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SSEP: STEM Student Employment Program

SSEP: STEM Student Employment Program



Please select Port Hueneme, CA; San Diego, CA; White Sands, NM; and/or Virginia Beach, VA as your preferred location(s)


To increase your opportunity to be selected for the SSEP, we encourage you to visit us at a career fair event (virtual or in-person) and/or participate in one of our Information Sessions/Insight Nights. Please check with your university for career fair opportunities!


Application Window: Year-round


Summary: The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Student Employment Program (SSEP) was established to provide students with the opportunity to gain practical job skills while working with or under the guidance of experienced personnel. SSEP provides internships for undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students enrolled in scientific, engineering, or mathematics majors.


Program Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must provide proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Must be eligible to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • 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 2.75 or higher
  • Must remain in a STEM course of study at an institution of higher education for the duration of the program
  • Students seeking an associate’s degree, academic criteria must be transferable to a four-year college or university, and student must intend upon completion of 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
  • Travel expenses between duty station and school may be partially funded
  • Eligible for benefits (Annual Leave and Sick Leave, 401k, Life and Health)
  • Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job


Salary Increases:

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


Work Schedules:

  • If in a multi-year internship program, students are required to be in a work status during each summer break from school until graduation, unless waived
  • Students have the option to request to work during all official breaks from school
  • The minimum internship length requirement is eight weeks full-time, or 320 hours, during the summer
  • Work schedules may be full or part-time during the academic year at the discretion of the supervisor so long as they do not interfere with academic coursework


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