Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)

NREIP places academically talented college and graduate students with interest and ability in science and engineering as participants in Department of Navy laboratory research for ten weeks during the summer. Interns will be selected based upon academic achievement, personal statements, recommendations, and career and research interests.

NREIP gives academically talented college students, graduating seniors, and graduate students pursuing STEM careers the opportunity to learn about Naval research and technology while receiving first-class mentoring by top scientists and engineers.

NREIP is a competitive program with over 800 placements in 51 laboratories around the country in which many participants go on to careers within the DoN. Interns are selected based upon academic achievement, personal statements, recommendations, and career and research interests.


Applicants must be:

  • Enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college or university (See below for exceptions)
  • Solely U.S. Citizens (See exceptions below)
  • On track to acquire a minimum of 31 credits by the start of the internship (Eligibility will be determined by the number of credits accrued by the end of the Spring semester before the internship start date)
  • Students graduating the spring semester before the internship or later (Winter graduates are not eligible)
  • Applicants should have demonstrated interest in subjects of study that are relevant to the research conducted by one or more of the laboratories in the program


  • Students attending two-year colleges in relevant majors and who meet the credit requirements may be eligible at the laboratory’s discretion. Those students should directly contact the laboratory of interest to determine eligibility
  • Some labs make exceptions for Permanent Residents and Dual Citizens. Students should check individual lab pages for eligibility
  • High school students taking college courses are not eligible but are invited to apply to our SEAP program


The internship has a duration of ten weeks (with the possibility of extending up to four additional weeks). Stipend levels will be determined by the student’s years of participation in the NREIP program. Stipends will be paid bi-weekly via direct deposit. Stipends are as follows:

  • New undergraduate student participants: $7,500
  • Returning undergraduate students (students MUST have completed a full 10-week program in a prior year to receive this level): $9,000
  • Graduate students (students must currently be in graduate school and taking graduate school courses to receive this level): $11,500