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Volunteer Student Service Program

The purpose of the Volunteer Student Service (VSS) Program is to provide educational experience for selected students, and to provide NPS with increased student volunteers who are able to contribute to the mission of NPS, while learning about the role of NPS in education and research in support of national security. Learn more about the VSS Program here. 


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 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).

The weeklong camp was offered by the Lyceum of Monterey County, a local non-profit organization, in partnership with Hartnell College. The camp, “Cyber Adventurers – The Magic and Beauty of Computer Science” was a pilot program offered to 20 8th graders from four Salinas, Calif., middle schools. The interns, who facilitated the activities and mentored the younger students, were part of the Community College Catalyst (3C) Program, through which Hartnell College students work in NPS STEM research labs each summer. For the past eight weeks, their work at NPS has focused on networks and computer security.


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