NUWC Keyport Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport


Keyport, WA


Kristin Muhleman -

Operating Status Summer 2023:


Student Requirements:

Students must be U.S. citizens and have the ability to obtain a security clearance.


NUWC Keyport provides advanced technical capabilities for test and evaluation, in-service engineering, maintenance and industrial base support, fleet material readiness, and obsolescence management for undersea warfare.

About the Lab

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Keyport is a global network of people, facilities, and capabilities, united in all we do by a culture of innovation and a common purpose: to expand America’s dominance in the undersea domain. We deliver innovative solutions to support the warfighter of today and tomorrow. As one of two divisions of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, NUWC Keyport’s advanced technical capabilities directly support the full spectrum of Navy undersea programs.

What is unique about this lab?

NUWC Keyport has a strong connection to the fleet through its weapons production, proximity to submarine base and shipyard, and collocation with fleet operators. This provides unique opportunities for interns to see the practical implications of the work done at NUWC Keyport.

About the Internship

We are looking for undergraduate and graduate students who wish to contribute to the Navy mission while expanding their knowledge and experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a variety of STEM fields and gain experience working with our professional science and engineering experts focused on delivering emerging technology to the Fleet.

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; networking with other interns and STEM professionals; 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:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Behavioral Science
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Information Science
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Robotics
  • Systems Engineering

What will I learn as an intern at this lab?

As part of the internship, you will get hands-on experience with technically innovative projects in support of undersea weapons, unmanned vehicles and payloads, undersea warfare test and evaluation, and sustainment engineering.

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

The Test and Evaluation Department ensures Navy undersea mission effectiveness by using at-sea, land-based, and modeling and simulation T&E technologies to acquire, prototype, experiment, rapidly field, and sustain capabilities that the Warfighters and customers need.

The Undersea Weapons Department ensures delivery of weapons to the Fleet, Range, and Bunkers to dominate the fight. Projects include heavyweight torpedo intermediate maintenance activity, lightweight torpedo intermediate maintenance activity, USW weapon and combat systems depot, mine depot maintenance, and custom engineering solutions/obsolescence resolution.

The Undersea Systems and Sustainment Engineering Department provides life-cycle support of Fleet deployed systems including submarine systems, fleet training systems, and obsolescence management. Sustainment efforts mitigate the effects of obsolescence, improve reliability, and support the R&D community. Keyport provides reverse engineering, prototyping & fabrication technologies and boasts extensive capabilities in additive manufacturing, 3-D printing, sand casting, laser cladding, plasma spray, and cold spray. R&D efforts include leading methods in Data Science and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality.

The Unmanned and Theater Undersea Warfare Systems Department coordinates efforts to accelerate the Navy’s ubiquitous use of Unmanned Systems with a comprehensive suite of capabilities that sustain operational readiness and promote rapid integration of military utility into the fleet. Serves as the primary repair Depot for unmanned systems. Program responsibilities include unmanned undersea vehicles and integrated command and control warfare systems.

Interns will have the opportunity to work on challenging projects such as forecasting mechanical and electronic obsolesce, researching and designing impedance tube parameters in acoustic test facilities, design and prototyping of electronics and sensors of a training device, identifying an appropriate model for predicting acoustic cavitation, developing software applications to support underwater tracking abilities, and many more exciting research projects.