NIWC Atlantic Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic


Charleston, SC
Hampton Roads/Norfolk, VA
New Orleans, LA

Operating Status Summer 2023:

Students will be expected to work in the following hybrid approach: Students will be required to come into the office 3 days out of the week and will be permitted to work from home (telework) the remaining 2 days if the assigned project permits them to.

Student Requirements:

Students must be a U.S. Citizen. Students must be at least 15 years of age and a current 10th grade student when applying. Students must live in the local area and have their own transportation to the site. NIWC Atlantic will permit up to one additional driver to bring students to the site if they do not drive. Students under the age of 18 should be able to pass a background check (T1 Clearance) and students who are 18 years of age should be able to obtain a security clearance (T3 Clearance).


To provide systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment and sustainment of interoperable command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cyber and information technology capabilities.

About the Lab

NIWC Atlantic is a Department of the Navy organization providing engineered systems and technologies for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C4ISR), Information Technology (IT), Information Operations (IO), Information Assurance (IA), Business IT, Enterprise Information Services (EIS) and Space Systems. We meet our nation’s demands for uninterrupted vigilance, fail-safe cyber security, adaptive response and engineering excellence by delivering secure, integrated, and innovative solutions to many Naval, Joint and National agencies.

About the Internship

NIWC Atlantic is looking for bright, motivated young men and women, 15 years and older and U.S. citizens who have an interest in engineering, math, physics, and science. As part of the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP), students at NIWC Atlantic are fully integrated into an active project under the guidance of a NIWC Atlantic engineer or scientist mentor. Interns will participate in enrichment activities to foster professional development.

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 STEM professionals and other interns; attending technical meetings, seminars, and conferences; group mentoring sessions; touring labs; participating at outreach events, team building workshops and development activities, and other professional development activities.


The primary subjects of interest include:

  • Algebra
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Calculus
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Geometry
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Programming
  • Robotics
  • Statistics and Probability

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

The Engineering Competency provides cost effective engineering solutions for the development, delivery, and sustainment of integrated, interoperable, and effective C4ISR, Business IT, and Space Systems capabilities. Through rigorous yet agile systems engineering and disciplined technical leadership, the Engineering Competency ensures there are the skilled engineering personnel to execute NIWC Atlantic programs and projects. This competency forecasts the demand (competencies, skills, workforce size, and guidance) for support to DoD, Coalition, and other agencies who seek support for systems engineering for acquisition, war fighter technical support, and the development of overarching engineering processes and best practices.

The System of Systems Engineering competency provides Systems Engineering, Architecture Development, Operations Research & Systems Analysis, Platform/Infrastructure Engineering, Installation, Integration, Interface Management, Legacy Modernization, Production and Transition for mission engineering, and ashore, afloat, expeditionary, vehicular and sub-surface platforms while maintaining process ownership for Requirements Engineering, Design, Integration, Technical Planning and Engineering Management.

The Communications and Networks competency conducts scientific and engineering activities associated with development, test, evaluation, fielding, and sustainment of assured communications and networking capabilities for the maritime, joint, national, and coalition environments. The networking areas specialize in network architectures, advanced network technologies, local area networks (wired/wireless), wide area networks, network services, mobile networks, network management, and monitoring and control for network systems for wireless and wireline technologies.

The communications areas specialize in basic and advanced communications architectures and technologies, wireless/optical communications, antenna system engineering, communication data links, radio frequency communications, including narrowband and wideband Satellite Communications (SATCOM) engineering and environmental impacts of electromagnetic propagation. A critical element of this competency is the systems engineering to enable the integration of communications and networks systems, which provides viable, integrated solutions for the customers’ mature communications and network systems.

The Data Science and Analytics competency empowers individuals to plan, design, develop and deliver innovative solutions that enables the warfighter to collect and process data into tactically relevant information and transform this information into actions that influence, disrupt or deny human and automated decision making.

The Software Engineering competency engaged in several computing-related projects. Applications & Services Engineering (ASE) builds computer software designed to interact with users to perform tasks within a specific domain and software components which provide underlying capabilities to computer applications enabling processing, communication, security and similar functions. Computing Infrastructure (CI) performs assessing, designing, implementing and administering computer systems to properly support computer/software capabilities. Software Systems Integration (SSI) focuses on amalgamating disparate computer system and software components to operate as a coordinated whole.

The Mission Assurance (MA) competency focuses on Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) from a cyber and functional context. It is where we build and employ a workforce, which supports our customers in ensuring we are providing secure capabilities, which meet their needs.