Internships

Summer Student Internship FY21 Dates

• ONR NREIP & HBCU MI: May 24, 2021 - July 30, 2021

• ONR SEAP: June 21, 2021 - August 13, 2021

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Frequently Asked Questions

SPAWAR does not have a formal dress code; however, buisness casual is fairly standard dress at this location. Buisness casual indicates clothing that is pressed, not dirty or frayed. Polo-style shirts, slacks, dresses/skirts (buisness length), dress shirts, suits, etc. are all acceptable. No shorts or flip flops. Jeans are also acceptable on Fridays and in some lab areas during the week. It is expected that all interns and visitors would dress appropriately for the professional environment. Clothing and dress that may be suitable at school may not be appropriate for the workplace.

Generally, I leave this up to the project lead due to differences in work schedules in some labs here on the base. However, as a rule of thumb, most are asked to be here between 8am - 4pm, Monday through Friday with 30 minutes for lunch. Some interns come in at 7am or 7:30am and leave around 3pm or 3:30pm. We are professionals and do not babysit our interns, however we have had problems in the past with tardiness and individuals leaving early or taking long lunch breaks. Abuse of the policy may result in termination of the internship. You are expected to be here 8 hours each day, 40 hours per week.

You will have a 30 minute lunch break built into your day. If you desire to take a longer lunch, then you are expected to work the additional time. You may bring your lunch or purchase your lunch from the cafeteria here in the main building (bldg. 3147). You also have the option to go off base for lunch but must consider the 30 minute time limit. There are only a few restaurants near the base. Sometimes there are food trucks near various buildings. There are also tables outside in several areas where you can quietly eat your lunch and read a book, etc.

There should be no personal time off during your 8 – 10 week internship. It is understood that you are expected to be here the full term of your internship. Some interns have pre-approved absences, but they have to be special circumstances. If you become ill while at work, you must notify me, your mentor/project lead, or the administrative assistant. If you are sick prior to reporting to work, you must notify me via email or phone before your scheduled work time. Abuse of this policy may result in termination of the internship. If you have an appointment scheduled during the work day; then please let me and your project know, and you will be required to make up the time. You will receive the observed July 4 holiday as paid time off.

There are both cubicles, tables, and work desk here. Many of the interns located in the MRC (Multi-Disciplinary Center) lab will sit in a large area with desktop computers and a file cabinet/drawer for your belongings. If you are seated in other labs or workspaces, it will differ depending on the area you are assigned.

Many of you will be placed with a mentor that can accommodate one or two summer interns. Some interns will not work directly with another intern on a project but may sit near other interns. I have scheduled many group activities during the summer that you will participate in (tours of labs/facilities, lunch socials, after-work socials, training, etc). Trainings and tours are mandatory but other social events are optional.

You are responsible for your own transportation to and from work. We may be able to get temporary base access for your driver in advance to your internship but cannot accommodate changes that happen during the summer. There are restrictions about who can access the base, etc. If you have questions about this, ask well in advance of your start date or you may not be able to begin your internship, this may result in termination of your internship. We do not have bus transportation to our base.
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