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Summer Internship Program

Program Summary

Midshipman summer internships are external assignments, subject to the approval of the Superintendent, which educate and inspire midshipmen by broadening their scholarship and leadership experiences, developing their critical thinking skills, and deepening their appreciation for practical applications of their academic studies.  These assignments range in duration from four to six weeks, and involve meaningful work conducted external to the Naval Academy, within federal government offices, laboratories, and centers, military units, academic institutions, and private industry locations.  Faculty sponsors and internship hosts work together to provide a project-based learning experience which will help midshipmen develop into technically proficient, innovative, and articulate leaders.

Faculty sponsors submit proposed internships for screening by a review panel in the Fall.  Approved internships are advertised to the Brigade in December through February, and selections are firmed up by Spring Break in March.

Eligibility is determined by the USNA faculty sponsor and the internship host.  Most internships are geared toward rising 2/C and 1/C midshipmen, due to desires of the host or prerequisites specified by faculty sponsors.  A small number of internships will be open to rising 3/C midshipmen who have strong course validation records and are ahead in their matrices.  Faculty sponsors select best qualified midshipmen based on:

  • Performance in relevant courses
  • Overall academic performance
  • Professional performance
  • Conduct record

Questions regarding the internship program may be directed to CDR Mike Sanders, mhsander@usna.edu

For current internships, please fill out the 2018 AAR.

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