Experiential Learning Opportunities: Navy and the Department of Defense

In the summer of 2021, both the Department of Navy and the U.S. Department of Defense will be offering experiential learning programs for studentsNotably, these opportunities will be placed right here in New England, both in Newport, RI, and New London, CT, as well as other cities around the country. The two programs that are hosting these opportunities are the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) and the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship. Each program has begun accepting applications, and the processes close on November 30th, 2020, for NREIP and December 1st for SMART.  

If you would like to receive some help or advice as you prepare your application for either one of these programs, please schedule an appointment with Wiley Dawson, Career Consultant in the School of Engineering, on Handshake. Click here to schedule an appointment.  For information about these programs, see below.  

NREIP – Application Due: November 30th, 2020  

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) provides an opportunity for college students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating college students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further 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. NREIP is providing competitive research internships to approximately 800 college students this year. Participating students spend ten weeks during the summer conducting research studies at any of the 45 DoN laboratories. 

Online application: https://nreip.asee.org/  

SMART Scholarship – due December 1st, 2020, at 5:00 PM EST  

Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship offer a large package of benefits to qualified candidates: 

  • Full tuition and education-related educational expenses (meal plans, housing, and parking not included) 
  • Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 – $38,000 a year depending on degree level (may be prorated depending on award length) 
  • Summer internships ranging from 8 to 12 weeks 
  • Health Insurance allowance of up to $1,200 per academic year 
  • Miscellaneous allowance of up to $1,000 per academic year 
  • An experienced mentor at one of the Sponsoring Facilities 
  • Potential employment at a DoD facility upon degree completion

Online application: https://www.smartscholarship.org/smart 

This information was provided by Professor Dr. Michael Accorsi, Senior Associate DeanIf you would like more information, please contact Dr. Accorsi at accorsi@engr.uconn.edu. 

By: Wiley Dawson, Career Consultant – School of Engineering 

By Wiley Dawson
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