USNA United States Naval Academy


Annapolis, MD


Joseph Mcgettigan -

Operating Status Summer 2023:

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

Student Requirements:

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


The mission of the United States Naval Academy is to develop Midshipmen morally, mentally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to graduate leaders who are dedicated to a career of naval service. The Academy’s civilian faculty members give continuity and depth to the educational program and form the core of scholarship and teaching. All career civilian faculty members have doctoral degrees, and many of them are leading scholars and researchers in their fields, working in a wide range of technical areas to further develop their disciplines.

About the Lab

As the undergraduate college of our country’s naval service, the Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Originally called The Naval School, it was established on October 10, 1845, with a class of 50 midshipmen and seven professors. The curriculum included mathematics and navigation, gunnery and steam, chemistry, English, natural philosophy, and French. Congress authorized the Naval Academy to begin awarding degrees in 1933. The Academy later instituted a fixed curriculum taken by all midshipmen with the present core curriculum plus 26 major fields of study, a wide variety of elective courses and advanced study and research opportunities. Midshipmen graduate with Bachelor of Science degrees and commissions as ensigns in the Navy or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps.

What is unique about this lab?

The United States Naval Academy is an academic institution whose faculty conduct research in a wide range of technical areas, in addition to educating undergraduate midshipmen.

About the Internship

We are looking for interns with a broad education that includes some advanced STEM coursework. Opportunities are available in mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, electrical engineering, robotics and control engineering, aerospace engineering, naval architecture, ocean engineering, computer science, chemistry, physics, oceanography and mathematics.

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, networking with other interns and STEM professionals, and group mentoring sessions.

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

  • Aeronautics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Meteorology
  • Oceanography
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Programming
  • Robotics

What will I learn as an intern at this lab?

As part of the internship, you will get hands-on experience in the validation process of an analytical method that will be utilized to analyze Industrial Hygiene samples collected out in the field for specific analyte(s) of interest. Validation will include, but not be limited to, understanding the chemistry of the analyte, reagents and chemicals used, instrumentation operations, use of laboratory equipment, good laboratory practices, analytical data collection and analysis, trouble shooting, and much more.