NNSA Graduate Program

Are you looking for a dynamic career that will make a difference in the safety and security of our nation? Do you have a strong academic record? If so, NNSA could be the right career choice for you.

NNSA offers an exceptional opportunity for recent college graduates who have the ability and drive to take on challenging jobs that help safeguard our nation’s security.  If you’re selected for the highly competitive NNSA Graduate Program (NGP), you will fill a position in one of NNSA’s offices.  You will gain experience addressing real-world challenges on the job and you will participate in a rigorous learning and development program that can prepare you for potential leadership in the field of national security.

The NGP recruits talented men and women who have recently obtained, or are pursuing, a master’s or Ph.D. degree in a wide variety of disciplines, including engineering, nuclear nonproliferation, science, international affairs, security, emergency operations and other related disciplines.  Over the course of the full-time, year-long program, Fellows are provided specialized training to introduce them to NNSA’s varied operations and help develop their technical and leadership skills.

The NGP, created in 2012, combines the best features of NNSA’s two premier developmental programs: the Future Leaders Program and the Nonproliferation Graduate Fellowship Program.  Like its predecessors, NGP seeks outstanding applicants who can obtain and maintain a security clearance. 

The NGP is funded by the NNSA and is administered by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).  While NGP Fellows work in NNSA offices in the Washington metropolitan area, they are PNNL employees.

Is one of our positions right for you?  To help you decide, please visit the NNSA Graduate Program’s dedicated website for additional information regarding eligibility criteria, application requirements, program timelines, etc.