NIWC Pacific Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific



Honolulu, Hi

Philadelphia, PA

San Diego, CA


Neal Miyake

Honolulu, Hi
Neal Miyake

Philadelphia, PA
Brett Patterson

San Diego, CA
TeKali Arnold

Operating Status Summer 2023:

Internships may be on-site, hybrid or virtual.

Student Requirements:

Students must be solely U.S. citizens and have the ability to obtain a security clearance. (Permanent residents and dual citizens are not eligible.)

About the Lab

NIWC Pacific is the Navy’s premier research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) laboratory for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR), Cyber and Space. Our laboratory settings, test beds and simulated operational environments offer working environments unachievable elsewhere. We deliver integrated C4ISR, Cyber and Space solutions to our nation’s warfighters - integrating forces, platforms, and functions into coordinated operational capabilities. Programs in navigation and applied sciences, environmental quality technology and assessment, marine mammals, robotics and physical security complement our primary C4ISR, Cyber and Space focus. Our scientists and engineers rank among the nation’s best inventors, innovators, and integrators in a wide range of scientific disciplines. Our business is C4ISR, Cyber and Space; we provide the information technology resources essential to the U.S. warfighter in today's increasingly complex, increasingly hostile world. In the development of these technologies, we are contributing substantially to the achievement of the future vision of the Department of Defense and particularly of the Navy.

About the Internship

Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific (NIWC Pacific), San Diego is looking for bright, motivated young men and women, who have an interest in cyber, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Summer interns are provided with an environment that will foster their creativity, help them develop a problem-solving mindset, and give them the opportunity to participate in meaningful technical research. Additionally, they will gain experience in a professional workplace that specializes in STEM careers. As part of the internship experience, students are required to complete work on a project and/or experiment under the guidance of their mentor based on the mentor’s research/project focus; projects vary year to year. Students get to showcase their findings and results by developing and presenting a technical poster.

What will I do any given day as an intern at this lab?

Interns participate in lab functions in a number of ways including (but not limited to) assisting mentors with guided research projects; job and project shadowing with professional researchers; attending technical meetings; touring labs; and other professional development activities.

What majors and disciplines are a good fit for interning at this lab?

The primary fields of interest are:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aeronautics
  • Applied Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cryptology
  • Data Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Information Sciences
  • Lasers/Optics
  • Machine Learning
  • Material Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Naval Engineering
  • Neuroscience
  • Ocean and Marine Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Photonics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Robotics
  • Software Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Systems Engineering

What kinds of projects do interns at this lab participate in?

Interns are involved in a variety of projects related to command, control, and communication systems; command, control, and communication systems countermeasures; ocean surveillance systems; ocean engineering; navigation support; and integration of space communications and surveillance; among others.