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Program Overview

Looking for a summer job that will stretch your mind, provide pre-professional work experiences that are relevant and meaningful to your academic and career-related goals, give you the opportunity to serve your country, and enable you to delve into the fascinating world of intelligence? Look no further than the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), our nation’s premier maritime intelligence agency.  As an ONI summer intern, you will participate in Operational Familiarization (OPFAM) trip to Norfolk, VA to visit ONI's operational customers onboard ships, with aviation squadrons and at other USN commands.  You will also experience field trips to D.C. area commands, agencies, and relevant landmarks while doing work that makes a real contribution to national security.


Your Contribution

Our interns contribute to many key elements of the ONI organization. Interns with political science and other liberal arts backgrounds might assist our analysts in the cycle of information collection, analysis and dissemination. Students in the fields of science and engineering might use state-of-the-art lab equipment to study foreign weapons systems, while those with expertise in information technology directly support our networking operations.


We Make You Feel Like Part Of The Team

You will start to receive training from day one.  During your first week onboard, you will participate in a two day orientation to familiarize you with various policies, practices, procedures and key players at ONI.  You will be assigned a supervisor and a mentor to help you quickly learn the ropes.


Hours, Pay And Benefits

If selected for the program, you must commit to working a minimum of 320 hours during the summer, working 80 hours every two weeks. You will report on one of the preset dates in May, June or July.  Checkout dates, which are coordinated with the Student Internship Program Manager (SIPM) and appropriate supervisor, are flexible.  The ONI internship is a PAID internship! Students will earn a competitive salary that is assigned based on level of education.  Because interns are hired on a temporary appointment, you will not be eligible for employee benefits, such as health and life insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, etc.  However, you will earn up to 4 hours of annual and sick leave each pay period.

Holiday And Part-Time Employment

After an initial summer internship, current interns attending school locally have the option of continuing their internship on a part-time basis during the academic semesters.  Current interns may also elect to return for a minimum of 2 weeks during the winter break.



Summer interns are responsible for arranging their own transportation to the D.C. area, as well as locating and funding their own housing.  While ONI does not officially endorse any particular housing company, as a courtesy we provide information on area dormitories and rental companies used by previous interns.



ONI is located in suburban Maryland, just outside of D.C.  Our campus features the convenience of free parking, short-distance walking from an area metro station, and shuttle-bus transportation between our campus and the Metro.  As government employees, you will be eligible for participation in the Mass Transit Benefit Program, which enables you to receive a subsidy for the use of public transportation during work-related travel.



All interns must receive security clearances at the interim or final top secret level with access to sensitive compartmented information (TS/SCI).  Since holding that clearance is a special responsibility, you will be required to pass a drug screening test and complete a comprehensive history form that documents your foreign travel, educational background and employment history, among other areas.


College Credit

Depending on your school requirements, you may receive credit for your internship.  If selected for a position, we will work with you and your school administrators to ensure the appropriate paperwork is completed by your supervisor to ensure you receive college credit for your work assignment.


Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. Citizenship. Security clearances cannot be granted to foreign nationals or those who possess dual citizenship.
  • Enrollment in an accredited baccalaureate or graduate program. You must submit proof that you will continue your studies during the fall semester following the summer internship.
  • Completion of 60 semester hours (or its equivalent) by the start of the internship.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Favorable adjudication of a Special Security Background Investigation (SSBI) and eligibility to receive a top secret clearance with access to sensitive compartmented information (TS/SCI).
  • Favorable results on a urinalysis screening for illegal drug use. You may also be subject to random drug testing during the period of employment.
  • Commitment to work fulltime for at least 320 hours (8 weeks) during the summer months.

Application Procedures

The programs are not accepting applications at this time.


For More Information

For general information or questions about the internship, call us at (301) 669-3475 or (800) 842-0821, ext. 3475.  You can also email your questions to us at  DO NOT submit applications or resumes via this email address.


ONI is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates will be considered without regard to non-merit factors, such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap, or sexual orientation.  The ONI Office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Equal Opportunity (EEO/EO) and Diversity is responsible for overseeing compliance with a wide variety of federal and state laws, and Naval polices that address equal opportunity and employment rights.