The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the central research and development organization for the Department of Defense. It manages and directs selected basic and applied research and development projects for DoD, and pursues research and technology where risk and payoff are both very high and where success may provide dramatic advances for traditional military roles and missions.

The Science and Technology Integration Division provides a DARPA Transition Officer to facilitate the Warfighting Lab's ongoing efforts to develop technologies relevant to the Marine Corps. Successful experimentation may result in the transition of DARPA technologies to the warfighter and tactics, techniques, and procedures into the operating forces.

DARPA Service Chief’s Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Service Chiefs have instituted the Service Chief’s Program that allows officers to spend approximately 90 days at DARPA exploring numerous technology initiatives, and providing operator insight into the DARPA process. The intent of the program is to broaden the exposure of Marine officers to the Department of Defense (DoD) Science and Technology (S&T), Test and Evaluation, and acquisition communities. At the conclusion of the program, officers return to their commands with a greater understanding of DoD S&T efforts and an acute awareness of how to leverage the support of DARPA for ongoing operational and support efforts.


The DARPA Service Chief’s Program is open to:

  • Active Duty Officers
  • Capt through LtCol 

The following are desired, but not required:

  • Officers serving at CDD, MCWL, MCSC, MCTSSA, TECOM, MCOTEA, ONR
  • SEP Graduates en route to their follow-on assignment in acquisitions
  • Officers with a technical master’s degree
  • Officers with a current TS/SCI clearance 

To apply, see the MARADMIN that comes out annually in the spring. Officers from other services should check their service guidelines.

Click Here for a sample application letter.

Additional Information:

What DARPA interns need to know. Click Here.
DARPA Intern Etiquette. Click Here.




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