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STEM Student Employment Program (SSEP)
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Student Employment Program (SSEP) provides direct hire authority for undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students enrolled in scientific, technical, engineering, or mathematics majors.  The program provides interns with exposure to public service, enhances their educational experience, and possibly provides financial aid to support their educational goals.  

Qualifying Requirements:

Must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • A degree-seeking student pursuing a Bachelor’s or Graduate level degree
  • Enrolled at a college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)     
  • Taking at least a half-time academic course load as defined by the school in which you attend
  • In good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Program Requirements:

  • Must be able to meet a 640 hour (16 week) work requirement prior to graduation.
  • Must remain in a STEM course of study for the duration of the program.
  • For students seeking an associate’s degree, academic criteria must be transferable to a four-year college or university, and student must intend to complete the associate’s degree to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a Bachelor’s degree.

Program Highlights:

  • Paid internship.
  • Provides an opportunity to gain work experience directly related to an academic field of study.
  • Eligible for tuition assistance (50% tuition and $400 book allowance per semester).
  • Eligible for federal benefits (Annual and Sick Leave, TSP, Life and Health insurance, etc.)
  • Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service.

Initial Pay Setting:  Students will be appointed at the grade/band level consistent with their academic progress and will be paid accordingly.

Salary Increases:  Students may receive pay adjustments or be promoted based on academic progress at management discretion.

Work Schedules:

  • Students are required to be in a work status during each summer break from school until graduation, unless pre-approved for an exception.
  • Students have the option to work during all official breaks from school and scheduled work rotations outside of summer breaks.
  • Each work experience must be consistent with the student’s academic studies or career goals and designed to meet the minimum work requirement of 640 hours (16 weeks).
  • It is NSWCDD policy that work schedules will not interfere with academic coursework.
  • Work schedules may be full-time or part-time at the discretion of the supervisor.

Continued Service Agreement:

  • Students who accept tuition assistance must sign NSWCDD’s Continued Service Agreement and agree to continue in service for a period equal to the length of each semester for which tuition was received.
  • The service obligation begins after support is received and after successful completion of the degree program.
  • Failure to fulfill the continued service obligation will result in having to reimburse NSWCDD for the amount of tuition that reflects the unfulfilled portion of the service agreement.
  • In the event NSWCDD is unable to convert a student due to administrative reasons (budget constraints, lack of work), the student will not be held liable for the financial assistance received and will voluntarily resign or be terminated.

Work Requirement Waiver:

Students may be evaluated, and be considered for a waiver of up to one half (320 hours) of the work requirement, if the student is unable to meet the minimum work requirement for the program.  Waiver requirement based on, if the student:

  • had a previous formal internship directly related to the mission of the Division
  • has superior academic achievement (i.e., a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better)
  • has military experience directly related to the mission of the Division, etc.

Relocation Incentive:
Students may be entitled to reimbursement of personal travel expenses and for shipment of household goods through First Duty Travel at time of conversion to a permanent position. 

Recruitment Incentive:
Students enrolled in a scientific or engineering discipline who are entering into a SSEP position on their first appointment, and their residence is located outside a 50-mile radius of their duty station. will be eligible for a recruitment incentive in the amount of $1000.

How to Apply:

Applications are accepted year-round. Interested applicants should submit their resume and transcripts to our Talent Acquisition Portal (TAP): https://navsea.recsolu.com/external/events/CY0eZOjCVr4WEkP180FZLw

In your profile please indicate which location(s) you are interested in - Dahlgren, VA or CDSA, Virginia Beach, VA. *Please note this is not an actual event.

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The Department of Navy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. The Department of the Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. Applicant who believe they require reasonable accommodation should contact us at (951) 393-5255 for assistance.