NSWC Carderock Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock

Operating Status Summer 2023:

On-site (The internship will be performed entirely at the lab)

Student Requirements:

Students must be solely U.S. citizens. (Permanent residents and dual citizens are not eligible.) Students must also have their own transportation to the site.


Provide research, development, test and evaluation, analysis, acquisition support, in-service engineering, logistics and integration of surface and undersea vehicles and associated systems. Develop and apply science and technology associated with naval architecture and marine engineering, and provide support to the maritime industry. Execute other responsibilities as assigned by the Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center.

About the Lab

Carderock Division is the U.S. Navy's state-of-the-art research, engineering, modeling and test center for ships and ship systems. It is the largest, most comprehensive establishment of its kind in the world, serving a dual role in support of both our U.S. naval forces and the maritime industry. The Carderock Division consists of approximately 2,000 scientists, engineers and support personnel working in more than 40 disciplines ranging from fundamental science to applied/in-service engineering, we are the Navy's experts for maritime technology. With unique laboratories and test facilities, large-scale land-based engineering test sites, and at-sea measurement facilities throughout the United States, Carderock has been at the forefront of technologies vital to the success of the Navy and the maritime industry for more than a century.

What is unique about this lab?

Facilities include the David Taylor Model Basin, the longest towing tank facility in the Americas, where hydrodynamic evaluations are conducted on surface ships, submarines, unmanned vehicle systems, and other naval and maritime platforms. Other facilities include water tunnels for propeller R&D, other hydrodynamic flow facilities, wind tunnels, deep ocean pressure tanks, access to high-performance computers, modern materials science and testing laboratories, and environmental quality R&D laboratories.

About the Internship

We are always looking for bright, motivated future Naval Architects, Engineers, and Scientists to help us deliver innovative and creative technical solutions. Summer interns are provided the opportunity to participate in meaningful technical research, development, test and evaluation to solve real world fleet issues.

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, seminars, and conferences; group mentoring sessions; participating at outreach events; team and leadership development and workshops; touring labs; and other professional development activities.


The primary subjects of interest include:

  • Aeronautics
  • Algebra
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Geometry
  • Management/Leadership
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Oceanography
  • Organizational Development
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Programming
  • Robotics

What will I learn as an intern at this lab?

As part of the internship, students integrate into project teams to conduct research, advance mission capabilities or solve fleet issues. Students are also exposed to local research and operational commands through lab tours and site visits to broaden their understanding of the Navy's mission and future opportunities.

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

Acoustic Ship Silencing: Acoustic silencing of submarines and surface ships, reduction of sonar self-noise and target strength, sound and vibration, acoustical characteristics of structural materials, hydrodynamic noise suppression, engineered acoustic polymers, acoustical data analysis, wetted surface treatment for noise control, acoustic fields of submarine and surface vehicles, non-linear behavior in turbo machinery flow.

Vulnerability: Ship vulnerability, survivability and protection, weapons effects, damage control, combat readiness of naval vehicles and their weapons, fire-fighting sub-systems.

Environmental Quality: Ship-related environmental quality, water treatment, graywater and oily waste systems, gaseous exhausts. Biotechnology R&D including modern genetic-mapping techniques applied to bacterial population in bioreactors; bioremediation, surface science for studying adhesion of biopolymers, antibody biopatterning, etc.

Ship Systems and Logistics: Integrated logistic support (ILS), and acquisition methodologies, forecasting, artificial intelligence and robotics, unmanned vehicles, advanced ship concepts, assessments and projection of technology. Computer modeling and simulation of ships and ship systems.

Ship Hydromechanics: Resistance of ships and submarines, hydrodynamic flow characteristics around ship hulls and appendages, propeller design, ship stability and seakeeping, prediction of hydrodynamic loads, and advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

Advanced Electronics Instrumentation: New and improved instrumentation for research and full-scale applications, improved computational methods, advanced electronic devices, laser Doppler velocimeters, Laser Particle Imaging Velocimetry, fiber optic probes.

Submarine Maneuvering: Stability, control, and maneuvering characteristics; mathematical models for simulation of the motions; recovery from control surface casualties; hydrodynamic forces and moments developed on the hull, appendages, and propulsor; hydrodynamic flow measurements; and new control concepts.

Electromagnetic Signatures: Wave theory, optical and infrared measurements and theory, radar and infrared instrumentation, novel electromagnetic signature reduction materials, and image processing systems and techniques.

Survivability, Structures and Materials: Structures, materials and fabrication techniques for submarine and surface vehicles with emphasis on advanced structural concepts, numerical methods, probabilistic based design/analysis methods, structural analysis, seaway loads prediction; metals and alloys, high-strength steels; spray metal fabrication; advanced composite materials; fracture, fatigue, physical metallurgy; welding research; automated manufacturing processes; nondestructive evaluation (NDE); control of chaos, electrochemical power sources (batteries, fuel cells), ion-beam modification of materials, radiation dosimetry, magnetostrictive materials; smart materials, marine corrosion; fouling control; coatings and ship protection; high temperature ceramics; superconducting materials; fire safety and sea survival equipment, and life support technology.