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CIRCUIT is still accepting applications on a rolling basis through early March.

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The CIRCUIT 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.

What it entails: Participation includes a full-time (40 hours per week), on-site summer program at APL and a part-time (20 hours per week) school-year commitment. Students are also asked to participate in spring training before the summer session (8 hours per week). The summer session includes workshops and seminars designed to enhance students’ research skills. During the 2021–2022 school year, students will meet with their teams and mentors at least once per week. Students may also apply to our Section 2 (Beta) program that begins with a part-time (20 hours per week) school-year commitment and ends with a full-time (40 hours per week) summer session the following year. Note: This option is not available for rising seniors. On-site opportunities for both sections may become available as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

View past Hopkins cohorts HERE

More details can be found here:

Program Details:

Funding type: individual

Funding amount: $9000 for summer & credit during academic year

Opens for applications: November 15  Apply here

Priority deadline: January 10

Rolling applications through: early March

Interviews: January 19 – February 23 (tentative)

Decision Notification: on or about March 7

Spring Training: March 15 – May 15

Circuit Summer Session: May 31 – August 19.

For specific program questions (CIRCUIT, CRIMSON or other) please contact the CIRCUIT Program Office directly; for all other questions contact HOUR.

How is funding distributed?

Students are paid in equal semi-monthly salary (twice each month).

What can the funding be used for?

Program funding may be used however you would like. Examples include: rent, food, a new laptop, conference fees, travel, or any other discretionary expenses.

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

No, HOUR will work with other programs commuting to APL for the summer to share their shuttle bus.

If this is not an available option, HOUR will work with students to reserve HopVans through the transportation office. Students with a valid drivers license that have completed the Driver Certification Program can become authorized drivers to transport fellow program participants to and from APL. HOUR will provide an account number to cover the expense of the HopVan for the length of the program.

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 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 for any part of 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 can also look for housing closer to the APL campus in Laurel, MD for the summer.

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