AFFOA Skillbridge Internship

Looking for your next career move after your military service? Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) seeks to engage and retain high-performing candidates of varied backgrounds in on-the-job exposure to the cutting-edge field of advanced textile manufacturing and development. Our Skillbridge program offers active members of the Armed Services the opportunity to learn new skills and develop new capabilities while receiving real-world training.

Training and Education

Why an AFFOA Skillbridge Internship?

AFFOA’s mission is to rekindle the domestic textile industry by leading a nationwide enterprise for advanced fiber and fabric technology development and manufacturing. As a non-profit, public-private partnership and DoD-funded Manufacturing USA Innovation Institute, AFFOA bridges the gap between early-stage technology and commercialization.

We utilize our expertise and membership ecosystem to help develop and educate the workforce of tomorrow and to create and manufacture textile-based products with transformative capabilities that meet defense and consumer needs.

Your Post Military Career Starts Here

Textile manufacturing in the United States has slowly declined over the past several decades and the textile industry as we know it today will not remain the same. It will evolve into a more technical and interdisciplinary field, requiring a distinct group of highly skilled workers to support it.


Are you ready get these in-demand skills? Do you want to help revolutionize and revitalize the domestic textile industry by transforming traditional fibers into sophisticated networked systems for commercial and defense applications? If you are interested in solving hard problems, working in an innovative, fast-paced environment with a multi-disciplinary team on advanced fiber and fabric technologies and products, consider applying for AFFOAs DoD Skillbridge Internship.


Here’s what Skillbridge looks like at AFFOA:

  • 12-16 week internships, in either remote or in-person work from our office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  
  • Opportunities align with our Education and Workforce Development as well as technical project management portfolios. 
  • Interns are paid by and supported for benefits through the military.  
  • Possible full-time employment with AFFOA or AFFOA’s Members.

Who Can Apply?

Any member of the armed services who: 

  • Is currently on Active Duty
  • Can obtain command sponsorship
  • Interested in a career in the advanced textile industry

What’s the timeline?
You can apply anytime. You can expect 3-4 interviews before an internship offer is considered.

How do I apply?
You can view all of the open internship and co-op opportunities below. Please note each listing may represent multiple openings.

AFFOA SkillBridge Research and Development Intern (4-6 Months)

To apply, please COMPLETE THIS FORM which will give us a better idea of your expertise and availability.

What happens next?
Once you apply, we will review your application and notify candidates who are progressing to one to two-panel interviews. The recruiter will keep you informed throughout the process.

If you have any questions regarding AFFOA’s Skillbridge Program, please contact us at