STEM Programs

Naval Science Awards Program

The Naval Science Awards Program (NSAP) is a Navy and Marine Corps program that encourages students to develop and retain an interest in STEM. NSAP recognizes the accomplishments of eligible students at regional and state science and engineering fairs and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in producing quality science and engineering projects. 

Military Branch or Component: 
Navy

NRC Research Associateship Programs

The NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. In the NRC Research Associateship Programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among a large group of research opportunities available. Prior to completing an application, prospective applicants should contact the rsearch adviser listed with the selected research opportunity(ies) to assure that funding will be available if the application is recommended by NRC Research Associateship Programs panels. Open to post docs.

Military Branch or Component: 
Air Force
Location: 
Nationwide

Office of Inspector General Summer Intern Program

The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Summer Intern Program offers the opportunity for training and experience in auditing multiple disciplines (e.g., program performance, cybersecurity and financial statements). The OIG Summer Internship offers full-time paid internships for undergraduate and master’s degree students each year. It is a 12-week program that gives rising college seniors or graduate level students a wide variety of opportunities to be agents for change, analyze operations for efficiency and effectiveness and deliver results to our customers to reduce program costs and provide value to NSA and the US taxpayer.

Military Branch or Component: 
NSA

Office of Reasonable Accommodations and Accessibility Intern Program (ORAA)

The NSA Office of Reasonable Accommodations and Accessibility (ORAA) Intern Program has several intense and exciting 12-week internships open to select master’s level counseling students and also select masters and bachelor level sign language interpreting students. Positions available for the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. Interns will gain practical experience within workplace accommodations and will gain a broad understanding of the reasonable accommodation process and implementation by working alongside experienced sign language interpreters and reasonable accommodation experts.

Military Branch or Component: 
NSA

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) gives high school students an opportunity to participate for eight-weeks in a paid summer research project at various Department of Navy laboratories. Students gain realworld, hands-on experience and research skills while being exposed to DoD science and technology.

Military Branch or Component: 
Army, Navy

Security & Counterintelligence Summer Intern Program (SCSIP)

The Security & Counterintelligence Summer Intern Program (SCSIP) brings college students into the Security and Counterintelligence (S&CI) world for internships during the summer(s) between their sophomore to senior years. This program permits summer interns to actively participate in or support ongoing S&CI mission activities in areas such as personnel security investigations, security clearance adjudications, physical security and access control, antiterrorism/force protection, and/or counterintelligence programs. S&CI interns will work directly under the guidance of veteran security professionals responsible for protecting NSA personnel, facilities and operations worldwide and, in the process, gain an understanding of how the S&CI Directorate supports and interacts with the larger NSA/CSS enterprise and counterpart organizations across the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense.

Military Branch or Component: 
NSA

Signals Intelligence Collection Program (SICP)

NSA’s Signals Intelligence Collection Program (SICP) provides thriving, TS/SCI-cleared college students the opportunity to support the SIGINT service as a salaried intern during the summer following their freshmen, sophomore, and/or junior years. The SICP has traditionally selected college students pursuing computer science-related degrees who completed projects involving the development and production of tools, software applications and/or hardware. The SICP now also looks for students who are savvy with a computer but are not overly focused on a technical curriculum and can apply their learning and skills that assist in technical development. Students also leverage those skills to support the development of collection strategies across a vast architecture, implement mission targeting and lawful compliance, manage collection tasks and understand critical mission data flows. All of this work is done in response to high priority national and tactical foreign intelligence requirements.

Military Branch or Component: 
NSA

SMART Scholarship for Service

The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program was established as a concentrated effort to enhance the Department of Defense (DoD) workforce with talented, innovative and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers. For over a decade, SMART Scholars have been working within labs and agencies of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Additional DoD to support the warfighter and create an impact to secure our nation.

SMART Scholars enter the program to pursue their education in some of the leading STEM fields currently in high demand by the United States Government. The program offers scholarships for bachelors, masters and PhD students pursuing STEM. While in school, students will receive full tuition, monthly stipends, health insurance and book allowances, as well as summer internships that range from 8 to 12 weeks. Upon degree completion, scholars begin working in a civilian position with their sponsoring facility. The internships and work experience allow scholars the opportunity to learn from the greatest minds in STEM and defense. Not only do scholars pursue their passions in their respective field during their educational phase, but they begin a journey towards an empowering career to protect national security.

Military Branch or Component: 
All Services

Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education

Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) Student Research Program provides research internships for undergraduate and graduate science and engineering students. Students work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at either the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) or the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

Military Branch or Component: 
Air Force
Location: 
Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program, formerly known as the Undergraduate Training Program, facilitates the recruitment of individuals, particularly minority high school students, who have demonstrated skills critical to NSA. Stokes is open to high school seniors planning on majoring in computer science or computer/electrical engineering.

As an NSA employee with the Stokes Program, you will attend college full-time, receive up to $30,000 per year for tuition and mandatory fees, and work during the summers at NSA for 12 weeks in areas that are related to your course of study. You'll acquire real-world experience and receive a year-round salary. You must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter in the freshman year and a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter after the freshman year. If selected as a program participant, you are required to work in your area of study for NSA after your college graduation for at least one-and-one-half times the length of study. If you leave NSA employment earlier, you must reimburse the government for your tuition.

Military Branch or Component: 
NSA