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Student Opportunities at Port Hueneme Division

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) is committed to hiring the best people we can find.  Recognizing the need to be proactive in attracting and grooming young professionals, NSWC PHD is providing the following general information for individuals ranging from High School students to professionals looking for a new career opportunity. 


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Summer Internships with the Office of Naval Research (ONR)


Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) - ONR Internship for College Students

College:  http://nreip.asee.org/

Program Description:

This 10-week internship 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.

Eligibility Requirement:

  • U.S. citizen (Permanent resident alien status considered at some labs)
  • Sophomore, junior, senior or graduate students 
  • Enrolled at a participating university (list found at http://nreip.asee.org)

All majors relevant to the research interests of the laboratories (lab descriptions found at http://nreip.asee.org)


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

Please select Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme as the candidate's preferred host laboratory.

For more information please visit http://nreip.asee.org


Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) - ONR Internships for High School students

High School:  https://seap.asee.org

The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) places academically talented high school students with interest and ability in science and mathematics as apprentices in Department of Defense laboratories for eight weeks during the summer. These students work with scientists and engineers who act as mentors. The program offers students a unique and positive experience in their fields of interest, thus encouraging them to pursue careers in science and engineering. There are over 35 Navy and Army laboratories currently participating in the program.

Please select the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme as the candidate's preferred host laboratory.

For more information please visit https://seap.asee.org


Undergraduate / Graduate Students Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART)

SMART Website:  https://smartscholarshipprod.service-now.com/smart?id=smart_index

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DOD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DOD facilities.

Program Highlights:

This is a summer program for college students pursuing a bachelors or master's degree. The students receive a full scholarship from DOD, including living expenses, tuition and fees, and commit to working at NSWC Port Hueneme Division upon completion of degree. DOD pays the full scholarship plus stipend during the full time summer internship at NSWC Port Hueneme Division.


  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen
  • A student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as calculated by the SMART application)
  • Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the website
  • Applicants must be willing to accept post-graduate employment with NSWC Port Hueneme Division
  • Applicants must be able to obtain an interim security clearance.

How to Apply:

For more information  concerning this program and application guidelines, please visit: https://smartscholarshipprod.service-now.com/smart?id=smart_index


NAVSEA Scholars Program

Scholarship Description and Purpose

NAVSEA, in partnership with the Office of Naval Research HBCU/Minority Institutions Program Office, developed the NAVSEA Scholarship to reach out the next generation of scientists and engineers. As tuition, cost of living, and other related college expenses continue to rise, NAVSEA’s Scholars Program help students focus on academics instead of mounting financial debt.

The NAVSEA Scholars Program consists of two parts:

1) A one-time $10,000 scholarship awarded freshman year of college, and
2) A student employment opportunity through the NAVSEA Student Employment Program, to provide valuable technical work experience and tuition assistance for the remainder of school.

The NAVSEA Scholarship is awarded to outstanding incoming college freshmen (i.e. graduating high school seniors) intending to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Scholars must be accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at a Hispanic-Serving Institution, exhibit exemplary scholastic attitude, maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher, demonstrate financial need, and are civically engaged.

Scholarship recipients will receive support for tuition and books and be given an opportunity to sign up for, and be hired into, the NAVSEA Student Employment Program. Work at a NAVSEA Field Command or Headquarters will begin the summer following the freshman year. This extraordinary career opportunity provides a higher rate of scholarship, technical summer work experience, initiation of government service and security clearance, mentorship from a NAVSEA scientist or engineer, and a graduation employment agreement.

The NAVSEA Scholars Program is an excellent opportunity to gain quality experience with financial assistance while in school, as well as create a direct route for future employment after graduation.

Freshman Scholarship and Student Employment Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must pursue a field of study in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline that is related to the needs of the NAVSEA workforce

Must be accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking freshmen student at a Hispanic-Serving Institution with an engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Student Plan

Freshman Year:

Scholars are selected through Great Minds in STEM and awarded a one-time scholarship, which is directly presented to the institution to apply against the student’s financial aid, tuition and fees, according to institutional financial aid policies.

A NAVSEA representative will regularly supply student with program information, tuition or technical assistance, and facilitation of summer student employment.

In the spring, students are expected to sign up for the NAVSEA Student Employment Program in order to continue receiving tuition assistance and begin technical work experience. Employment may begin the summer following freshman year.

Sophomore Year – Graduation:

Students are supplied information and are given the opportunity to enroll as a student employee at one of the sixteen NAVSEA Field Commands or Headquarters.

This program allows students to blend academic study and work experience to better prepare for their future. NAVSEA’s 12 Warfare Centers and 4 Shipyards provide exceptional opportunities to apply engineering skills to invent, develop, and test combat systems, and work on the most complex naval machinery and technology. Student employees are assigned mentors who are professional scientists or engineers to guide the student through their assigned duties. This hands-on experience not only helps student develop a real-world understanding of engineering principles, but also contributes to the critical defense of our nation.

The Student Employment Program is designed to prepare students for placement into a permanent position in the Federal government. Student employees receive up to $15K in tuition and books support, as well as a competitive salary with benefits during their work experience. Students who successfully complete all academic and work requirements may be considered for conversion to a permanent fulltime Federal position after graduation. Students who commit to the NAVSEA Student Employment Program and are offered fulltime employment after graduation will be obligated to work one year for every year they received tuition assistance while in school.

Student Employment is an excellent opportunity for college undergraduate students to obtain an interesting, real-world experience in the fields of science and engineering while contributing to the defense of our nation.


How Do I Apply?
For career opportunities, email your resume to: prth.navsea.recruit@navy.mil

US Mail:
Commanding Officer
NSWC Port Hueneme Division
ATTN Recruitment Coordinator
4363 Missile Way
Port Hueneme, CA 93043-4307