Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Internships

What is the internship requirement?

Participants awarded multi-year awards, are required to serve as interns at DoD laboratories during the summer months. Internships are intended to provide valuable work experience and help the participant become familiar with the organization he/she has been sponsored by.

I planned to take classes or work on research during the summer/s, can my internship be waived?

Internships provide valuable employment development experience to participants and highly qualified intern support to DoD laboratories. Thus internships are waived only in very rare circumstances and are decided on a case-by-case basis. In most cases, internships will not be waived to accommodate summer course work or research at your university.

Will I get paid during my internship?

Participants continue to receive their monthly stipend payment throughout the internship period..

Will travel expenses for my internship be paid?

In addition to the stipend payment, recruitment participants completing internships may receive internship support payments depending on the distance to the sponsoring facility. Internship support payments are intended to support all travel, lodging, meals, transportation, and incidental expenses. Recruitment participants completing internships receive a payment to cover each week the participant is completing the internship, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. Participants completing extended internships do not receive more than 12 weeks of internship support payments. The internship support payments are distributed in one payment the month prior to the start of the internship. Participants should refer to the Internship Guidelines for the applicable year to obtain detailed information about internship funding, travel, responsibilities, and restrictions.