available on a regular basis, year-round, so it is important to have your application on file with us.


For information about the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) opportunities in materials science (RX), contact Brittany Edwards by phone at (937) 904-4507 or by email at or

Office on Wright-Patt Air Force Base
2977 Hobson Way
Area B, Bldg 653
​WPAFB, OH 45433

For Information about the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) opportunities in departments other than materials science (RX), contact Kim Elam by phone at (937) 258-8890 or by email at

SOCHE Main Headquarters
3155 Research Blvd., Suite 204
Doyton, OH 45419

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