AI Research for Intelligence Community Challenges (AIRICC) Internship Program

A Summer School for IC-Hard Problems in AI

June 1 August 7, 2020

College Park, Maryland


The Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) at the University of Maryland, College Park, is seeking outstanding undergraduate and graduate students interested in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to participate in the first annual Artificial Intelligence Research for Intelligence Community Challenges (AIRICC) program. This exciting 10 week paid program will pair students with mentors from UMD campus and the DOD/IC community, and offer the potential opportunity to be considered for future employment with the US government, to include possible sponsorship for a security clearance.

Over the 10-week period, students will participate in lectures and regular team development meetings in a shared work environment. Students will also experience guest lectures from academia and government and participate in field trips to exciting IC and DOD facilities. The summer program will conclude with a workshop and demonstration event, briefing a panel of IC/DOD experts and leadership.


The goal of AIRICC is to create and nurture a pipeline of student talent, at the graduate and undergraduate level, who partner with members of the Department of Defense (DOD) and Intelligence Community (IC) for an intensive program that includes exploration, prototyping, and testing and evaluation of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms for use in mission-driven applications. Students will work in teams, with mentors from academia and the intelligence community. Problems will be posed by IC stakeholders, and supported with realistic data sets and other materials.


Students will be paid $1000 per week for 10 weeks. Housing and/or food allowances are not provided; the stipend is intended to cover local accommodations.


Students must be U.S. citizens and either graduate students or junior or senior undergraduates. Students must be majoring in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or another discipline with a significant focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Students must be available full time (week days only) for the duration of the program.

To Apply: (deadline February 28, 2020)

Please assemble a package including a) your resume, b) a copy of your transcripts, c) a letter describing your interest in the program and in a possible career path in the intelligence community, and submit it to