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Summer Internship Opportunities

2021 Internship List

*Summer 2021 internship applications are closed*

If you have a question about a specific internship, please contact the POC listed. However, you should not email the POC to advertise yourself.  


Battelle Memorial Institute, software engineering (Columbus, OH or Chantilly, VA)

The Software Engineering intern will support Battelle's National software requirements. This group specializes in the design, development, test, and production of complex electronics and software systems. This internship will involve design and
development of software for a variety of commercial and government applications. Battelle is involved in projects from threat detection & identification to autonomy & advanced robotics and cyber trust & assurance algorithm development. Students will work with industry scientists and experts to help solve real-world computer science problems. (POC: CDR Maroon,


DDS - Defense Digital Service (DDS)

This internship will involve midshipmen working with the Defense Digital Service (DDS) in the heart of Silicon Valley, primarily applying their computer programming skills to the innovation challenges that DDS addresses. This includes examples like algorithms to control drones and swarms. The DDS’s mission is to connect with tech startups and major computer companies in Silicon Valley to find unique solutions to DoD challenges.  (POC: Assoc Prof Chambers,


DoD High Performance Computing Center (Maui, HI and Stennis Space Center, MS)

This internship will involve in-person research on High Performance Computing hardware (HPC). Scientific advances in several fields have been hampered by a lack of computing power to satisfy their heavy processing requirements. Artificial Intelligence, as an example, has recently made great advances in building intelligent systems that learn from and interact with the world. However, the state-of-the-art frequently hits a computing barrier that prevents further progress without new approaches that can utilize large parallel computation systems. The DoD has built a host of such systems, managed by the High Performance Computing program. This internship brings together USNA research with midshipmen training on state-of-the-art facilities. It introduces midshipmen to HPC research and DoD capabilities. Target midshipmen need a strong computing background in CS or IT, but also mechanical engineering for fluid dynamics research. (POC: Assoc Prof Chambers,


Draper Labs at MIT (Cambridge, MA)

The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. (Draper Lab), is a non-profit engineering/technology research and development firm located next to the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA.  Draper Lab has a close relationship with academic research at MIT, as well as a very close relationship with the United States Navy.  For decades, technology developed by Draper Lab has supported a variety of manned and unmanned systems operated by the Navy, including various elements of the Navy’s ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) program. Each year, USNA partners with Draper Lab to support a robust summer internship program. Midshipmen work alongside small teams of professional engineers/researchers to solve a variety of challenging, cutting-edge problems.  This work/research involves system design,  development, and testing, as well as the exploration of new/revolutionary concepts.  Midshipmen from a variety of disciplines are welcome, including CS, IT, Chemistry, Physics, and others. (POC: Capt Wikman,


Lockheed Martin, AI and HCI (Colorado Springs, CO)

This internship is with the defense contractor, Lockheed Martin. During the internship, the midshipmen will explore and improve the state of the art in artificial intelligence and human interaction, including cognitive decision aids for missile defense planning and battle management. They may also play the parts of red and blue battle planners and battle managers. Initially they will face
AI opponents. Then they will work with the AI cognitive decision aids to face human and AI opponents. Further, they may gather metrics and provide requirements and suggestions to help improve the AI/human interface and operational concepts, as well as help advance technology by working side by side with Lockheed Martin AI and human interface engineers. (POC: Assoc Prof Choi,


Los Alamos and other National Labs (New Mexico)

There are various national laboratories which are accepting midshipmen for summer internships. These labs do a wide range of research from physics, to chemistry, to computer science and artificial intelligence. Interested students should seek an internship in a research environment, working with scientists on current challenges. Lookup Los Alamos Labs and Sandia Labs for more information about these sites online. (POC: CAPT Sarmento,


Naval Reactors in DC (Navy Yard)

Naval Reactors (NAVSEA08) is the cradle to grave authority on all nuclear power for the fleet. The Prime Contracts group is the lead procurement authority for all reactor plants built and provided to the fleet, as well as all Naval Reactors Laboratories. A great deal of cost performance analysis is done to ensure the government is getting the best deal on all contracts. This internship is for a gifted Midshipman (1-2) who will aid in business analysis of billions of dollars of cost performance data spanning over 10 years. Midshipmen will be tasked with developing creative data analysis solutions, database creation, and summary delivery to senior SES in the Department of Energy. If successful, the midshipman’s individual efforts could impact billions of dollars of government contract negotiations.  (POC: CAPT Sarmento,


Naval Research Lab (DC)

The Naval Research Lab (NRL) developed a data visualization tool called SIMDIS ( that is designed to visualize time-tagged geo data. It is commonly used by test ranges to display live or reconstructed flight test events – showing where aircraft, ships, or ground vehicles were and where their antennas were pointed. NRL has recently done some field tests that now require deeper data analysis to be able to visualize where all of their sensors and antennas beams were pointing. This internship will work directly with real-world time-tagged geo data (in various formats), develop software to convert the data, and run the SIMDIS tool on it. (POC: Assoc Prof Chambers,


Navy N1

This internship will provide USNA Midshipman an opportunity to participate in the design and development of new software products (and services) in OPNAV N1’s digital transformation portfolio. Midshipmen will work within the program office executing a scaled agile framework to deliver and integrate multiple IT projects supporting the Navy’s pay and personnel systems digital transformation. Midshipmen will get real world experience with requirements development, cloud computing architectures, database design, applied cyber security, and software engineering.  (POC: CAPT Sarmento,

NOAA, HPC and Data Science (Silver Spring, MD)

This internship will involve hands-on computing projects related to current activities within NOAA. They will interact with NOAA employees from their High Performance Computing group, computational weather forecasting group, and NOAA liaisons to the Navy and Marine Corps. Midshipmen will work with NOAA engineers to learn how their computer software works, contribute code to their systems, analyze weather-related datasets in a software environment, and learn how NOAA contributes to the Navy mission. (POC: CDR Maroon,


Rebellion Defense

Rebellion Defense is a private company that focuses on supporting DoD projects, especially in the area of Machine Learning. They currently have three major initiatives in this area. Midshipmen will work with project team members, contributing both code and design ideas, as well as interacting with project customers. Midshipmen will gain insights into cutting-edge technologies in Data Science, Software Engineering, Cloud Computing, Web Development, and Agile Design.  (POC: CDR Maroon,


Trivalent/Cyber Reliant - Cyber Reliant Corp

Cyber Reliant (dba Cyber Reliant) is a local software company with a startup culture and multiple government and industrial contracts, specializing in data security and data protection. Engineers at the company work closely with DoD customers to develop cutting-edge solutions to modern data security problems, protecting Data at Rest and Data in Transit from threats such as ransomware, hacking, eavesdroppers, and malware threats. (POC: Capt Wikman,

Government Agencies
Many government agencies provide funded summer internships. Below are some of the major internships, and most of these agencies will provide internships for CS/IT students during the upcoming summer. Check with the department for an up to date list. There are often other opportunities that aren't listed here.

To be considered for one of the CS internships, you must:

  • Be a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy
  • Be academically satisfactory
  • Have a cumulative QPR of 3.0 or higher
  • Be current with all cruise/summer training requirements

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