One of the primary goals of Education & Workforce/Naval STEM efforts is the development and fostering of the future and current naval STEM workforce. Numerous programs are available to students, academic faculty, and naval scientists and engineers.


High School Internships

The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) places academically talented high school students with interest and ability in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as apprentices in Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories for eight weeks during the summer. There are more than 25 Navy laboratories across the country currently participating in the Navy SEAP program. While working closely with research personnel, who act as mentors, the students will experience scientific and engineering practice not available in their school environment.

Undergraduate Internships 

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NRIEP) is 10-week internship program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in research under the guidance of an appropriate research mentor at a participating Navy laboratory.

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.

Graduate Internships 

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program is a joint program of the United States Army, Navy and Air Force within the University Research Initiative (URI), designed to increase the number of U.S. citizens trained in disciplines of science and engineering important to defense goals. DoD awards approximately 100-150 new three-year graduate fellowships each year to individuals for study and research leading to doctoral degrees in, or closely related to, the disciplines of aeronautical and astronautical engineering; biosciences; chemical engineering; chemistry; cognitive, neural and behavioral sciences; electrical engineering; geosciences; civil engineering; computer and computational sciences; materials science and engineering; mathematics; mechanical engineering; naval architecture and ocean engineering; oceanography; and physics.