Department of Navy HBCU/MI Internship Program

Spend a summer doing meaningful public service work to strengthen the U.S. defense systems and making valuable connections in the Department of Navy–Naval Research Laboratory

If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student interested in research, here’s a valuable opportunity to work with world-renowned scientists and engineers in Washington, D.C. Many research projects have the potential to make a significant impact in the scientific and global community.

This immersive program will further develop your skills for a career in science, mathematics and engineering. As an intern, you’ll actively participate in state-of-the-art scientific research relevant to the Department of Defense, Department of Navy and the NRL. You’ll also engage in professional development activities including learning how to deliver effective oral presentations, preparing scientific technical reports, and participating in professional networking.

This internship program has been offered virtually since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Future internship formats will be determined by the NRL based on Federal and CDC guidelines. Should the program transition back to an in-person internship assignment, housing is provided at a reduced rate in Alexandria, VA, and roundtrip travel to Washington, D.C. is provided (if necessary).

You are a:

Undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at an HBCU, MSI, or Tribal College/University, with at least one year of undergraduate training in science, mathematics or engineering.

You'll receive:

  • $8,500 stipend as an undergraduate student
  • $10,900 stipend as a graduate student
  • Round-trip airfare and housing at a reduced rate when in-person internships resume.

You'll benefit from:

A comprehensive, multi-component program in which you’ll conduct state-of-the art research under the guidance of principle investigators at the NRL.

“This program, in my opinion, was equally if not more rewarding in its virtual format than what I experienced during the in-person program. With all the combined virtual activities from TWC, NRL, and my research itself I was exposed to so much and feel that this program has left me more well-rounded as a student and a future researcher.”

Kaylin V. Borders