Answers to the most commonly asked questions.

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Applications closed for 2024.
Applications open August 1, 2024 for 2025.

General Information

You may visit the Office of Naval Research's website at https://www.nre.navy.mil/

Saxman One provides support for SEAP on behalf of the Office of Naval Research.


The vast majority of participating labs require you to be a U.S. citizen to intern at their facility. However, there a few labs who will consider permanent residents. Please visit the Labs page for eligibility requirements for each lab.

Most labs only accept applications who are solely U.S. citizens. Dual citizens should consult the Labs page for eligibility requirements for each lab.

You must be at least 16 years of age on or before your internship start date to participate in the program (some labs make exceptions to the age minimum; students under 16 should consult the Labs page for eligibility requirements for each lab). Some labs require interns to be 18 years old in order to be eligible for security clearance.

To apply for SEAP, you must currently be enrolled in high school (you may be taking college level courses for college credit) and have completed grade 9 by the time of application (some labs make exceptions to the age minimum; students who have yet to complete 9th grade should consult the Labs page for eligibility requirements for each lab). You must be able to produce transcripts to validate your enrollment.

Yes. Graduating seniors are eligible for the SEAP program.

Terms of Appointment

Housing allowances are not provided. Acquiring housing for the duration of the program is the responsibility of the student. Navy host personnel and lab coordinators may be able to assist you in finding suitable housing.

Stipends are set to $4,000 for new participants, $4,500 for returning participants and are split into payments made to the student throughout the duration of their appointment. Stipends will be paid bi-weekly via direct deposit from the first day you start working at the lab.

SEAP does not provide medical/health benefits. You are responsible for your own medical/health insurance.
SEAP does not provide transportation or transportation allowances. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the lab. Students will not be reimbursed for any transportation costs.
Depending on your placement with your lab, you may be asked to travel out of state to attend meetings, conferences or site visits. Any expenses incurred as a result of work-related travel should be covered by your sponsoring lab.
Vacation time will not be approved by the lab. It is expected that all apprentices will complete eight consecutive 40-hour work weeks (excluding weeks containing holidays).
Consult your lab coordinator about their lab's sick policy.
Participants are required to work five days a week, 40 hours per week, not to exceed 320 hours over an 8-week period. Interns will only receive a stipend for the hours that they actually worked and for federal holidays.
Please refer to the Labs page to see the responsibilities for interns at each lab.
Yes, you are required to provide quad charts detailing your summer work. This will be presented during your lab's closing activities. Visit the Labs page to see the activities that you can expect to participate in.

Application Process

When the application period is open, APPLY will appear in the navigation bar above.

The summer internship application period begins each year on August 1st. If you would like updates about the program and notification of when the application period opens, please sign up for our mailing list.

The application period closes at 11:59 PM ET on November 1st of every year.

After your application is received, it is submitted to the Navy laboratory or laboratories that you selected on your application. Lab research staff reviews the application and makes a decision based on your academic background, research interests, personal statement, and recommendation.

Awards and Non-awards are typically sent out to students from December to March (following the close of the application).

You may select a maximum of three labs. For a complete list of labs, please visit the Labs page.

You will only have the option to participate at a lab that has extended an offer to you. You will not be reassigned to a new location once an award has been extended.

Your transcripts are extremely important as they are required in order to submit your application. A current copy of your transcript (official or unofficial) must be uploaded when submitting your application.

Please ensure your name, address, email and phone number are accurate and up to date. This will be used to notify you of your award status and for accessing your application and processing tax documents.

While completing your application you will be asked for your reference’s name and email address. Once the reference section of your application is complete, your reference will receive an email explaining the procedure for submitting recommendations to Saxman One. References need to be uploaded by the reference provider by November 10th at 10pm EST.

We recommend sending out recommendation requests as soon as possible to afford your references time to compose and submit a quality reference letter for you.

NOTE: These emails are automatically generated and may be blocked or labeled as spam. It is important that applicants follow up with their reference to ensure that this email is received. Only Letters of Recommendation uploaded by the references will be accepted.

It is recommended that a reference be a teacher or any person who can attest to your scientific and engineering skills and knowledge.

You will receive an automatic email once your reference has been submitted. You can also sign into the applicant portal and see the status of submission.

You can submit your application as soon as all of the required fields have been filled in. If your reference sends the letter after you have submitted, the letter will be added to your application.

You will find a description of each lab’s research areas, objectives and background by visiting the Labs page for lab details.


Saxman One will not withhold taxes from your stipend. Saxman One will provide you and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with the informational Form 1099-MISC recording the amount paid to you during the tax year. Under current laws and regulations, independent contractors are responsible for submitting quarterly estimates of income taxes to the IRS and paying the amounts due. You may have a similar liability with respect to state and/or local taxes depending upon the state and/or locality where you reside.

You are considered guest researchers and are not considered employed by either the United States Government, the Department of Defense, the US Navy, the Office of Naval Research, any ONR lab or Saxman One. If you have further tax questions, please contact the IRS, as Saxman One is prohibited from giving tax advice.