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Science and Engineering Apprentice Program

Submission Dates

The online application period opens every summer (specific dates may be found at

Program Description

The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP) places academically talented high school students with interest and ability in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as apprentices in Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories for eight weeks during the summer. There are more than 25 Navy laboratories across the country currently participating in the Navy SEAP program. While working closely with research personnel, who act as mentors, the students will experience scientific and engineering practice not available in their school environment. The program offers students a unique and positive experience in their fields of interest and encourages them to pursue STEM related careers. Exposure to the science and engineering activities at DoD laboratories may also encourage a positive image toward the defense community and foster an interest in future employment as a researcher within the DoD. Participation in this program also helps these students serve as positive role models for their peers by encouraging other students to take more science and math courses.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens. In some laboratories, a security clearance is required. For more information please visit


  • First-Year Interns: $3,500
  • Returning Interns: $4,000

Each student is responsible for transportation to and from the laboratory site.


Students will be selected on the basis of grades, science and mathematics courses taken, scores on national standardized tests, areas of interest, teacher recommendations and personal student statement.

ONR Program Manager: Dr. Reginald G. Williams
Point of contact:
Dr. Kristen Mitchell

For more information, please visit