NAVSUP Commences First Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions STEM Internship for Data Science and Logistics Engineering

By Esteban Diaz, Program Analyst, Corporate Operations, NAVSUP Headquarters

NAVSUP, in conjunction with the Department of Navy (DoN) Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program office, commenced the first NAVSUP HBCU/MI Undergraduate Internship for data science and logistics engineering in the summer of 2018.

Left to right: Scott Morrow, Deputy Director NAVSUP WSS N2, Tyler Rembert, Engineering Intern from Delaware State University, and Ms. Lynn Kohl, Vice Commander NAVSUP WSS. –photo by Heather Audet-Auxt

 

The internship meets multiple objectives by promoting Department of Defense (DoD) strategic goals in developing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) talent across the education continuum to meet defense technological challenges; it leverages both DoN and NAVSUP Diversity and Inclusion strategy, and provides a potential pipeline for data science and logistics engineering talent. The targeted degree programs for this internship coincide with occupational series eligible for Direct Hire Authority for post-secondary students and recent graduates.

Like other large commercial entities with complex supply chains, NAVSUP utilizes data sciences, data analytics, logistics and quality engineering, and logistics information management systems to leverage data into new digital strategies to make faster, smarter and more accurate business decisions. Logistics is a warfighting capability, and we recognize that these are fields which the Navy must promote and compete with industry in the recruitment of talent, and in the transfer of knowledge. As higher learning institutions continue to develop and offer new degree programs in response to industry evolutions, competition for newly educated talent is vital.

Deven Berry, Computer Science intern from Dillard University. –photo by Esteban Diaz

 

The DoN HBCU/MI Program office approved and funded a NAVSUP proposal for the 2018 internship program with a goal for growing the number of interns in subsequent years. This first year began with two interns from Dillard University assigned to the NAVSUP Business Systems Center (BSC) in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and one intern from Delaware State University assigned to NAVSUP Weapon Systems Support (WSS) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This is a competitive selection internship that pays the intern a stipend over the eight to 10-week period and pays for housing and transportation. There is an added intrinsic value of benefit to the interns in gaining their first professional work experience, building their network, working for DoD, and building professional confidence.

Unlike similar and long-standing DoD STEM internship programs, which have a primary focus on engineering, the NAVSUP internship program targets the technology and mathematics facet of STEM in support of data science and analytics. This is a program designed uniquely for NAVSUP, supported by the DoN HBCU/MI Program office, and facilitated through a DoD STEM education grant which facilitates the internship program execution. NAVSUP is offering a highly competitive internship in support of DoD strategic objectives which also aims to attract top talent into our workforce. This is another example of how NAVSUP can leverage creative solutions in anticipation of emerging requirements.

Winter 2019

Left to right: Scott Morrow, Deputy Director NAVSUP WSS N2, Tyler Rembert, Engineering Intern from Delaware State University, and Ms. Lynn Kohl, Vice Commander NAVSUP WSS. –photo by Heather Audet-Auxt

Bottom photo: Center: Deven Berry, Computer Science intern from Dillard University. –photo by Esteban Diaz