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What will I be doing?

EERE AMO offers three advanced manufacturing internship programs in robotics, energy storage, and high performance computing designed to provide opportunities for students and recent graduates to intern at DOE national laboratories.

AMO internships offer a wide variety of projects for students to consider. Check out the Project Catalog pages for each internship program to learn more about the different projects you can be a part of as an intern.

Project Catalogs 

Why should I apply?

As an AMO intern, no matter what program you choose, you'll have the opportunity to

  • Learn from top researchers and subject matter experts at a DOE national laboratory
  • Gain real world experience in cutting edge research
  • Develop skills within and outside of your field of study and interest and earn a competitive edge
  • Network with your peers, travel, and participate in educational events

Who is EERE AMO?

The EERE Advanced Manufacturing Office Summer Internships Programs are sponsored by the  Advanced Manufacturing Office  (AMO). AMO partners with industry, small business, universities, and other stakeholders to identify and invest in emerging technologies with the potential to create high-quality domestic manufacturing jobs and enhance the global competitiveness of the United States. AMO establishes collaborative communities focused on developing and commercializing targeted technologies; plays a leadership role in the national interagency Advanced Manufacturing Partnership; and encourages a culture of continuous improvement in corporate energy management.


A complete application consists of:

  • Zintellect Profile
  • A complete application submitted through Zintellect, including
    • Essay Questions (Goals, experience and skills relevant to the program)
    • Preferred project(s) - You must choose at least one, but no more than three projects from the relevant project catalog for the program.
    • Academic Records
    • Current Resume/CV
    • One (1) Recommendation

Refer to the Zintellect Opportunity page for the program you are interested in applying to learn more details about these requirements. 

  • Application Cycle

    AMO Summer Internships are open for applications during the Fall/Winter of each year.

    2022 Application Year

    Online Applications Open  November-December 2021 Applicants will have the opportunity to review a project catalog of projects provided by hosting facilities to find a suitable match for their interests and educational discipline. Project catalogs can be found on the respective program page. 
    Application Deadline January-March 2022
    • Applicants should not contact research facilities/mentors after the application deadline
    • Applicants may contact mentors to ask questions about projects during the application period.
    Application Review February/March 2022
    Internship Notification March/April 2022 Candidates are notified of selections and receive offer letter to accept or decline internship
    Internship Period May - September 2022

    Candidates accept their internship offer and begin their ORISE internship.

    • Interns must complete 10-weeks of internship
    • In most cases, interns will have the opportunity to collaborate with their hosting laboratory to ensure internship dates work best for the intern and mentor. However, some hosting laboratories have separate requirements for summer internship periods.

  • Internship Benefits

    Benefits vary by program. Refer to the Opportunity Announcement in the Zintellect Catalog for detailed information about Program Benefits. In general, all programs offer the following:

      • Internships will last for 10 consecutive weeks from May to September at a DOE national laboratory. Interns will be assigned to research projects and/or other technical activities under the guidance of a mentor.
        • Stipends start at $700 per week, based on full-time participation and determined based on academic level at the time of internship appointment.
        • Reimbursement for inbound-outbound travel expenses, up to a combined maximum of $2,000 if you live more than fifty miles, one-way, from your assigned hosting laboratory.
        • Housing Allowance starting at $150 per month. Additional housing allowance may be provided to offset high cost of living in certain locations.
        • Training/Research Allowance up to $250 to offset relevant costs, such as fees for submitting research for publication, access to relevant training, etc.

    For more information on benefits, including specific stipend information, refer to the individual program page for the program you are interested in.

  • Application Review and Selection

    In the application process, you will review available projects for your ORISE summer internship and provide your preference for which project and mentor you want to intern with for the summer. Mentors will review complete applications and project preferences to determine their ORISE intern selections and best match for their projects. Mentors may contact you directly or schedule interviews with you as part of the review process, and we encourage you to engage with them to determine the best fit for you and your potential mentor.

    However, mentor selection is only one part of the review process. Mentor selection of your application does not guarantee you will be selected to participate in an internship program.

    After mentors have submitted their selections, ORISE, who manages the summer internship programs for EERE AMO, will review selected applications for eligibility and completeness, and provide detailed information to EERE AMO representatives. EERE AMO will make final selections based on reviewer results.

    Once selections are finalized by EERE AMO, ORISE will notify you and your mentor if you are selected for an internship program. Formal offers will be sent through Zintellect, the ORISE application and participant tracking system.

  • Eligibility

    U.S. citizenship is required for participation in any EERE AMO Summer Internship.

    Refer to individual programs for additional information on Eligibility:


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Participant Experiences

  • Anne Marie Esposito

    “I had a great experience learning about new energy technologies, new skills in coding and modeling and how what I have learned so far in my Ph.D. program will translate to a future career.”

    —Anne Marie Esposito
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  • Eva Allen

    “The Energy Storage Internship has given me an unusually complete and cutting-edge skillset to pursue a career in research and development of battery materials.”

    —Eva Allen
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The program is administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ORISE focuses on scientific initiatives including educating the next generation of scientists.