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Community College Catalyst (3C)

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 85 interns, 100% of whom have gone on to 4-year universities to study towards a STEM degree.  There will be 27 interns at the Naval Postgraduate School during the summer of 2014.  For more information on the program, visit


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.

The Naval Postgraduate School hosted 4 UROC interns during the summer of 2013.  For more information on this program, visit


The mbrace summer internship program provides an opportunity for talented networking, computer science and information technology students from Cabrillo, California State University Monterey Bay, Hartnell and Monterey Peninsula College to be placed in internships with industry and governmental organizations in the Monterey Bay region and Silicon Valley for a period of 8-12 weeks.

Summer interns work with their mentor to develop an internship plan that will guide the 8-12 week experience. The primary goal of the internship experience is to provide educational benefit to the intern, while also enabling them to make a contribution to the objectives the host organization.

Each intern is selected through a rigorous application, reference check and telephone interview process. The Naval Postgraduate School hosted 8 mbrace interns during the summer of 2013.

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. 

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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