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INNOVATE: The L3Harris Summer Program  



INNOVATE: The L3Harris Summer Program is a partnership program of Villanova University’s College of Engineering and L3Harris Technologies. INNOVATE provides student teams the opportunity to develop innovative solutions to unmet societal or technical challenges:

  • Student teams manage all aspects of their projects—from problem statement and initial design concept through prototyping.
  • Student teams own any Intellectual Property they create during their INNOVATE residency.
  • Teams deliver final presentations to representatives of L3Harris Technologies at the company’s headquarters in Melbourne, Florida.
  • While in Florida, students will have the opportunity to participate in mock interviews, which may lead to an internship or full time employment offer with L3Harris Technologies.


  • Two-month INNOVATE residency: June 1st – July 31st
  • Stipend: $3,500/per student (stipend is taxable)
  • Free room and board on Villanova’s campus
  • Project budget of $2,500 per team
  • Access to faculty, labs and facilities

How to Apply - Deadline TBD

INNOVATE is open to all undergraduate engineering students and computer science majors. Students form their own four-person teams which are multidisciplinary in nature. In other words, teams include members from two or more academic majors or disciplines. Teams are responsible for recruiting a Villanova faculty member to serve as their advisor. Finally, teams are required to submit an online pre-proposal and final proposal in order to be considered for entry into INNOVATE. It is through a competitive proposal process that four teams are ultimately selected to participate in INNOVATE.

To apply…

Step 1: Identify the Humanitarian or Technological Problem You Want to Solve
Step 2: Form Your Team and Recruit a Faculty Advisor
Step 3: Submit Your Pre-proposal
Step 4: Incorporate INNOVATE Review Committee Feedback and Submit Your Final Proposal

Proposal Elements

Problem Statement: What humanitarian problem or technological need does your team seek to address? Why is it important to society to address this problem? (max 250 words)

State of the Art: Summarize existing solutions to this problem, if any? (max 150 words)

Proposed Design Solution: What technical solution does your team propose to design and build? (max 150 words)

Key Objectives: What are the key objectives or features of your proposed solution? (max 150 words)

Team Expertise: Summarize your team members’ areas of expertise. Why is your team qualified to undertake this project? (max 150 words)

Resource Requirements: What physical resources will your team need to complete this project? (max 150 words)

INNOVATE: The L3Harris Summer Program


For information regarding INNOVATE, contact Keith Argue, Assistant Dean for External Affairs and INNOVATE Director.

INNOVATE application deadline to be determined.

“Students Say…”

Anthony Etim, Electrical Engineering

“The INNOVATE program enables you to transform your ideas into reality within the constraints of the real world. It encourages you to use your creativity to tackle those constraints."

--Anthony Etim, Electrical Engineering

Caroline Maclaren, Computer Engineering

“INNOVATE was incredible. It was a great opportunity to get real hands-on experience and see an idea come to life. You work at your own pace with your peers, but also collaborate with and hear from other groups about their experiences. The interdisciplinary nature of the program made it all the more worthwhile.”

--Caroline Maclaren, Computer Engineering