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CIRCUIT is now accepting applications. 

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The CIRCUIT (Cohort-based Integrated Research Community for Undergraduate Innovation and Trailblazing) program at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) offers undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research while building skills to make significant contributions to science. Diverging from traditional summer internships, CIRCUIT students participate in a yearlong cohort-based research experience as integral members of APL project teams and participate in unique, hands-on learning in a fun, collaborative environment. The program provides training and mentoring to support students in the broader research community.

What it entails:

Participation begins with spring training (15 hours per week).  The summer component includes full-time (40 hours per week) paid, on-site employment at APL followed by a part-time (20 hours per week) school-year commitment with opportunities to earn academic credit. The summer session includes workshops and seminars designed to enhance students’ research skills, as well as professional development.

Academic Interests (BUT, all majors are eligible, you just need interest!): Applied Math & Statistics, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Neuroscience, Planetary Science

View past Hopkins cohorts HERE

Program Details:

For all information about application deadlines, compensation, eligibility, and program dates, please visit:

For specific CIRCUIT program questions please contact the CIRCUIT Program Office directly.

For all other questions contact HOUR.

How is funding distributed?

Students are paid an hourly wage set by the CIRCUIT@APL program. Pay will be distributed via direct deposit (or paper check), twice each month on or about the 15th and the last business day of each month.


What can the funding be used for?

Program funding is completely discretionary and may be used however you would like. You do not need to account for your spending with HOUR or APL.

Do I need to have a car or find my own transportation to APL (Laurel)?

No, HOUR will provide a shuttle bus that picks participants up at Mason Hall in morning and the APL facility in the evening.

If you have your own car, you are welcome to utilize it for travel to APL and carpool with any participants you would like. Onsite parking is free.

HOUR, APL, and the university will NOT cover expenses related to:

  • UBER/ LYFT/ taxis or other ride share options
  • Mileage, gas or other personal car usage expenses
  • Zip car or other vehicle rental expenses

HOUR and APL do not provide housing during participation in these programs. The Homewood campus offers limited dorm rooms during the summer as well as a rental sublet list. The Homewood Housing office can provide current information. More details and contact information can be found on their website. Upon request, HOUR is happy to provide a letter assuring the office you are working for the university over the summer. You are also welcome to make your own housing arrangements closer to the APL campus in Laurel, MD for the summer at your expense.

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