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About ORISE

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ORAU, with headquarters in Oak Ridge, TN, operates the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Internship/Research Participation Programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are managed by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) under an interagency agreement between EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Established as an official DOE institute in 1992, with programs dating back to 1946, ORISE is a national leader in science education and research. ORISE is managed by ORAU for DOE.

Through the management of ORISE, ORAU directly supports DOE’s national agenda. We strive to advance science education and research programs, with a vision to be a national leader in these areas. We create opportunities for collaboration through partnerships with other DOE facilities, other federal agencies, the academic community, and industry.

Learn more about ORISE in the ORAU Annual Report

The ORISE Internship/Research Participation Programs at EPA are STEM-related educational and training programs designed to provide students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific EPA research, and developmental activities.

EPA ORISE participants do not perform work in place of federal employees; nor are they considered to be EPA employees.  The EPA ORISE programs are considered a valuable human capital and workforce development tool, which provide educational experiences and training in environmental science and as a means to introduce highly motivated participants to potential careers.

Connect with World-class Scientists through ORISE

Click below to watch a 2:00 minute video about the Science Education Programs at ORISE.

ORISE Video Preview