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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


Scholarship + Internship + Full Time Employment Upon Graduation - Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) 

  • The SMART Program application is now open!
  • Scholars applying now, if offered an award, would start the scholarship in Fall 2020
  • Interested applicants can apply at www.smartscholarship.org
  • The application will remain open through December 3rd
  • Below are the eligibility requirements and benefits of the SMART program


  • The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and guaranteed civilian employment with the Department of Defense (DoD) upon degree completion.


  • Applicants MUST be pursuing a technical degree in one of the 21 STEM disciplines listed below.
  • Technical degrees include programs specializing in science, mathematics and engineering (as listed in the 21 approved disciplines).
  • Non-technical degrees include management, arts or humanities degrees that are not approved or funded by SMART.
  • Students pursuing technical degrees related to the following are encouraged to apply:


  1. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  2. Biosciences
  3. Biomedical Engineering
  4. Chemical Engineering
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  8. Computer and Computational Sciences and Computer Engineering
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Environmental Sciences
  11. Geosciences
  12. Industrial and Systems Engineering (technical tracks only)
  13. Information Sciences
  14. Materials Science and Engineering
  15. Mathematics
  16. Mechanical Engineering
  17. Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  18. Nuclear Engineering
  19. Oceanography
  20. Operations Research (technical tracks only)
  21. Physics


  • Eligibility Requirements:
    • a citizen of the United States
    • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2020
    • able to complete at least one summer internship at a DoD facility
    • 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
    • requesting at least 1.5 years of degree funding prior to graduation (which starts at the program start date)
    • pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the 21 disciplines listed above


  • In addition:
    • Scholarships are awarded for a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years of funding.
    • Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and have a high school diploma/GED. Current high school students are not eligible to apply.
    • Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such. If awaiting admission, you must be accepted for entrance in the fall 2020 term.
    • Students who are currently freshman or enrolled in a First Year Associate’s Program must report an ACT or SAT Reasoning Test Score. Subject tests are not required. In addition, individuals who apply during their Freshman/First Year must obtain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale during the fall academic term of their Freshman/First Year. Freshman/First Year Associate's Program applicants will be required to submit an official transcript reflecting their fall academic term grades to establish compliance with this requirement.
    • Graduate applicants must have taken the GRE and test scores must be reportable by ETS.



How Do I Apply?

For career opportunities with NSWC PHD, sign up (complete your profile and upload your resume) for our Talent Network at:

As part of the Talent Network, you will receive:

  • Alerts for new job opportunities that match your interests
  • Relevant communication and updates from our organization

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