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

The Washington Center has partnered with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in scientific research. Participants receive an introduction to professional laboratory research and perform hands-on work at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.

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, 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, interns will attend scientific and skill-set seminars and participate in select weekend activities arranged by Program Directors. Learn more here.

rogram Details

May 29 – August 3, 2018

Washington, D.C.


The Summer 2018 stipend amounts are as follows for the 10-week internship program:

  • Undergraduate: $8,500
  • Graduate: $10,900

Travel is provided to and from Washington, D.C., up to $700 total. Once a student is accepted into the program, Washington Center staff will work with the student to book their flight, their train or to discuss gas reimbursement if the student chooses to drive a personal vehicle.


Students who elect to stay in Washington Center-provided housing will receive a reduced stipend for the program. Interns can also elect to make independent housing accommodations.

Students choosing to live in Washington Center-provided housing will have access to a complimentary shuttle that will transport them to and from the Naval Research Laboratory each work day.

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.
  • Currently maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher.

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.

Applicants should be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, be majoring in a STEM subject, and be interested in complex laboratory work.

Interested in learning more about this transformative experience? Contact us at or 202-238-7734