Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP)

Closes: 11:59 PM ET on 11.01.2021

Rich Experiences

Learn and contribute to DoN research

Unique Opportunities

Work with scientists and engineers


The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for high school students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.

The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating high school students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

SEAP is providing competitive research internships to 300 high school students this year. Participating students spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at 37 DoN laboratories.

How it works

SEAP places academically talented high school students with interest and ability in science and engineering as participants in Department of Navy laboratory research for eight weeks during the summer. Interns will be selected based upon academic achievement, personal statements, recommendations, and career and research interests.

Step 1

Choose Your Labs

Step 2

Apply by the Deadline
Closes: 11:59 PM ET on 11.01.2021

Step 3

Receive Lab Decisions

Step 4

Accept Your Placement

Step 5

Embark on Your Next Adventure!



  • High school students who have completed at least Grade 9
  • Must be currently enrolled in high school (but may be taking college level classes for college credit)
  • Graduating seniors are eligible to apply
  • Must be 16 years of age or older by the internship start date to participate
  • Solely U.S. Citizens (See exceptions below)


  • Some labs make exceptions for Permanent Residents and Dual Citizens. Students should check individual lab pages for eligibility

Duration & Stipend

The internship has a duration of eight weeks (with the possibility of extending up to two additional weeks). Stipend levels will be determined by the student's years of participation in SEAP and will be paid bi-weekly via direct deposit. Stipends are as follows:

  • New participant: $3,500
  • Returning participant: $4,000