Industrial Leadership in Physics

for our Students


The ILP adds business coursework to its curriculum to complement a foundation in Applied Physics. Coursework includes courses in Accounting and Finance as well as seminars on Intellectual Property Rights.


Scott Melis at Naval Research Laboratories

Scott MelisThe ILP apprenticeship has been really rewarding because of the job experience that it has given me. It has been an opportunity to learn techniques from researchers who operate in a different environment than our department. I believe that this diversity in experience will benefit me in my future career and contribute to my growth as I continue in our Physics program at Georgetown.


  • Apprentice for 11.5-month with an industrial partner
  • Integrate your real-life training into Ph.D. thesis research
  • Benefit from experiencing the industrial environment first-hand
  • Increase competitiveness in the job force

International students

Placing foreign students can be difficult -- not insurmountable -- due to employment restrictions, but there are still opportunities at multi-national corporation and within certain agencies. Our department has an extensive contact base that can facilitate this process.


Students are encouraged to engage with their industrial mentor on many different topics and to be as involved with them as they are able to donate their time. Be prepared with your short and long-term professional goals, relevant questions, and be receptive to their feedback. The department monitors student involvement in the mentoring program.