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Eligibility and Application Requirements

  • Eligibility Criteria

    Before applying, be sure to confirm eligibility requirements that are listed below.

    You must meet the following to be eligible for an internship:

    • Be a U.S. citizen.
    • Have and maintain a minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Be enrolled as a part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Accredited U.S. postsecondary institutions that meet the statutory criteria for identification as Minority Serving Institutions by the Department of Education can be found at:
      • AANAPISI - Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution
      • ANNH - Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institution
      • HBCU - Historically Black College or University
      • HSI - Hispanic-serving institution
      • NASNTI - Native American-serving nontribal institution
      • PBI - Predominantly Black Institution
      • TCU - Tribal College or University
    • Be able to commit to the duration of their internship program:
      • Summer Only: 12 weeks, full-time
      • Year-Long: 12-months, 12 weeks full-time during summer, part-time during the academic year

    Exceptions to the 12-week summer requirement may be considered on a case-by-case basis to accommodate candidate’s academic schedule.

    • Have coverage under a health insurance plan before arriving at the appointment site and maintain coverage during the appointment.

    Additional eligibility factors:

    • Candidates selected for an internship appointment will be required to provide proof of enrollment during the Spring 2023 term.
    • Undergraduate seniors graduating in May/June are eligible to participate in summer and year-long internships if entering a graduate program at a MSI during the following Fall term. Proof of enrollment in a MSI will need to be submitted before the Fall internship period starts.
    • Undergraduate seniors graduating in May/June not planning to enroll in a graduate program at a MSI in the Fall are only eligible to participate in a summer internship, with no possibility to extend the appointment in Fall.
    • Graduate students completing their degree in May/June are only eligible to participate in a summer internship and are not eligible to participate in a year-long internship, as they will not be students during academic year.
    • Students may apply for and are eligible to participate in the program at multiple times during their undergraduate and graduate studies. However, there should not be an assumption or expectation of being selected for another internship. All students must re-apply and be selected for a project during each application cycle.


  • Application Requirements

    Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and compliance before moving forward to the merit review and final selection.

    A complete application consists of:

    • Zintellect Profile
    • Academic Institution Classification
    • Personal Statement: Describe your career plans and how they are related to the Nuclear Security Enterprise.
    • Academic Disciplines
    • Project Disciplines and Internship Location Preferences
    • Professional and Technical Skills: List professional/technical skills including knowledge/skills related to specialized laboratory equipment or techniques, computer hardware, software or computer languages and/or applications.
    • Resume including the following sections:
      • Experience: recent positions held, including length of employment, hours worked, and location.
      • Community Service & Extracurricular Activities: List service and/or extracurricular activities in which applicants have participated, beginning with most recent.
      • Special Skills and Abilities: List professional/technical skills and abilities that are relevant to this program and the projects selected.
    • Two professional or academic recommenders: include first/last name, institution/organization, e-mail address, phone number, and how long you have known this individual and in what capacity. You should list individuals that are familiar with your academic record and potential for success in an appointment, such as demonstrated intellectual merit, communication, and teamwork skills.
    • Academic Records: A copy of an official or unofficial transcript or copies of your academic records from internal institutional systems may be submitted. Transcript or academic records must clearly show the your name, name of the academic institution, enrollment during the academic term at the time of application, current/completed/enrolled courses, grades, most recent cumulative GPA, and degree in progress.

    All documents must be submitted via Zintellect. All application components must be received in the system in order to be considered.