By Caitlin Whitter, BS in Computer Science, GWU, 2018
This past summer I interned at the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington D.C. I received this internship through the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP). Several Department of Navy laboratories throughout the country participate in this program. Once you apply, if a lab is interested in hosting you, they will contact you and propose a summer project. All interns are paired with at least one research mentor to supervise them throughout the summer.
During my internship, I programmed (in Java) an access point for human-selected action into an autonomous military air combat simulation. The purpose of the human access point is to enable users to override computer-determined actions or to progress through an entire simulation using only human commands. Originally, this system decided aircraft and missile movement based on search algorithms alone. Additionally, I integrated the existing Monte Carlo automated planner into this human mover system. This extension provides users the option to make informed decisions based on the outcome of the algorithm. At the end of my internship, I published two articles (a technical note and a quadrant chart) through NRL and NREIP, documenting the research I performed over the summer.
I had an amazing summer! It was a great experience to research and interact with others in a professional environment. Throughout my internship, I improved my technical, writing, and communication skills.
I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in the sciences, technology, mathematics, or engineering. The application only requires a resume, transcript, essay question responses, and two letters of recommendation. The internship is paid and spans ten weeks or more. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, dual citizens, or permanent residents and be on track to have at least 31 credits by Spring 2016. If you want to apply for Summer 2016, make sure to do so soon because the application deadline is October 23rd!
NOTE: For more information and to apply, go to: http://nreip.asee.org/