Job Overview


The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms. Department of the Navy provides competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and extensive professional development and training. From pipefitters to accountants, scientists to engineers, doctors to nurses-the careers and opportunities to make a difference are endless. Civilian careers-where purpose and patriotism unite!

NSWCDD is one of the eight Divisions of the Naval Surface Warfare Center. We are the Navy’s principal research, development, and test and evaluation for surface ship combat systems. We perform warfare analysis, research, design, development, systems integration, strategic missile systems support, special and amphibious warfare and fleet engineering services. As one of the lead laboratories for the Navy, our civilian scientists and engineers take on demanding research and development programs. They explore beyond the known boundaries of technology to design the nation’s defenses for the next century.

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:

Physics or Chemistry.


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 scientific concepts and technology.  Trainee adopts theory and/or good scientific 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 graduate students to get an interesting, real-world experience in the field of engineering while contributing to the defense of our nation.

The Dahlgren Division is the U.S. Navy’s principal research, development, and test evaluation laboratory for surface ship combat systems, ordnance, mines, and strategic support.  We are located on the “Northern Neck” of Virginia, approximately 30 miles east of Fredericksburg, VA.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Minimal travel required.

Relocation Authorized

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