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Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program

2018 Summer Internship Opportunities

Argonne National Laboratory Internships

Expected Start Date: The program is 10 weeks in duration, starting May 21, 2018. Start date is flexible based on laboratory and candidate availability.

Application Deadline: January 5, 2018

Location: Argonne National Laboratory; Lemont, Illinois

Salary: Selected candidate will be compensated by either a stipend or salary, and may include one round trip domestic travel to and from the host laboratory. Stipends and salaries will be commensurate with cost of living at the location of the host laboratory. Housing information will be provided to interns prior to arrival at the host laboratory, and will vary from lab to lab.

Hours: Full-Time

Unmanned Aerial Systems DOE-MSIPP-18-1-ANL

The successful candidate will be a current undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in earth and geosciences, GIS, aerospace and aeronautical engineering, or related field.

Desired skills: Part 107 license, unmanned aerial systems, remote sensing processing and geospatial science skills.

This project will investigate change detection algorithms and methodologies related to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).   Various detectors will be utilized and analyzed, including electro-optical, infrared, multispectral and thermal. Change detection will be utilized for various scientific and tactical endeavors, including search and rescue, vegetation change, hazardous material characterization and disaster response.

Development of Software for Consumer Travel Analysis DOE-MSIPP-18-2-ANL

The successful candidate will be a current undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in computer science, or related field.

Desired skills: Programming (client-side and server-side languages). 

This project is to help Argonne's ongoing analytical support of the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program. The Clean Cities Program develops government and industry local coalitions to strategically deploy alternative fuel vehicles and other technologies that reduce petroleum consumption. Further information about Clean Cities is available at Specifically, the intern will work on collecting data for the ATRAVEL tool to allow consumers to examine travel and ownership costs of a private vehicle vs other travel options such as transit, rideshare, car share, and bicycle. The tool will also look at the fuel, criteria air pollutant emissions, and greenhouse gas emissions implications of these different travel smart mobility options. This work will provide a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of different travel modes in different situations. The intern will be collecting and analyzing relevant information for key inputs for each travel option such as ownership and operating costs, empty mileage, fuel consumption, criteria air pollutant emissions, and greenhouse gas emissions. The intern will also help in the design and layout of the tool. This work will build off the AFLEET Tool, which is available at:

Software Development for the HELIOS Digital Data Acquisition DOE-MSIPP-18-3-ANL

The successful candidate will be a current undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in computer science, mechanical or software engineering, physics, accelerator science, or related field.

Desired skills: Physics, mathematics, chemistry, software development or computational background.

This project involves developing software for the collection of, and processing of, digital data from the recently commissioned digital data acquisition system of HELIOS. HELIOS is a major piece of experimental equipment in use at the heavy-ion accelerator (ATLAS) located at Argonne National Laboratory. Based on the intern’s interest and skill set, the software development can be either at the User Interface level, Large-Computing level, or at the Physics Extraction level.


Evaluation of Radiological Safety Controls DOE-MSIPP-18-4-ANL

The successful candidate will be a current sophomore or higher undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in nuclear engineering, life, health and medical sciences, chemistry, or related field.

Desired skills: Microsoft Office Suite, good communication skills, independent worker.

This project involves Argonne’s Radiological Protection Program which serves the laboratory to help keep the workers, public, and environment safe from radiological hazards, and supports Argonne’s mission of conducting world-class research. Radiological materials and radiation producing devices are used at the laboratory in various research projects. As an intern, work would be conducted that helps ensure these radiological materials and devices are being used safely. Specific tasks include the evaluation of:• Routine monitoring controls to detect changes in radiological conditions • Locations of passive area radiation monitoring• Occupancy factors used to report dose• Capabilities of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dosimetry• Organizing and presenting evaluated data.

Coupled Fe and S Biogeochemical Controls on Wetland Water Quality DOE-MSIPP-18-5-ANL

The successful candidate will be a current undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in environmental sciences, soil science, ecology, microbiology, environmental chemistry, or related field.

Desired skills: Strong background in environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology, biogeochemistry, or wetland ecology.

This project is investigating coupled biotic and abiotic interactions within a network of wetlands throughout the US so as to better understand the controls that Fe and S biogeochemistry play on uranium contaminant fate and transport and the quality of water that exits from these wetlands. Wetlands being investigated include pristine wetlands at Argonne National Laboratory and uranium contaminated wetlands at the Savannah River National Laboratory.

Mechanistic Understanding of Surfaces Interactions in Tribology DOE-MSIPP-18-6-ANL

The successful candidate will be a current undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in materials science engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, or related field.

Desired skills: Previous laboratory experience, data analysis-excel.

This project involves Tribology, the branch of engineering that deals with friction and wear of materials. The intern will work with members of the Tribology Section in an experimental setting to investigate the tribological properties of materials, coatings, and lubricants. This project will investigate the nano-mechanical properties (in terms of hardness, elastic modulus and adhesion properties) of some engineering materials, such as thin-film coatings, tribo-chemical surface films, and tribofilms produced from colloidal (nano-particulates) fluids during friction and wear testing. Tribochemical surface films are usually complex layers that control the ultimate tribological behavior and performance of materials and real components, such as internal combustion engines or wind turbines, to name some. The microstructure, phases, chemistry and mechanical properties of these films will have influence in the ultimate properties of the materials. The intern will perform hardness mapping of the surfaces of different materials using nano-indentation techniques and will set up and run computer data acquisition. He/she will process and graph the data using Excel or Kaleidagraph. The test specimens will also be characterized by one or more of the following: optical profilometry, microindentation, viscometry, particle size analysis, and optical micrographs. Specimen preparation (grinding, polishing, and etching of metals or ceramics) may be required beforehand. The intern will attach test specimens, operate instruments, set up for data acquisition, exchange data files, graph data, and put results into reports.


Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis (3 internships) DOE-MSIPP-18-7-ANL

The successful candidates will be current undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in environmental science studies, environmental sciences, biology, entomology, public health, or related field.

Desired skills: Computer programming, modeling and data analysis.

This project will evaluate online literature to synthesize field data and modeling approaches into integrated modeling of infectious diseases within the context of global change, with an emphasis on vector-borne diseases (potential global pandemics).


Developing Electroplating Processes by Controlling Crystal Nucleation and Growth DOE-MSIPP-18-8-ANL

The successful candidate will be a current undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in chemistry, physics, materials sciences, or related field. 

Desired skills: Chemistry lab work experience.

This project explores the many applications of electroplating, from x-ray masks to magnetic nanowires or transition edge sensors. The deposited materials are ranging from tens of nanometers to microns in size. Crystal morphology determines the physical properties of the deposit. Pulse current deposition will allow to obtain a finer grained deposit with better properties than direct current plated coatings. Hardness of the deposit largely depends upon the grain size. By favoring grain nucleation over grain growth harder deposits can be obtained. Proper use of pulse plating can produce deposits with tailor-made properties. A few studies on influence of the pulse plating on stress in thin films of metals (Bi, Au, Cu) or magnetic materials are available in the literature. The relation between the process parameters, deposit nanostructure, thickness uniformity, effects of surfactants or additives and resulting residual stress has not yet been much discussed for the fabrication of thick (> 100 µm) layers by using pulse plating.


Analysis of Household Spending and Ride-sourcing Adoption DOE-MSIPP-18-9-ANL

The successful candidate will be a current junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in economics, statistics, mathematics, computer science, or related field.

Desired skills: Use of spreadsheets and databases.

This project examines whether households that use ride-sourcing services such as Lyft and Uber tend to reduce the number of cars they own or the amount of driving they do, and whether they tend to spend money on other things instead of cars and related items like fuel. The intern will examine data on household spending to assess whether adoption of ride-sourcing services are correlated with changes in spending in other categories.

Investigation of Locations and Methods for Establishing High Value Pollinator Habitat at Solar Facilities DOE-MSIPP-18-10-ANL

The successful candidate will be a current sophomore or higher undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in environmental sciences, biological sciences, or related field.

Desired skills: Some knowledge of GIS preferred.

This project examines information on current and proposed solar energy facility locations and U.S. crop production to identify priorities for habitat development. The selected intern will contribute through data collection and analysis, and contributing to mapping and analysis efforts using geospatial information system (GIS tools).