High School Internships

The Department of the Navy offers numerous internship opportunities for high school students interested in working with naval scientists and engineers in Navy and Marine Corps Labs. These programs include:

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) is an eight-week high school apprenticeship opportunity at a naval laboratory or warfare center where interns gain real-world, hands-on experience and research skills while being introduced to the Navy and Marine Corps science and technology environment. The goals of SEAP are to:

  • Encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
  • Further students’ education via mentoring by laboratory personnel
  • Get students to participate in ongoing naval research
  • Raise student awareness of the Department of the Navy (DON) technology efforts, which may lead to employment within DON.


  • High school students who have completed at least Grade 9. A graduating senior is eligible to apply
  • Must be 16 years of age for most laboratories. Some laboratories may accept a 15 year old applicant. Please check individual lab description for more details.
  • Applicants must be US citizens and participation by Permanent Resident Aliens is limited. Please check individual lab descriptions for participation of Permanent Resident Aliens.
  • Dual citizens may be accepted at some labs, but not all. Interested students should contact the individual labs to determine if dual citizens may apply.

Award duration and stipends

Participating students spend 8 weeks during the summer doing research. Program dates are fixed and cannot be changed. Students are expected to participate 8 continuous weeks. No vacation time is allowed during these eight weeks. It is strongly recommended to apply to laboratories that are close to your residence. No travel/relocation allowance will be provided. The stipend amount for students will be $3,300 for the 8 weeks, which will be paid in three installments. Returning students will receive $3,800 for the 8 weeks. Payments will be distributed bi-weekly via direct deposit.


Dr. Michelle Skoorka
Dr. Sophoria Westmoreland


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Pathways is a Federal government program for students and recent graduates that provides entry level paid opportunities for current students to explore Federal careers while completing their education.

Internship Program Eligibility

Department of the Navy (DON) Pathways Internship opportunities are open to individuals who are accepted for enrollment or enrolled at least half time in a qualifying education institution seeking employment. For many positions, your major does not need to be directly related to the position. However for some positions, such as Engineer, your major should be directly related to the positions.

The USAJOBS Job Opportunities Announcement (JOA) will provide specific guidance related to academic career goals or field of study. The DON also offers apprenticeships – and the opportunity to gain licensing — to develop highly skilled civilian employees who perform a designated trade or craft, such as carpentry, welding, and scores of other occupations that are vital for reaching our mission objectives. These apprenticeships may fall under the Pathways Authority as well as other authorities including Delegated Examining.

Qualifying Education Institutions

  • High School: A high school, whose curriculum has been approved by a State or local governing body, including home school.
  • Technical or Vocational School: An accredited technical, vocational, and trade schools.
  • College: 2-year or 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, junior colleges, advanced graduate degree, and professional school.

Program Requirements

Requirements differ for each program but the JOA found at USAJOBS.gov will list the level and type of education and other requirements that may be necessary for the job depending on which program it falls.

Basic requirements for conversion to the competitive (permanent) service* include:

  • Completing at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program
  • Successfully completing your degree or certificate requirements
  • Meeting the qualification standards for the target position
  • Completing requirements specified in the DON Pathways Participant Agreement, and
  • Performing your job successfully

*Note: Not all internships have conversion eligibility.
Refer to the individual JOA for specific information.




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