Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity

Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity

Program Dates: TBD

For students to participate at this facility they must be a US citizen (neither dual citizens nor permanent residents will be considered for this facility), must be 16 years of age, and must live in the San Diego area or Orange County and reside with a parent or legal guardian.  Students must also be able to secure their own transportation for participation in the full 8 weeks of the program.

Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, Camp Pendleton is seeking motivated high school students with an interest in expanding their knowledge and developing their hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Our Mission is to provide engineering, test & evaluation, and deployed technical support for Marine Corps and joint service command, control, computer, and communications (C4) systems throughout all acquisition life-cycle phases.

MCTSSA specializes in: 

- Enterprise and Tactical Network/Application testing
- Trade studies and assessment of new and emerging C4 technology
- Enterprise and Tactical WAN/LAN network efficiency and cybersecurity
- Adversarial Cybersecurity Penetration testing of C4 systems and networks 
- C4 operations and interoperability
- Application and Network trouble-shooting and root-cause analysis
- Radio Frequency (SATCOM, Tactical Radio, Commercial Wireless, GPS)
- Radar
- Test automation
- Tool development
- In-service engineering
- Deployed support

We work closely with the other services to ensure Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) systems integrate and operate flawlessly on land, air, sea and cyberspace within the MAGTF and among services and coalition partners.

Our Vision is to deliver superior tactical mission capabilities through the highly efficient and seamless interoperation of C4 systems.

MCTSSA is located on the ocean front of Camp Pendleton, California in northern San Diego County. SEAP interns are developed through mentoring, internal project rotations, training, and hands-on experience across a broad range or Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) C4 systems.

We provide a hands-on, high fidelity test and evaluation environment with a wide-range of C4 systems.  Our workforce is nearly equally divided between civilian engineers and active duty personnel to ensure Joint and MAGTF systems are operationally sound, secure and interoperable.

What will I do as a NREIP/SEAP intern?  As part of the internship, students get hands-on experience supporting C4 projects, experiments, test and engineering evaluations, cybersecurity penetration assessments, STEM activities and tool development under the guidance of experienced engineering mentors.  During the program, students also have the opportunity to participate in the following activities:

Summer interns are provided with an environment that will foster their creativity, help them develop a problem solving mindset, and give them the opportunity to participate in meaningful technical research.  Additionally, they will gain experience in a professional workplace that specializes in STEM careers.