Internship Program

General Dynamics NASSCO offers summer internships for college students pursuing careers in maritime industry operations, engineering, manufacturing and shipbuilding.

Internship Opportunities:

  • Support shipbuilding programs in the areas of Production, Production Support, or Engineering
  • Develop overall knowledge of shipbuilding processes and managerial skills
  • Participate in Process Improvement Teams and suggest recommendations for improvements
  • Contribute to team performance of safety, quality, cost and schedule objectives
  • Review processes and documentation in assigned area

Internship Requirements:

  • Current enrollment in an accredited college or university program
  • Dedication of a minimum of eight (8) consecutive weeks to the program
  • Completion of all projects and assignments in a timely and organized fashion
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

Internship Benefits:

  • Paid internship
  • Furnished housing with amenities in San Diego area provided
  • Public transportation provided

General NASSCO Requirements:

  • Permanent resident status or U.S. citizenship is required. If selected, you will be required to pass a pre-employment physical examination, which includes a drug and alcohol test. EOE M/F/D/V
  • Must be able to climb ladders and work in on-board shop and assembly production areas.

Professional Development Program

In addition to internships, the company also maintains a Professional Development Program open to both internal and external applicants. The program involves a two year rotation throughout various organizations within the company including but not limited to engineering, production and management. The program provides employees with a holistic view of the different disciplines of the company’s shipbuilding, design and repair operations, while establishing strong relations throughout the company and preparing participants for their future career path.

Our Mission

The mission of NASSCO’s Professional Development Program (PDP) is to provide a corps of talented leaders who possess a working understanding of NASSCO’s processes, goals and visions; while harnessing their capabilities to accelerate the success of the company and its employees.

Build a Career with Us

If you have an interest in shipbuilding and international trade, NASSCO is a great place to build your career. Our Professional Development Program is unparalleled in the maritime industry and will equip you with the skills necessary to build a gratifying career.

Program Features

The Professional Development Program includes:

  • Rotations through key shipyard areas including Production, Supply Chain, Engineering, Programs, Planning, Repair, and Finance;
  • Career guidance and mentoring;
  • Leadership skills training; and
  • Global interfacing and networking opportunities.


Each PDP has a program schedule tailored to his or her educational background, interests, and strengths to maximize their success within the company. We are looking for dynamic and talented individuals who are interested in taking their career and shipbuilding to the next level.

PDP Testimonials

 “The Professional Development Program gave me the opportunity to understand the inner workings of the organization while providing exciting projects that enhanced my professional career.”
Bryan Ruiz
Director, Planning
(PDP Class of 2004)

“The Professional Development Program is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience many facets of a highly complex industry and company.”
-Thomas Carey
Commercial Program Manager
(PDP Class of 2009)