Naval Research Laboratory HBCU/MI Undergraduate Internship

This 10-week intern program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate students at HBCU/MIs to participate in research under the guidance of an appropriate research mentor at NRL.

Research interns are active participants and conduct hands-on laboratory research, working a minimum of 40 hours per week under the guidance of senior Naval Research Laboratory staff. Students are expected to complete weekly progress reports. At the conclusion of the program, students will prepare written reports and make brief presentations describing their summer’s work. In addition to conducting scientific research, the interns attend scientific and skill-set seminars on laboratory safety, ethics in science and engineering, job-search skills, and resume writing.

Internships will be awarded competitively to all undergraduate students.  Undergraduates currently enrolled at a Historically Black College or University or Minority Institution (HBCU/MI) are encouraged to apply. A complete list of HBCU/MIs is available online. Preference is given to students who have completed at least two years of undergraduate training and are planning careers in science, mathematics and engineering. This program is not intended for pre-medical students. Prior laboratory experience is desirable. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, fluent in English and have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0.

Stipends: Successful applicants will receive a stipend of $810.00 per week for the ten-week program (not to exceed $8100.00) and a travel allowance of up to $600.00.

Research Opportunities include:

-Biosensor Design and Engineering
-Bio-fuels and Alternative Energy Materials
-Organic/Inorganic Molecular Imprinting
-Microbattery and Miniature Power Source Design
-Molecular Engineering of Bioconstructs for Chemical and Biotoxin Detection
-Microrobotics: Engineering and Design
-Microstructural Studies of Advanced Steels
-Novel Materials Joining Processes
-Elastomers and Functional Polymers
-Computational Design of Materials
-Nanocrystalline Magnetic Materials for Power Electronics
-Electrochemical Reduction Pathways of Nitroenergetics
-Laser Processing of Biomaterials
-Nanoparticle Characterization and Synthesis
-Meta-Proteomics and Mass Spectral-Based Proteome Profiling
-Fluorescence Energy Transfer (FRET) Analysis
-Solar Energy Harvesting
-Graphical User Interface-Robotics Engineering