Frauenhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering, University of Maryland, USA

Students at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral) in Computer Science and Software Engineering can apply for paid internships at The Frauenhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering (University of Maryland) in the US.

BSc students should have finished four semesters before going to CESE but MSc and PhD students can go at any point. The Internship is paid.

About Fraunhofer CESE

Frauenhofer CESE is located on the campus of the University of Maryland  (UMD), which is the flagship public university in Maryland. UMD has more than 35000 students and is well-known for Computer Science (12th in the USA), Mathematics, Engineering, Economics, etc. The university is situated approximately 20 Km from Washington DC. 

Frauenhofer CESE has 23 permanent staff members (professional staff, students, interns, professors) and is located in the so called technology park next to the UMD campus.

Its mission is to "advance real-world software practices via empirically validated research into software-engineering technologies and processes."

Research activities at Frauenhofer CESE

Fraunhofer CESE does "applied research" in the following sense; it does basic research in

  • Design tools and techniques,
  • Verification and validation and
  • Software project management,

and applies the results of that research to fields such as

  • Aerospace,
  • Defense,
  • Automotive and
  • Medical.

Its biggest customers are NASA, Food and Drug Administration (medical-device software), medical-software companies, automotive companies, and defense.

Internships at CESE

CESE has hosted over 40 international interns since 2000. Interns work on research projects involving mainly tool development and tool application. Interns from RU get to participate in the ongoing research projects during their stay. Examples of projects in which interns have been involved are:

  • Medical-Device Software at FDA: Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates medical-device industry in the US. The main issue is that software within devices is a growing source of recalls and safety problems. The FDA is responsible for pre-market software approval and post-market “forensics”, but has insufficient resources to meet need. In this project, CESE explored the use of automated software modeling and verification to improve efficiency of approval process. The focus was on an  infusion pump.  CESE and FDA staff developed (MATLAB) models, formulated requirements; CESE checked requirements using instrumentation-based verification. The project was funded by FDA and the National Science Foundation.
  • Dynamic Software Architecture and Visualization Environment: Dyn-SAVE, supported by NASA, is a system that analyses the software architecture information of a system. CESE was allowed to use Dyn-SAVE to analyses CFDP (a protocol used by NASA to communicate  with Messenger around Mercury) traffic. Result:  40% of bandwidth wasted due to protocol error generating unnecessary retransmission.

CESE: Practical information

A typical internship lasts for six months. Interns work under supervision of a staff scientist at CESE and the typical schedule is:

  • One month:  orientation, learning
  • Four months:  working
  • One month:  writing (report, papers)
  • At end of internship:  presentation to CESE

Interns are assigned to staff before arrival. Intern and staff member meet early and often. Research leads to undergraduate research reports or final projects, MSc theses, PhD theses, research papers etc. The research can be used for these reports at RU.

The internships are paid.

Students are expected to arrange and pay their own transportation to the US. Also students are expected to find their own accommodation but CESE can help students along.


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