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This Position is located in the Combat Direction Systems Activity (CDSA) Dam Neck, Virginia Beach, VA.

CDSA Dam Neck provides research, development, test and evaluation, analysis, systems engineering, integration, and certification of complex naval systems associated with surface warfare and strategic combat and weapons systems.   We are the only NAVSEA Warfare Center located in a major fleet concentration area, which enables us to leverage our unique laboratories and facilities for training and capability development.  Our employees work with and support vessels such as aircraft carriers, submarines, small crafts, and minesweepers, as well as provide engineering for unmanned aerial, land, and sea vehicles.  Our work is focused on providing engineering, acquisition, and logistical support to Navy, Special Warfare, Coalition, and Joint Forces.

This is a student internship appointment.  Upon completion of requirements for graduation and successful completion of the internship, the appointee may become eligible for non-competitive conversion, at the agency’s discretion, to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.

Positions may be in any of the following disciplines:

Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.


The purpose of the Pathways Intern Program is a work experience that provides an opportunity for college students to pursue work that is relevant and beneficial to their academic studies.  Work assignments are designed to assist the trainee who has a basic or advanced knowledge of engineering concepts and technology.  Trainee adopts theory and/or good engineering practices to the assignments and justifies the approach taken, methodology, and conclusions to other members of the team or the supervisor.  Assignments are part of a project and may involve developing information from a variety of sources.  At the ND-02 level, trainee will be expected to carry out assignments recognizing problem areas and following instructions on how to resolve problems.

The program is an excellent opportunity for college undergraduate students to get an interesting, real-world experience in the field of engineering while contributing to the defense of our nation.

CDSA Dam Neck is located on the Atlantic Ocean, just a few miles south of the boardwalk and resort area of Virginia Beach, VA.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Minimal travel required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses and/or recruitment incentives may or may not be authorized.