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Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) is one of the eight Divisions of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Centers. We are the Navy’s principal laboratory for 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 systems support, 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 future defense.

The Student Educational Employment Program is a long-established program at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). NSWCDD offers a variety of 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.

The Student Program Office would be pleased to answer any questions you may have. You can e-mail the student programs office at, or reach us by writing to:

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren
CXPC Human Resources
ATTN: Student Programs Coordinator
17632 Dahlgren Rd, Suite 200
Dahlgren, VA 22448-5154

Thank you for your interest!

Current vacancies are open to Undergraduate Engineering and Science Majors - Opportunity for Federal Employment through DON Pathways Internship Program!!!  OPENS 10 - 28 Dec 2012

For students pursuing Graduate level degree in the disciplines below listed,
please check this website and USAJOBS periodically - vacancies will post in the near future!!

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. 

Pathways 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 detailed information on the Pathways Program please visit:

Paid Internship
Provides an opportunity to gain work experience directly related to an academic field of study
May be eligible for financial aid
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

Update - Very Important Information:
Current vacancies posted at USAJOBS

Temporary Physics/Chemistry - 803181

Permanent Physics/Chemistry - 803094

Temporary Engineering - 797604

Permanent Engineering - 797346

Temporary Computer Science/Math - 800371

Permanent computer Science/Math- 799738


For more information on Pathways Internships at NSWC Dahlgren Division click here or contact Michele Stuczynski at


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 highlights

  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • Annual stipend ranging from $25,000-$41,000 depending on prior educational experience (may be prorated depending on award length)
  • Full tuition and related educational fees
  • Book allowance of $1,000 per academic year
  • Paid summer internships
  • Mentoring
  • Employment placement after graduation
  • Health insurance reimbursement allowance of up to $1,200 per calendar year.

How to Apply

Interested students should visit the SMART website for descriptive materials and to access on-line application.   Click here for the 2011 SMART Brochure.

Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP)

NREIP provides competitive research internships to approximately 230 college students (175 undergraduate and 55 graduate) each year. Participating students spend 10 weeks researching during the summer, at one of approximately 12 Department of Navy (DoN) laboratories. 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.

Program Highlights

  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • Must be a Junior (completed sophomore year), Senior or Graduate Student
  • 10 week summer program
  • Must be enrolled at a participating university. The "Eligible Academic Institution" list can be found on the NREIP website.
  • Stipends of $7,500 for undergraduates and $10,000 for graduate students
  • No travel or relocation stipends will be provided
  • All participants are responsible for their own lodging and transportation
  • Selections will be based on academic achievement, personal statements, recommendations, and career research interests.

How to Apply

  • Click here for a copy of the NREIP information flyer for 2010-2011.
  • Interested students should visit the NREIP website for additional information and access to the on-line application. For further information on how to apply, please contact Artis Hicks at or (202)331-3558.

Science And Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP)

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.

Program Highlights

  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • 8 week summer program
  • Academic awards of at least $3000 will be provided for the eight weeks
  • Each student is responsible for transportation to and from the laboratory site
  • Selections will be made on the basis of grades, science and mathematics courses taken, scores received on national standardized tests, areas of interest, teacher recommendations and personal student statements.
  • All students selected for a summer position are notified by March of each year

How to Apply

  • Click here for a copy of the SEAP information flyer for 2011-2012.
  • Interested students should visit the SEAP website for additional information and to access the on-line application. For further information on how to apply, please contact Artis Hicks at or (202)331-3558.

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 Highlights

  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens
  • 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 January and February ONLY of each year

How to Apply

Contact the disability coordinator at your school by the first week of January, to schedule an interview. Interested students should visit the WRP website for additional information.

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