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Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) – Human Resources Specialist Positions

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is the Navy’s corporate laboratory.  They are recruiting to fill developmental Human Resources Specialist positions in areas such as Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Staffing and Recruiting, Employee Relations, and Workforce (Employee) Development.  Under the guidance of a senior Human Resources Specialist students will receive on-the-job training in one or more of the following areas.

Employee Relations:
Students will interpret and apply federal personnel laws and regulations; advise management and employees regarding performance and conduct expectations; ensure employees receive fair and equitable treatment; and administer various human resources programs.  Skills that you will utilize include researching legal decisions, analyzing complex information and communicating effectively in both oral and written work.  You must be able to deal positively with a diverse range of individuals and aspire to facilitate win-win solutions using creative approaches to resolve difficult situations.

Students will become familiar with Federal EEO laws and regulations to assist in providing day-to-day guidance and direction to NRL employees, managers and job applicants and assist with complaints and requests for reasonable accommodation.  In addition, students will assist EEO Specialists with various other Branch programs, projects and statistical reports.  Work assignments will include on-campus activities at universities for the purpose of recruiting scientists and engineers for the Laboratory.

Staffing and Recruiting:
Students will interpret and apply principles, processes and guidelines pertaining to recruitment, placement, classification and compensation. The work assignments will familiarize the student with various HR programs and procedures.  Students will apply these procedures and practices to routine, day-to-day operating situations.  The employee will provide customer service to NRL employees, managers and job applicants and will assist HR specialists with various HR programs and projects as needed.

Workforce (Employee) Development:
Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the rules, regulations, practices and procedures associated with injury compensation, training, and the drug-free workplace programs.  On-site, students will also become familiar with various other programs, such as an apprenticeship program that provides high school students with an opportunity to work side-by-side with professional scientists and engineers; Temporary Clerical Services Contracts; employee development programs including long-term graduate training; Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA); Counseling/Referral Services; and a mentoring program designed to enhance career development for all NRL employees.  Specific functions include the following: determining the need for, establishing, informing, evaluating, advising, and overseeing employee development activities for regulatory compliance.
Students selected for the program are expected to be quality undergraduate students enrolled in a four- year institution, who maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. 

Academic disciplines may include Business, Public Administration, Human Resources Management, Social Sciences, English, Law and Journalism.  Candidates must be students enrolled in a participating educational institution’s cooperative education/internship program, or be recommended for student assignment by an authorized official of the institution.  Each candidate must meet and satisfy the standards established and required by the institution’s cooperative education/internship program.   Students must be citizens of the United States.  Students who have completed one full year of academic study are encouraged to apply.  Students must have time to complete at least 640 work hours prior to completing degree requirements.

The Student Career Experience program at NRL provides:

  • Formal periods of work and study while you are attending school;
  • Eligibility for permanent employment after successfully completing your education and meeting work requirements;
  • Flexible schedule of work assignments (Full-time or Part-time);
  • Salary based on credits completed and GPA.

Benefits include:

  • Leave – Students earn 4 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave each pay period.
  • Insurance – Students are eligible for health and life insurance.
  • Pay – The grade level at which the student is paid is based on the student’s qualifications for the position being filled.

To apply for this opportunity, email your resume and current transcripts to Kelly Weese in the Human Resources Office at or (202) 767-8391. 

Visit the NRL website at

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About Mary Byerley

Mary Byerley works for the School of Management in the Office of Academic and Career Services. She has been with George Mason University for 15 years.

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