AT&T Supports Higher Education in Science & Technology

by: Staff, Wed Oct 05 10:22:00 EDT 2011

Long committed to higher education in science and technology, AT&T Labs offers both summer internships and three-year fellowships to graduate students with an interest and experience on working on research problems. Click here for research areas. Scroll down for information about summer internships.


AT&T Labs Fellowship Program

The AT&T Labs Fellowship Program (ALFP) offers three-year fellowships to outstanding under-represented minority and women students pursuing PhD studies in computing and communications-related fields. The program emphasizes personal interactions by partnering each recipient with an AT&T Researcher who serves as a mentor. The first year of the fellowship, students spend a summer at AT&T Research, working closely with their mentors on a project that pushes them to apply their learning to real problems.

For an in-depth look at previous ALFP projects, click on one of the following articles:

Intern Map Multimodal Interfaces Cryptography Coherent detection


The AFLP fellowship, in existence since 1972, was one of the first programs aimed at women and minorities. The completion rate is approximately 75 percent, making it one of the most successful programs of its type.

The fellowship covers all educational expenses during the school year, including tuition, books, fees, and approved travel expenses. Also included: a stipend for living expenses, education expenses for summer study or university research, and expenses for one approved scientific conference a year.

The fellowship is contingent on an annual review demonstrating satisfactory progress toward the PhD degree.

ALFP eligibility qualifications:

  • US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Female or member of a minority underrepresented in science fields (Hispanic, African-American, or Native American).
  • Senior graduating in the current academic year or in their first or second year of grad school.
  • Currently enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a graduate school program leading to a PhD.
  • Major field must be in computer science, math, statistics, electrical engineering, operations research, systems engineering, industrial engineering, or related fields.

Summer internships


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Each summer, research interns from universities all over the US come to AT&T Labs Research for 10 weeks to work with technical staff members on research projects, presenting talks of their work at the end of summer. Learn about one intern's summer experience in Inside the Labs: A Summer Intern Making A Difference.

Applicants for summer internship may be members of an existing university collaboration or may apply as individuals.  Candidates are typically graduate students but advanced undergraduates will also be considered in exceptional cases. All other applicants or anyone interested in learning more about other internships with AT&T, visit the AT&T corporate employment pages (

Housing can be arranged for students at nearby universities according to the universities’ summer schedules (typically first week of June to mid August). Students may also arrange their own accommodations, usually by renting a room in a local home. (Opportunities for short-term apartment rentals may be limited.) Summer interns pay for their own housing; however, AT&T Labs covers the costs for travel within the United States

Internship eligibility qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled, or planning to enroll, in a graduate school program leading to a PhD.
  • Major field must be in computer science, math, statistics, electrical engineering, operations research, systems engineering, industrial engineering, or related fields.
  • Students must have a US social security number. US citizenship or residency is NOT a requirement.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted beginning September 15.

Intern applications submitted by January 15 will receive full consideration. Late applications may not receive full consideration.

Intern applications will not be reviewed until after January 15.

Fellowship applications must be submitted and all supporting materials must be mailed to the address below by January 31.

The application for internships and fellowships is the same. In the form, be sure to select the appropriate program.  Complete this on-line application, which requires the following items:

Your resume

Letters of recommendation from professors and former employers. Summer interns must supply one (and optionally up to three). Fellowship candidates must supply three (and optionally up to five). References will be contacted by e-mail and given a URL for uploading reference letters. You should contact your references early to let them know that they will be hearing from us.

Personal statement (up to 500 words). Optional for summer interns who should describe academic interests and career goals.  Required for fellowship applicants. Describe why you are enrolled in your present academic program and how you intend to use your graduate education.

Feel free to supply any other information helpful in assessing your application.

After submitting your application, you will receive an email containing the URL of your application record. You can use this URL to add references, update, or withdraw your application.

Fellowship applicants must also supply:

Official transcripts of grades from all undergraduate schools attended. If the transcripts will not be available by the January 31 deadline, send a copy of them to use until your official ones arrive.

Graduate Record Examination scores on the Aptitude Test and the appropriate Advanced Test.  List the institution code R2041, AT&T Labs, on the GRE registration form.

Mail supporting materials to:
AT&T Labs Fellowship Administrator, Room C103
180 Park Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932-0971