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Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) is one of the nine Divisions of the Naval Surface Warfare Center. The Division has two main locations, Dahlgren, Virginia and Virginia Beach, VA. NSWCDD is the Navy’s principal research, development, and test and evaluation for surface ship combat systems. We perform warfare analysis, research, design, development, systems integration, strategic missile systems support, special and amphibious warfare and fleet engineering services. As one of the lead laboratories for the Navy, our civilian scientists and engineers take on demanding research and development programs. They explore beyond the known boundaries of technology to design the nation’s defenses for the next century.

The Dahlgren site is located approximately 55 miles south of Washington, D.C., 60 miles north of Richmond, VA, and 23 miles east of Fredericksburg, VA, between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers in Dahlgren, VA.

The Dam Neck site is located on Virginia Beach's Atlantic shore, near the site where the Jamestown settlers first landed.

Student Opportunities NSWCDD offers a variety of student programs that provide a valuable work experience in the real-world of science and engineering. The students range from high school, to full-time college students. The blend of academic study and work experience available through these programs has many potential benefits.

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DON Pathways Internship Program

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) anticipates recruiting for summer 2015 to begin late Oct 2014.

What is the Pathway Intern Program?

The program was established to provide interns with exposure to public service, enhance educational experience, and possibly provide financial aid to support educational goals. The program is formally structured to give the interns the opportunity to work in positions related to their academic/career goals. Within 120 calendar days after completing educational requirements and the program requirements of Pathways, the employing agency may non-competitively convert an intern to a career/career-conditional or term appointment. For more detailed information on the Pathways Program.

Qualifying Requirements

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student pursuing an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Graduate degree
  • For all engineering majors, must be enrolled at a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
  • Must be taking at least a half-time academic course load as defined by the school in which you attend
  • Must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Program Highlights

  • Paid Internship
  • Provides an opportunity to gain work experience directly related to an academic field of study
  • May be eligible for tuition assistance (50% Tuition only paid and $400 book allowance per semester)
  • May be eligible for benefits (401k, Life and Health)
  • Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service
Salary Ranges (based on 2014 pay) Dahlgren, VA location Virginia Beach, VA location
Current undergraduate Intern – salary is based on semester hours completed $31,600 to $44,745 $29,041 to $41,122
Interns with Bachelor’s degree $61,377 $56,406
Interns with Master’s degree $67,787 $62,297

How do I apply?

When you apply you will need to go to and use “Pathways” as your Keyword and enter your desired location (“Dahlgren, Virginia” or “Virginia Beach, Virginia”). This search criterion will pull up all Pathways announcements in the desired geographic location entered. Please note, there may be multiple federal activities in a given location. The agency for NSWC Dahlgren and CDSA Dam Neck should say “Naval Sea Systems Command”

The Pathways program offers multiple vacancy opportunities in the following disciplines:

Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry


For additional information on student programs at NSWCDD, please send your questions to

Science, Mathematics, And Research For Transformation Defense Scholarship For Service Program (SMART)

The Department of Defense (DoD) is proud to offer scholarships to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for training in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) fields. The DoD also offers career opportunities for students to continue their research as civilian employees at a DoD laboratory after graduation.

Program Requirement

  • Must be a U.S. citizen at time of application
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD
  • A student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the SMART website

Program Highlights

  • Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  • Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
  • Paid summer internships
  • Health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
  • Book allowance of $1,000 per academic year
  • Mentoring
  • Employment placement after graduation

How to Apply

Interested students should visit the SMART website for details and to access the on-line application.

Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP)

Online Application opens October 2, 2014 through 19 December 2014

This ten-week intern program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in research, under the guidance of an appropriate research mentor, at a participating Navy laboratory.

The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

NREIP provides competitive research internships to approximately 275 college students (200 undergraduate students and 75 graduate students) each year. Participating students spend ten weeks during the summer conducting research at approximately 29 DoN laboratories.

Evaluation Criteria

NREIP interns will be selected based upon academic achievement, personal statements, recommendation, and career & research interests

Program Requirement

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Students graduating in the Spring 2015 semester are eligible to apply. If you expect to graduate by Fall 2014, unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply
  • Students must be Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or a Graduate students to apply. Eligibility is determined by your class standing in the Fall of 2015. Therefore, if you will be considered a Sophomore by the Fall 2015, you are eligible to apply

Program Highlights

  • 10 week summer program
  • Sophomores receive $5,400.00
  • Juniors and Seniors receive $8,100.00
  • Graduate students will receive $10,800.00

How to Apply

Interested students should visit the NREIP website for details and to access the on-line application.

Science And Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP)

Online Application opens 2 October 2014 through 19 December 2014

Program Dates for summer 2015 – 22 June 2015 through 14 August 2015
The Department of Defense sponsored summer Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) can provide invaluable experience and exposure to the world of scientific research. The program offers apprenticeships for high school students who are U.S. citizens interested in science and engineering. The students are assigned to a participating laboratory to pursue scientific experiences with a scientist or engineer who serves as a mentor to the apprentice for eight continuous summer weeks.

SEAP provided competitive research internships to over 265 high school students this year. Participating students spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at 25 DoN laboratories.

Program Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • High school students who have completed at least Grade 9. A graduating senior is eligible to apply

Program Highlights

  • 8 week summer program (22 June through 14 August 2015)
  • Returning students receive a $3,800 stipend
  • New students receive a $3,300 stipend
  • Depending on the research topic a 15 year old may be considered at this lab
  • Each student must secure their own transportation. Due to the secure nature of the Naval Facility, individuals without access will not be permitted on base. Therefore, students must be able to drive themselves or carpool to work with someone with base access.
  • Students are encouraged to take advantage of the "Interests" section of the SEAP application. This field allows you to specify your areas of interest within science and/or engineering

How to Apply

Interested students should visit the SEAP website for details and to access the on-line application.

DoD Workforce Recruitment Program For College Students With Disabilities (WRP)

Coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Department of Defense, the WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers with highly motivated postsecondary students with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

Program Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be a current, full-time ungraduated or graduate student with a disability
  • Individuals who have graduated within one year of the release of the database each December, are also eligible to apply
  • MUST provide appropriate documentation to demonstrate Schedule A eligibility. For information regarding Schedule A:

Program Highlights

  • 14 week summer program
  • Program begins May and must end no later than 30 September
  • Paid salary based on completion of academic semester hours and work experience at the time of the job offer
  • Interviewing takes place Fall of each year

How to Apply

Contact the disability services or career services coordinator at your school, and ask them to contact the WRP Coordinator at Please understand that we work directly with college coordinators, and cannot respond to inquiries from individuals.

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