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Workforce Development programs at the Doolittle Institute focus in two areas: the Current Workforce and Future Workforce (STEM Outreach).


We work with AFRL/RW as requested to provide specialized, off-base training. Through our partners, the Doolittle Institute offers both off-the-shelf and customized training solutions. While most training courses offered at the Doolittle Institute are closed sessions for the employees of our client only, some are open to the public.

See our Events Page for more information regarding public workforce development opportunities.


AFRL hires some of the best scientists and engineers in the country, challenging them to find solutions to problems our warfighters face today and to perform research and development for military needs of the future.

Research and development areas of interest include:

  • Robotics/autonomy
  • Material Science
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Optics/Photonics
  • Bio-inspired design
  • Computer Science/Simulation
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Power/Batteries
  • Mechanism Design
  • Mechanical Engineering

FIRST® Programs

The Doolittle Institute proudly manages the FIRST® LEGO® League: Explore, FIRST® LEGO® League: Challenge, and FIRST® Tech Challenge: AeroCoast league programs, preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s STEM workforce.

FIRST® Events & Schedules

LEGACY Craftsman Camps

During the summer of 2018, the Doolittle Institute introduced the AFRL LEGACY Craftsman program to Northwest Florida. LEGACY is intended to introduce STEM at a young age, continue growing students’ interest in STEM, and eventually hire these students into a STEM driven Air Force career. Craftsman is a free, STEM-inspired, hands-on camp for 11- to 15-year-old students. Registration for returning campers begins in November, registration for new campers begins in January.

AFRL Scholars Program

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Scholars Program offers stipend-paid summer internship opportunities to undergraduate and graduate level university students pursuing STEM degrees, as well as upper-level high school students; select locations also offer internships to university students pursuing education-related degrees and K-12 professional educators. The selected interns gain valuable hands-on experiences working with full-time AFRL scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology and are able to contribute to unique, research-based projects. Graduate interns are able to collaborate with AFRL on current research and incorporate the research into their graduate work. In addition to opportunities to perform research for the Air Force Research Lab Munitions Directorate as a Hap Arnold(graduate level college) or Air Armament(undergraduate college) Scholar, you can apply to be a Doolittle Scholar(upper-level high school or college) and assist with our STEM Educational Outreach Programs.  More info