Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP)

NRL participates in the Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) during the summer in cooperation with the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and as part of the Department of Defense SEAP. This program offers select high school students a unique opportunity to explore and pursue careers in science and technology by opening to them NRL's vast, varied resources and by allowing students to spend eight weeks working full-time on unclassified tasks. Under the direction of NRL scientists and engineers, students actively engage in research problems, planning sessions, special program seminars, and writing and presentation of a final research paper.

This program is administered through NRL's Human Resources Office, Employee Development and Management Branch. The NRL SEAP Coordinator can be reached at (202) 767-8324 or (202) 767-6736.

Eligibility Requirement

Must be in high school grades 9-12, and at least 15 years of age.
US Citizenship
Must be recommended by a high school official (guidance counselor, math, or science teacher)


Students will be selected on the basis of grades, science and mathematics courses taken, scores on national standardized tests, areas of interest, teacher recommendations and personal student statement.


High school students receive a $3,300 Academic Award, returning students receive $3,800 from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Transportation allowances and temporary housing are NOT provided.


Student application, information on applying and deadlines can be obtained by the following methods:
  • Apply on-line at
  • Program information can be viewed at any time at this site; however, you will only be able to access the application form during the application period.
  • You may sign up for their email distribution list for upcoming program dates via the website.
  • You may also add ASEE to your Facebook page for updates.

Project Manager

Artis Hicks
American Society for Engineering Education
1818 N St., Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20036