The X-Force program offers opportunities for university students to serve their country through collaboration with the United States military to address real-world challenges over a summer long paid fellowship. Students will tackle problems defined by base POC’s that require both technical and entrepreneurial expertise.

Program Options

  • X-Force Fellowship: a full-time, in-person, paid summer fellowship program
    • Stipend of around $2,500 per month and a small budget for travel, materials, and other expenses for delivering a product to the sponsor.
  • X-Force Volunteers: a part-time, remote, volunteer opportunity

Program Activities

X-Force participants will engage with Department of Defense (DoD) partners for three months of applied problem solving. Participants will work on problems sponsored by their DoD hosts potentially including:

  • Technical (e.g. software development, data analytics, mechanical design/prototyping)
  • Strategy (e.g. communications and social media strategy)
  • Research (e.g. emerging technology scouting) projects.

Participants will be expected to deliver a prototype capability to their military sponsors by the end of the program.

Ideal Candidates

  • Minimal experience working with the military is preferred (Applicants with prior military or government work will be evaluated and accepted by exception.)
  • Robust technical skillset
  • Solid project-based work
  • Entrepreneurial mindset or experience
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Open to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates
  • Participants must be U.S. citizens.

Important Dates

November 2, 2020: Application period opens
December 31, 2020: Application period closes
March 3, 2021: X-Force 2021 Cohort decision notification
June 1, 2021: X-Force 2021 Cohort kick off
August 13, 2021: X-Force 2021 Cohort ends

How to Apply

Applications for summer 2021 can be found on the NSIN website. For additional information visit NSIN X-Force.


X-Force at WashU is made possible through a partnership with the Department of Defense’s National Security Innovation Network. For more information about NSIN at WashU, contact Jake Laktas.