Call for applications closes February 13, 2017

Jan 12, 2017

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is currently accepting applications for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Robotics Internship Program. The 10-week program offers short-term practical internships at federal national laboratories and organizations in the private sector throughout the United States. Participants will receive hands-on research experience and gain the opportunity to develop professional networks with leading scientists and researchers in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, and other fields related to robotics.

One opportunity led to the development of “Nighthawk,” a 3D-printed T-shirt cannon that  Derek Vaughan (above, second from left), an aerospace engineering undergraduate at Purdue University, built in collaboration with high school students who are members of a local robotics team. Manufactured with a carbon-fiber reinforced polymer the cannon will be used at high school events and athletic competitions.

“One of the biggest skills I learned from this internship was teamwork,” said Vaughan. “It sounds simple, but my group was small and we had to rely on each other to get our project done in a short amount of time. The program is a lot of fun and you learn a lot because you see every aspect of building a robot.”

To qualify applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a recent high school graduate, college undergraduate or graduate student, or postgraduate interested in pursuing degrees and careers in robotics related science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines or have received such a degree within the last five years.

The program provides a stipend of $600 per week for recent high school graduates and undergraduate students and $750 per week for graduate students and postgraduates. Travel and housing allowances may also be provided. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 13, 2017. For more information about the program and to find the application, visit the EERE Robotics Internship Program website.

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