Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) - Undergraduate & Graduate Students

The Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP), provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate university students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.

The goals of the NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

NREIP provides competitive research internships to approximately 275 college students (200 undergraduate students and 75 graduate students) each year. Participating students spend ten weeks during the summer conducting research at approximately 21 DoN laboratories.

For more information, including deadlines and application details visit the NREIP website.

Community College Catalyst (3C) - Undergraduate Students

Working with the award winning Hartnell NASA-CIPA and NSF-sponsored programs at Hartnell Community College, the Naval Postgraduate School matches undergraduate students who excel in science, technology, engineering and (STEM) disciplines with NPS research faculty for 8 weeks each summer for the past 8 years.

Hartnell Community College, a Hispanic serving institution, is among the top community colleges in the country in promoting and achieving success for its underrepresented students in the STEM disciplines.

The Naval Postgraduate School provides graduate research assistant opportunities for these community college students, providing a “kick-start” when the students transfer to a 4-year university.

There have been almost 200 interns, 95% of whom have gone on to 4-year universities to study and earn a STEM degree.

Research Participation Program (RPP) - Returning STEM @ NPS students only  

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) supports the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal agencies' mission to strengthen the nation's science education and research initiatives.

After the successful completion of one of the other STEM at NPS internship programs, returning interns may apply for further internships at NPS.  

For more information, please visit the ORISE website.

CSUMB - Ocean Science National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates

NPS is a host institution as part of the NSF funded program.


Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service STEM and MONARCH Programs - Graduate Students

NPS' Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research (CISR) works with graduate students to obtain a master's degree through the Scholarship for Service STEM and MONARCH programs. The programs provide an opportunity to obtain a graduate degree and receive a salary while studying for future civilian government positions with organizations such as the CIA, FBI, NSA, and others.

Scholarship for Service STEM Program: This program is designed for individuals with a bachelor's degree in computer science, mathematics, physics, and/or engineering.

MONARCH Program: This program is designed for anyone with a bachelor's degree in any undergraduate field that has the aptitude and desire to study computer science.

National Research Council Research Associateship Program: NPS participates in the NRC RAP which offers graduate, postdoctoral and senior level research opportunities at federal laboratories.


Student Spotlights

Student Spotlight

NPS Provides Local College Students Valuable Research Experience

Ever since he was a child, 23-year-old Rodrigo Sanchez knew he wanted to be an engineer. But as a first-generation college student with limited financial support, Sanchez didn’t know how he was going to find the resources he would need to pursue his lifelong dream. But while studying at Hartnell Community College in nearby Salinas, Calif. two years ago, Sanchez found his answer.




Student Spotlight - Local Community

NPS Interns Pay It Forward to Local Middle School Students

While the Naval Postgraduate School’s mission is to provide education and research that enhances our national security, one of the by-products has long included opportunities for young people through various internship and outreach programs. NPS summer interns recently served as mentors for Monterey County youth in a summer camp to help to grow interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).