HOW TO APPLY
WHERE TO APPLY
The Department of the Navy uses a fully automated process to fill its permanent positions.
You can apply online through USAJOBS available 24/7.
U.S. CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED
NIWC Pacific employees are required to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
Some positions may also require a candidate to successfully complete a pre-employment physical and/or drug test.
Designated positions are subject to random drug testing.
The Department of the Navy recognizes that a healthy science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is a priority. Numerous programs exist for exceptional high school students and college (undergrad and graduate) students with an interest in a future career in the STEM fields. The goal is to build skills and STEM confidence through hands-on learning activities that incorporate naval-relevant content.
Current High School Students
Current College Students
(Graduate and Undergrads)
Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)
SEAP is an eight-week, paid summer internship for current high school students.
Participants gain real-world, hands-on experience and research skills while being introduced to the Navy science and technology environment.
Sea Cadet Marine Mammals Program
Each winter, Sea Cadets from around the country are selected to participate in a two-week internship program at the Navy Marine Mammal Program through a competitive process. Currently the only opportunity that exists for high school students is through the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)
NREIP is a ten-week, paid summer internship for current undergraduate and graduate students. Participants gain real-world, hands-on experience and research skills while being introduced to the Navy science and technology environment.
Technical Student Services Contract
The Technical Student Services Contract brings college students onboard to work on technical tasks at the Point Loma laboratories.
Students are hired from ANY college or university by the SDSU Research Foundation to perform a variety of technical and analytical tasks in the laboratory setting at NIWC Pacific. Applicants can be freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and grad students.
The task job ads will list the technical majors needed, such as electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, physics, math, biology, marine sciences, psychology, etc. These tasks can operate year-round.
Students can see the jobs advertising and apply on the SDSURF site sponsored by SDSU.
To Search, select:
[All jobs] – [Student] – [US-San Diego]
SMART Scholarship for Service
The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing technical degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD facilities.
The Animal Care and Training Internship with the Navy Marine Mammal Program is designed to give sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students a dynamic educational experience in the marine mammal field while offering valuable career experience. Students are responsible for a number of support tasks with dolphins and sea lions throughout the course of the internship.
The internship is a 40-hours per week, 16-week commitment.
The New Professionals (NP) program is a two-year career development opportunity designed to bridge the gap between formal academic training and professional work. Welcomed and mentored in a diverse environment, you will have opportunities to network and develop your technical and professional skills. The NP Program employs scientists and engineers who hold B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in a variety of fields, including Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and other technical disciplines.
Submit your resume, transcripts for all college coursework completed (unofficial are sufficient) and two references to
Include NEW PROFESSIONAL, DEGREE LEVEL in the Subject Line.
Please ensure all transcripts you submit are legible (pdf format preferred).
For more information see:
Mammals Veterinary Externship
For students in their fourth year of veterinary school, the Veterinary Medical Externship provides a comprehensive look at the Marine Mammal Program.