Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the safety of our interns and mentors, the STEM internship programs SEAP, NREIP, 3C and CSUMB REU were cancelled for the summer 2020 and severely limited for summer 2021.

For the summer of 2022, we will continue to take every precaution to ensure the wellbeing for our interns and mentors.  This may mean limiting the number of interns, imposing age requirements, a late cancellation of the programs and/or anything else deemed necessary.  


"Today, more than ever before, science holds the key to our survival as a planet and our security and prosperity as a nation"
- President Barack Obama

As the nation’s premiere national security research university, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) produces highly-qualified graduates in disciplines critical to ensure our country’s security and superiority. Resupplying the pipeline of students who will pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers has become a legitimate concern for the Department of the Defense. NPS students and faculty have a rich history of reaching outside the gates to engage and inspire local youth interested in STEM, with the hope of nurturing the next generation of engineers, research scientists, mathematicians and computer scientists that will fulfill our nation’s promise.

STEM Interns


Researchers provide invaluable exposure to possible naval careers through hands-on learning for veteran, service academy, high school, community college, university and graduate students. Research-based student internships are offered through the Office of Naval Research, the Community College Catalyst program with Hartnell College and other local partnerships.

Faculty Outreach

NPS offers a diverse assortment of special STEM programs.  For example NPS resident astronauts; retired Navy Capt. Dan Bursch, Dr. Jim Newman and retired Navy Capt. Steve Frick visit K-12 schools.  NPS hosts “Discover NPS Day.” Over 1500 local students experienced a variety of naval research, including physics experiments, special discussions and lab tours.  NPS is a valued partner with local educational institutions and organizations. Interdisciplinary faculty groups participate in local STEM educational efforts including FIRST Robotics Competition, California State University Monterey Bay Camp Sea Life, Monterey County Science and Engineering Fair, and Monterey Peninsula College Marine Advanced Technology Education. 

NPS Interns

NPS Student Associations

The student-run National Naval Officers Association provides free one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, collaborates with a homeless youth program, and provides student scholarships. 

Lt Todd Coursey began a partnership with a local library teaching professionals on CAD software and 3D printing.  These professionals are now teaching classes with local students and adults.

Volunteer Student Service (VSS)

NPS offers unpaid opportunities through the university's Volunteer Student Service (VSS) program which aims to provide educational experience to selected students.

Contact Us

Please contact us if you are interested in any of NPS' STEM opportunities