Basic Requirements for Navy Internships  

  • Suitable for Federal employment as determined by background investigation.
  • You must obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • Must be accepted for enrollment or enrolled in school.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

Applying (online): To apply for a position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes: 

Possible Conversion to a Permanent Position:

Interns may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the program. To be eligible for conversion:

  • Be a US Citizen
  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program
  • Complete their degree or certificate requirements
  • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant’s Agreement, and
  • Perform their job successfully
    • Agencies may waive up to 320 of the required 640 hours of work for Interns who demonstrate high potential as evidenced by outstanding academic achievement and exceptional job performance.

In addition, students working in agencies through third-party intern providers may count up to 320 of the hours they work toward the 640 hour requirement.

DON Pathways Program   The Navy and Marine Corps have civilian employment opportunities for high school and college students, and recent college graduates. Internship Programs provide entry level paid opportunities for current students to explore Federal careers while completing their education.  Department of the Navy Pathways Internship opportunities are open to individuals who are accepted for enrollment or enrolled at least half time in a qualifying education institution seeking employment. For many positions, your major does not need to be directly related to the position. However for some positions, such as Engineer, your major should be directly related to the positions. The USAJOBS Job Opportunities Announcement (JOA) will provide specific guidance related to academic career goals or field of study.

Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

Deadline December 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST

SMART  The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students pursuing degrees science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Selected students receive a full academic scholarship and the opportunity to continue their research as civilian employees at a DoD laboratory after graduation.

Program Highlights:

  • Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  • Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
  • Paid summer internships
  • Health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
  • Miscellaneous Supplies Allowance of $1,000 per academic year
  • Mentoring
  • Employment placement after graduation

How to Apply: Interested students should visit the website for details and application procedures.

Applying for Jobs in the Civilian Navy

The Department of the Navy Civilian Human Resources website provides detailed information on how to apply for a civilian job.  The following steps with associated links are provided:

  1. Write a resume
  2. Register with USAJOBS
  3. Find job openings
  4. Apply
  5. After you apply
  6. Interview
  7. Offer of employment

There are specific categories for jobs including ones for students and recent graduates.    Clicking one of these links takes you to the Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates Information on hiring and applying is found here.

USA Jobs and USAJOBS STUDENTS AND GRADS: where you can find internships and jobs for students and recent grads.

Naval Acquisition Development Program (NADP) - Entry Level The Naval Acquisition Development Program provides professional development to promote the growth of entry-level professionals in finance, contracting, logistics, science and engineering. All positions are posted on the USAJOBS website. Enter "NADP" in the keyword search to be able to view each position that is currently open.

Naval Systems Command Warfare Centers (NSWC) There are 8 Surface Warfare and 2 Undersea Warfare sites across the US. They are the Navy's principal research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) assessment activity for surface ship and submarine systems and subsystems. Warfare Centers also provide depot maintenance and in-service engineering support. Information on jobs including student opportunities can be found by clicking on each of the centers.

NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command)  NAVAIR’s Pathways Internship Program has an opportunity for you to gain work experience.  Work in leading-edge defense systems, engineering, computer science, electronics, finance, and logistics. There is a link to search for jobs and apply, and one where you can leave contact information. 

NAVSEA (Naval Sea Systems)   Naval Sea Systems command workforce supports today's Navy and Marine Corps ships, aircraft, weapon systems and computer systems. The primary goal is the sailor's safety, quality of life and ability to perform his/her mission with the latest and most affordable technology.

SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command)  SPAWAR designs, develops and deploys advanced communications and information capabilities. Links for students and recent grads:  Applying: Interested candidates should submit resume to the database as a first step. If you see an open position listed on USAJobs that you're interested in, apply. The best way to get the attention of hiring managers is to submit your resume directly to SPAWAR.

Job listings can also be found at INDEED.COM: Type navy civilian in the what search box.