NUWC Keyport Detatchment Pearl Harbor Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport Detachment Pacific


Pearl Harbor, HI


Kristin Muhleman -

Operating Status Summer 2023:


Student Requirements:

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


To provide advanced technical capabilities for test and evaluation, in-service engineering, maintenance and industrial base support, fleet material readiness, logistics support, contracting and acquisition support, and obsolescence management for undersea warfare. Execute other responsibilities as assigned by the Commander, Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

About the Lab

Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Keyport Detachment Pacific provides advanced technical capabilities for test and evaluation (T&E), in-service engineering, maintenance and industrial base support, fleet material readiness, logistics support, contracting and acquisition support, and obsolescence management for undersea warfare. NUWC Keyport Detachment Pacific functions as Naval Sea Systems Command Undersea Warfare Center's forward presence in the Pacific for the U.S. Navy and our Allies. NUWC Keyport Detachment Pacific is headquartered on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor with engineering and technical work areas within the Pearl Harbor Complex, in Kalaeloa, at the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands Kauai and in Apra Harbor in Guam.

What is unique about this lab?

Located on historic Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, NUWC Keyport Detachment is at the center of Fleet concentration areas in Hawaii with operational sites on the island of Kauai and Guam. NREIP personnel will have the opportunity to support Fleet undersea warfare training for ships, submarines, fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft based in Hawaii and Guam, and Navy units deploying to the Western Pacific. Oahu is the only location where all military branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines) have major commands co-located with a Combatant Command (U. S. Indo-Pacific Command), and multiple Naval warfighting centers. NUWC Keyport Detachment also has operating sites co-located with the largest maritime range in the world on Kauai, enabling the NREIP intern’s exposure to other important and critical activities and agencies which could greatly influence your personal and professional growth.

About the Internship

NUWC Keyport Detachment, Ford Island is looking for bright, motivated men and women, who have an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and more importantly, would appreciate an opportunity to learn about and work directly with civilian members of the greatest Navy in the world. Our relevant products and services support Undersea Warfare (USW) system acquisition and Fleet maintenance/readiness which offer students the opportunity to work hands-on with Navy USW test and training systems; learn the operations of advanced shore-based communication and electromagnetic testing facilities that evaluate shipboard system readiness; be exposed to Fleet training methodologies, exercise reconstruction, data analysis, visualization and debrief; and become familiar with the Navy's live, virtual, constructive, modeling and simulation projects. NREIP opportunities are predominately on the island of Oahu.

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; participating at outreach events; and other professional development activities.

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

The primary fields of interest in are:

  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Propulsion Technology
  • Robotics
  • Systems Engineering

What will I learn as an intern at this lab?

NREIP interns will be able to get hands-on experience in training events and exercise reconstruct; deploy, operate, and recover underwater targets and unmanned undersea vehicles; test ships across the electromagnetic spectrum (communications, electronic warfare, magnetic fields); and conduct undersea warfare testing and training in a live virtual constructive environment.

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

USW Combat Systems & Weapon Analysis: Reconstruct USW events using all available data collected from acoustics, communications, datalinks, telemetry, and other available above water and below water instrumentation for analysis and determination on how well the weapon and/or platformed in executing its mission. Such information is vital in assessing a Fleet unit’s readiness for deployment.

Electronic Systems Test Range Operation (SESEF): The SESEF mission is to provide a real-time comparative RF and electronic warfare signal analysis for ships, verify conformance of ship’s test results with the engineering design, and determine system operational performance and readiness.

Interns may also have the opportunity to participate in other projects such as Submarine USW Systems Testing, Surface Ship USW Systems Testing, Heavyweight Torpedo Production, Underwater Target Intermediate Maintenance Activity Operation, Underwater Instrumentation Depot/Intermediate Maintenance Activity Operation, USW Sensor Calibration Range Operation (FORACS), Tactical Network Analysis Center Operation (TNAC), Surface Ship Radiated Noise Measurement (SSRNM), Shipboard Magnetic Signature Reduction Measurement and Treatment Facility Operation (MSF), Type Commander Staff Support (Sonar, AIT Coordinator), Submarine Waterfront In-Service Engineering Support (C4I, Periscope, etc.), and Engineering Support for Science & Technology (S&T) and Office of Naval Research (ONR).