Research interns are active participants in major research programs. They conduct “hands-on” laboratory research, working a minimum of 40 hours per week under the guidance of senior NRL staff. A 10-week planned research outline of assignments and expectations will be given to each intern by their mentor. In addition to conducting scientific research, the interns are provided the opportunity to attend scientific and skill-set seminars on topics including laboratory safety, ethics in science and engineering, job-search and interviewing skills and resume writing. Interns also sharpen their professional skills by being required to submit short weekly progress reports in addition to a final written project report. At the conclusion of the program, students will prepare written reports and make brief presentations describing their summer's work along with an oral presentation of their research. Students also participate in graduate school site visits to local universities where open panel discussions with the Dean, graduate students, and professors provide them invaluable information on admissions policies, financial aid, and the lifestyle of a graduate student. To promote student-student interactions and team-building after-hours activities and events are also arranged (e.g., BBQ, Washington Nationals Baseball games, and DC Museum tours).


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, 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). Permanent residents or Dual citizens are not eligible. Candidates must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0.


Housing is made available to the selected interns. Intern housing location will be at the Residence Inn, Alexandria, VA. Modified suites will be made to dual occupancy. These rooms will be distributed to students in order of receipt when a completed acceptance form/response is received. Subsidized cost per intern (approx. $275/week for full 10-week period). No partial payments or partial contracts will be accepted. Penalty cost can be incurred resulting from late withdrawal of sign room contract.


Successful undergraduate applicants will receive a stipend of $850.00 per week for the ten-week program (not to exceed $8500.00) and a travel allowance of up to $700.00. Graduate students will receive a stipend of $1090.00 per week for the ten-week program (not to exceed $10,900.00) and a travel allowance of up to $700.00.