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Computational Science Intern - COMPU007566-00001


The Capital Area Division (CAD) of Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) has an outstanding Computational Science Internship opportunity for a full-time student who is currently enrolled in an Undergraduate or Graduate Degree program and wants to gain related work experience in the field of computational science. The qualified intern will support modeling, simulation, code development, and analysis projects that utilize skills in computer programming, visualization, and statistics.  This includes, but is not limited to, developing new computational capabilities that leverage existing physics-based models, running simulations using high performance computers (HPC), and conducting analysis and visualization of simulation outputs.


The qualified intern will support an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers developing and enhancing the nation’s modeling and simulation tools used to model high energy weapons effects in support of national security and warfighter needs.  Due to the nature of this work, you must be eligible to obtain and maintain a security clearance by the start of the internship. 


As an ARA intern, you will have opportunities for career advancement and continued learning outside of your primary job functions. ARA interns participate in teambuilding activities, attend technical brownbag presentations, and gain experience working in a professional office environment. Each ARA intern will prepare and present a technical briefing overviewing their work to the ARA technical staff at the conclusion of their internship.


This position is in-person and will last for approximately 12 weeks. Please note that ARA does not provide housing assistance or relocation stipends.


Required Qualifications:

     * Ability and willingness to learn programming in Python, Fortran, or C++

     * Eagerness to learn new tools and techniques

     * Strong verbal and written communication skills

     * Familiarity with computational approaches for mechanics of materials (e.g. finite element, finite difference, or finite volume methods)

     * Must be a U.S. Citizen

     * Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance

     * Must be a currently enrolled, full-time student in a Bachelor’s Degree program or above in Computational Science, Computer Science, Physics, Geology, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or related field at an accredited university


Desired Experience:

     * Experience programming in Fortran

     * Experience developing a physical simulation using the finite element method

     * Experience with Monte Carlo simulation methods

     * Experience using non-commercial physics models

     * Entering final year of study




Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1200 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.


At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership fosters greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company’s success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at


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