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NREIP - Undergraduate & Graduate Students

The Office of Naval Research’s 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.

The Naval Postgraduate School hosted 25 university students during the summer of 2014.  For more information, including deadlines and application details for summer 2015, visit

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 7 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 124 interns, 95% of whom have gone on to 4-year universities to study towards a STEM degree.  There were 22 interns at the Naval Postgraduate School during the summer of 2014.  For more information on the program, visit

CSUMB  - UROC - Undergraduate Students

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) trains, supports, and engages students in undergraduate research. UROC students work on relevant and innovative research projects at regional research institutions. Their work is guided by a research mentor and is supported by extensive training in research proposal writing, presentation skills, communication skills, professionalism, and graduate school preparedness. Students are also given the opportunity to communicate their work to the academic community through presentations and publications. Taken together, these experiences prepare the students for successful academic or professional careers.

For more information on this program, visit

CSUMB - Ocean Science National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates 

NPS is a host institution as part of the NSF funded program.  During the summer of 2014 we hosted 2 undergraduates.  For more information, visit

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.

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.



NPS' participates in the National Research Council Research Associateship Program (NRC RAP) which offers graduate, postdoctoral and senior level research opportunities at federal laboratories.  For more details, visit

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.

Still in its development stage, Sanchez applied to Hartnell’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) internship program, which would place him in a research internship at a partner institution.

With funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Education and NASA, the summer internship would give Sanchez an opportunity to participate in real-world research while getting paid for his efforts.


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