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Naval Research Laboratory HBCU/MI Internship Program

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Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Internship Program for HBCU/MI Students

The Washington Center has partnered with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to encourage promising young minority students to pursue careers in scientific research by providing them with an introduction to professional laboratory research and the opportunity to perform “hands-on” work at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC.


The interdisciplinary research performed at NRL gives interns exposure to a variety of fields including materials science and engineering, chemical and biochemical engineering, aerospace engineering, physics, synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, computer science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering.



Research interns are active participants in major research programs at the NRL. They will conduct “hands-on” laboratory research using state-of-the-art equipment, working a minimum of 40 hours per week under the guidance of senior NRL staff.


Each intern will be assigned a mentor who will provide a 10-week planned research outline of assignments and expectations. In addition to conducting scientific research, the interns are provided the opportunity to attend scientific and skill-set seminars on topics including laboratory safety, ethics in science and engineering, graduate school site visits, job-search and interviewing skills and resume writing. These and other weekend activities are arranged by Program Directors to promote team building and networking among peers.


A paid stipend, travel and housing accommodations are provided, if needed, through the program. Click here for more information.


Eligibility Requirements

Internships are awarded competitively to students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate training in science, mathematics or engineering.


Candidates must be:

  • U.S. citizens or have permanent residency.
  • Fluent in English.
  • Enrolled at a Historically Black College or University, Minority Serving Institution or Tribal College or University.

Preference is given to students planning careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.This program is not intended for pre-meds.


Prior laboratory experience is desirable.

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