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Engineering Leadership Development Program

Program Overview

This highly competitive, early-career development program prepares selected engineers for future technical leadership roles. During the three years in the ELDP, you will work on carefully chosen, highly rigorous and challenging projects while concurrently pursuing an advanced graduate degree. The program culminates in a high visibility, 12-month long technical capstone project.

The overall objective is to expose you to challenging work and field assignments, with heavy academic work load of graduate school and leadership opportunities (e.g., the Naval Nuclear Laboratory sponsored leadership training colloquiums and community outreach opportunities) in which you develop and demonstrate your potential capacity as a future technical leader. Moreover, the rotational and field assignments will provide you with a broad range of technical and programmatic work experiences and instill a comprehensive understanding of the NNPP.


ELDP engineers are required to pursue and successfully meet the academic requirements for an advanced graduate level degree in an engineering discipline of their choice, if they do not already have one, consistent with our technical business needs. Local and distance learning options are available, and all tuition, books, and associated non-discretionary fees are reimbursed by NNL (a grade of “B” or better is required).

Selection Requirements

We select students who have demonstrated high academic achievements, strong communication and teaming skills, the evident ability to learn complex technical systems and processes and demonstrated leadership initiative. If you have a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET accredited institution, and a demonstrated ability to take on and successfully deliver on technically challenging assignments, consider applying.

A Rewarding Career

"Working at the Naval Nuclear Lab provides seemingly endless opportunities. In my career, I've had the chance to develop software used by engineers in thermal-hydraulic design, manage IT infrastructure, and facilitate training courses on time management and problem solving. The encouragement and support to grow myself and my career are what make the Naval Nuclear Lab unique and most enjoyable for me."




ABET = Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

DOE = Department of Energy

ELDP = Engineering Leadership Development Program

ID = Idaho

NNPP = Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program

NY = New York

PA = Pennsylvania

RFP = Rickover Fellowship Program

SC = South Carolina