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Research and Academic Opportunities

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

As you make decisions about what you will do this summer, see this spreadsheet with information and links to some research opportunities for undergraduates at colleges and universities across the country.  Participating in one of these opportunities will give you a chance to do research and can make you more competitive for graduate school or an industry job after graduation by developing your critical thinking, troubleshooting communication skills and more.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Summer Research Opportunities

The Laboratory’s fundamental mission is to apply science and advanced technology to critical problems of national security, primarily working on sensors, information extraction (signal processing and embedded computing), and communications.  A Department of Defense federally funded research and development center, the Laboratory has a focused commitment to R&D, with an emphasis on building prototypes and demonstrating operation systems under live test conditions that meet real-world requirements. Our R&D efforts span the following key mission areas:

  • Space Control
  • Air and Missile Defense Technology
  • Communication Systems
  • Cyber Security and Information Science
  • Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Systems and Technology
  • Advanced Technology (electronic or electro-optical technologies, biotechnology and chemistry)
  • Engineering (innovative systems to test new concepts)
  • Tactical Systems
  • Homeland Protection
  • Air Traffic Control

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We actively recruit individuals pursuing BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, and to a limited degree, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Biology, Chemistry, Meteorology and Materials Science. Candidates should have an interest and ability to work on a broad range of technical problems in a team environment and possess strong problem-solving, analytical, innovative, communications, and teaming skills. 

Due to our contracts with the Department of Defense employment at the Laboratory requires U.S. citizenship.

Last summer the Laboratory employed 99 undergraduates and 83 graduate students (total=182) under the auspices of our Summer Research Program.  We expect to hire at the same level for summer 2015.  Eligibility requirements, program details, and the application process can be viewed at