Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center - Pacific (San Diego, CA)

Must be a US citizen. No Dual Citizens, nor permanent residents will be considered for this facility.

Must be enrolled at a 4 year U.S. college or university deemed accredited by the U.S. Department of Education (community colleges or junior colleges NOT eligible)

Students must secure their own transportation and housing

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the "Interests" section of the application; this field allows you to specify your areas of interest within science and/or engineering

Students must be able to participate for the full program duration

                                                                   2017 program start dates: TBD June 2017

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center - Pacific (San Diego, CA)

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific), San Diego is looking for bright, motivated young men and women, who have an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  We realize that you may not as yet have an affinity toward a particular research area; however, if you do, let us know and we will try to accommodate your interests.  There will be many more applications from qualified young men and women than there are positions, so don't be disappointed if you do not get selected; it is not a reflection on your potential.  Simply try again next year!

SSC Pacific is the Navy’s premier research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) laboratory for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR). Our laboratory settings, test beds and simulated operational environments offer working environments unachievable elsewhere.  We deliver integrated C4ISR solutions to our nation’s warfighters - integrating forces, platforms, and functions into coordinated operational capabilities. Programs in navigation and applied sciences, environmental quality technology and assessment, marine mammals, robotics and physical security complement our primary C4ISR focus.  Our scientists and engineers rank among the nation’s best inventors, innovators, and integrators in a wide range of scientific disciplines. Our business is C4ISR; we provide the information technology resources essential to the U.S. warfighter in today's increasingly complex, increasingly hostile world. In the development of these technologies, we are contributing substantially to the achievement of the future vision of the Department of Defense and particularly of the Navy.

SSC Pacific maintains research programs pushing the state-of-the-art in such diverse fields as atmospheric physics, electro-optics, underwater acoustics, engineering psychology, signal propagation and processing, artificial intelligence, material sciences, microelectronics, chemical oceanography, environmental and biological sciences.

SSC Pacific formal leadership areas, assigned by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition:

  • Command, control and communication systems
  • Command, control and communication systems countermeasures
  • Ocean surveillance systems
  • Command, control and communication modeling and analysis
  • Ocean engineering
  • Navigation support
  • Marine mammals
  • Integration of space communication and surveillance 

These leadership areas are supplemented and complemented by a set of technology areas in which the Center is significantly involved:

  •  Ocean and littoral surveillance
  • Microelectronics
  • Communications and networking
  • Topside design/antennas
  • Command systems
  • Computer technology
  • Navigation and aircraft Command, Control, and Communications (C3)
  • Intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance sensors
  • Atmospheric effects assessment
  • Environmental quality assessment


Projects vary by year to year; past project areas are listed for your reference:

  • Joint Perimeter Surveillance Command & Control (JPSC2) Intrusion Detection System
  • Electrical Characterization of Pentacene Thin-Films
  • Optimized “Hot Start” Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) Power Generation by Bacterial Inoculation
  • Underwater Engineering
  • ActiveWiki
  • Creating and emulating networks and test beds
  • Antenna Electromagnetic Modeling Supporting the LHA 8 Contract Design
  • Evaluation of Resuspension From Propeller Wash In DoD Harbors
  • Electronic Harbor Security System: Protecting U.S. Navy Ships from Waterborne Attacks
  • Data Center Infrastructure Management
  • Sediment MFCs with External Carbon Sources: effect of chitin and kelp on power density
  • Compression in Mako Chat
  • Reverse Engineering and Repurposing of Prototype Array Element Localization (PAEL) Sonobuoy
  • Ping Scheduling Algorithm for Active Sonar Networks
  • Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) Model Validation for Data Center Cooling Efficiency
  • Stochastic Computer Hacks as Software Immunization Mechanisms (SCHSIM)
  • Image Processing
  • Adaptive Communications Framework for Unmanned Vehicles
  • Interactive touch interface development for Adaptive Communications Framework Mission Planner
  • Corporate Strategy Group (CSG) support in terms of strategic and business Intelligence
  • Impact of an Electrophoresis Phenomenon on Metals Leaching and Uptake
  • Limitations of Telescope Systems for Transmission of Laser Energy
  • Designing a  User Interface for autonomous robots
  • Numerical Simulations of Coupled Time Domain Switched Disc Resonating Gyroscope
  • Unmanned Systems
  • Human Factors Concepts
  • Multi-Agent Systems for Autonomous Data Collection
  • Trolling Motor Thruster
  • Systems Engineering Approach to Testing
  • Lightweight Survivable Systems
  • Distribution and Abundance of Ichthyoplankton in the Nearshore Waters of San Diego Bay
  • End Cap Removal Tool
  • Medium Access Control (MAC) protocols for Adaptive Routing for Underwater Networks
  • Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) Powered Buoy
  • Sensor Data Collection and Integration with Software Communications Framework
  • Mechanical Platforms for Unmanned Surface Vehicle
  • Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) using an Excimer Laser
  • Classifying GPS trajectories using Supervised Machine Learning
  • Hybrid Power Batter/Diesel Generator for Range Extension
  • JPSC2 Intrusion Detection System
  • Using Raspberry Pis to Protect Coral Reefs
  • Vigilance system design in support of the Navy Marine Mammal Program
  • Radio Frequency (RF) and Underwater Communications
  • Multi-INT Fusion with Text (MIFT)
  • Advanced BioBuoy (ABB) for Bioluminescence Detection
  • NANO Satellite Ground Station & Tracking
  • Simulation of Volumetric Laser Scattering and Other Atmospheric Optical Effects
  • Ocean Systems for Environmental Assessment and Energy Generatio

Our researchers are also very interested in all aspects of cyber security.


Summer interns are provided with an environment that will foster their creativity, help them develop a problem solving mindset, and give them the opportunity to participate in meaningful technical research.  Additionally, they will gain experience in a professional workplace that specializes in STEM careers.

If you have any other questions/concerns, please contact SSC Pacific’s Lab Coordinator, Ms. Kathleen Gately Miranda at or (619)-767-4156.