Undergraduate Internships

These programs include:

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) is a 10-week undergraduate and graduate research internship opportunity at one of nearly 30 naval laboratories or warfare centers. Accepted students 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 NREIP are to:

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

NREIP provides competitive research internships to undergraduate students and graduate students each year. College students spend ten weeks during the summer conducting research at approximately 36 laboratories around the United States. Research opportunities include:

  • Medical research
  • Ship design and propulsion
  • Information technology
  • Communication and navigation
  • Air vehicle design and propulsion
  • Energetics
  • Many other areas


  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Dual citizens may be accepted ONLY at Naval Research Laboratories.
  • Applicants should have majors relevant to the research interests of the laboratories.
  • Students attending two-year colleges, who meet the major and credit requirements, may be eligible at the laboratory’s discretion. Please contact the laboratory you are interested in participating with directly to find out if you meet their requirements, as they may vary.

Award duration and stipends

The internship has a duration of 10 weeks. Stipend levels will be determined by the student’s years of participation in the NREIP program. Stipends will range from $5,400 to $10,800. Stipends will be paid bi-weekly via direct deposit.

  • $5,400: New undergraduate student participants
  • $8,100: Returning undergraduate students
  • $10,800: Graduate students


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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NRL and HBCU/MI Internship Program

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 are awarded competitively to students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate training in science, mathematics, or engineering. Preference is given to students planning careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This program is not intended for pre-meds. Prior laboratory experience is desirable. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency, fluent in English and be enrolled at a Historically Black College or University, Minority Institution, or Tribal College or University (complete list of HBCU/MI/TCU’s). Candidates must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0.

A limited number of graduate student internship opportunities are also available for students attending Historically Black Colleges or Universities, or Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI).


Successful undergraduate applicants will receive a stipend of $830.00 per week for the ten-week program (not to exceed $8300.00) and a travel allowance of up to $600.00. Graduate students will receive a stipend of $1070.00 per week (graduates) for the ten-week program (not to exceed $10,700.00) and a travel allowance of up to $600.00.

Research Opportunities

  • 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




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