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Undergraduate Software Developer Intern

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is actively seeking a highly qualified Undergraduate Software Developer Intern to develop solutions for the Intelligence and Defense communities. The intern will join a collaborative team of engineers and scientists developing physics-based modeling and simulation software, AI/ML applications, and web applications.

ARA is seeking interns to support multiple projects. Our professional software development team has designed and produced software systems ranging from integrated multi-disciplinary design and optimization systems to 3D interactive design/analysis systems, weapons effects and operational mission planning systems, electronic technical manuals, cyber security applications, and multimedia database management systems.

Undergraduate Software Developer Intern Responsibilities:
The ideal candidate will have an active interest in applying math/statistics/engineering concepts to solve multi-disciplinary problems. The candidate should be familiar with improving/optimizing/tuning existing algorithms as well as developing new algorithms from scratch. This will include software design, software development, and debugging / issue resolution. The candidate should demonstrate a hands-on approach to problem-solving and must be willing to actively participate in the evaluation of algorithm and system performance.

Undergraduate Software Developer Intern Required Qualifications:
• US Citizenship (Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information)
• Undergraduate student in Computer Science, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or a closely related field
• Strong foundation in software development and experience with at least one modern software development ecosystem (Python, Java, C++, JavaScript) and interest in learning others
• Demonstrated experience going from problem statement to prototype to production-ready algorithms
• Team player with excellent communication skills

Undergraduate Software Developer Intern Additional Desirable Qualifications:
• Strong mathematical foundation and algorithm development skills
• Experience with modern C++ and object-oriented programming with QT
• Experience with web frameworks (i.e. Django, Flask, gRPC), front-end development (i.e. React, Vue), cloud technologies (i.e. Docker, Kubernetes), or distributed computing
• Interest or experience in physics-based modeling or Machine Learning
• Strong foundation in software development processes and tools (IDEs, version control, agile/scrum, CI/CD)
• Ability and desire to quickly learn new domains
• Prior/existing security clearance

About Us:
Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company known for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. We were founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979 as the disco era was, thankfully, closing out and the personal computer era was beginning. We employ over 1,500 professionals and continue to grow. ARA offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement.

ARA also prides ourselves on having a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets, so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. The company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. We are also very proud of our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments.

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