Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)

About Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)

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 1,700 professionals and continues to grow. 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 spawns 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 apply at


Technical Intern

June 2023 - August 2023 Arlington, VA
“The atmosphere at work was very pleasant and the work culture was very balanced, people prioritized their life but still worked, and loved working. ”

Development intern

June 2018 - August 2018 Suffolk, VA
“It was genuine hands on experience, not just getting coffee, and now I'm employed there full time as a software engineer with a $60,000 a year starting salary ”
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