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Robotics Summer Internships

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Robotics Internship Program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates to intern at DOE national laboratories. Internships will last for 10 consecutive weeks from May to September at a DOE national laboratory. You will be mentored by and research alongside DOE scientists and subject matter experts, developing long-term relationships between yourself, researchers and others at your hosting laboratory.

Project Assignments

Project assignments will involve technologies used to develop machines that can substitute for humans and replicate human actions automatically. Examples of potential project assignments include:

  • Programming for a system that has sensing, acting, and/or communicating.
  • Designing and/or fabricating structural aspects of a robotic system or improvements to one.
  • Integrating sensors or exploring the integration of sensors to a system so that it can be made more robotic or smart.
  • Adding actuation or functional capability to a system so that it can improve its ability level of action.
  • Enhancing the human/machine interface to improve the communication with a system employing robotic technologies.
  • Designing experiments that involve robotic technologies at some level of sophistication.
  • Exploring ways to make traditionally “dumb” systems more “smart” with robotic characteristics. i.e. smart homes, smart buildings, smart products, etc.

EERE Robotics Internship Details

 

  • Application Cycle

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

    2023 Application Year

    Online Applications Open  November-December 2022 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 2023
    • 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 January/February 2023
    Internship Notification March 2023 Candidates are notified of selections and receive offer letter to accept or decline internship
    Internship Period May - September 2023

    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.

  • 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 AMMTO, will review selected applications for eligibility and completeness, and provide detailed information to EERE AMMTO representatives. EERE AMMTO will make final selections based on reviewer results.

    Once selections are finalized by EERE AMMTO, 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

    The EERE Robotics Internship Program is open to all students and recent graduates who meet the following qualifications:

    • Be a U.S. citizen.
    • Be at least 18 years old by May 1 of the internship year
    • Meet one of the following conditions:
      • Recent graduate: Have earned an associate, undergraduate or graduate degree in the past two years in a field related to robotics, manufacturing, or engineering.
      • Student: Be enrolled as a full-time student pursuing a degree related to robotics, manufacturing, or engineering. Proof of enrollment during spring semester must be submitted to ORISE at the time the appointment is accepted.
      • High school seniors, undergraduate students, graduate students, and postgraduates, earning a degree in the past two years, are eligible to apply. 

    For more detailed information about eligibility, refer to the Zintellect opportunity announcement

  • Appointment Details

    • Appointments will be for 10 consecutive weeks during the months of May-September. Factors such as class schedules, housing availability, and laboratory schedules may be taken into consideration when determining appointment start and end dates.
    • An appointment involves a full-time commitment at the host laboratory with the intern in residence on-site at the specified location.
    • Interns are required to have health insurance coverage during the appointment period and to provide proof of this coverage prior to the start of the appointment.
  • Stipend and Other Benefits

    • Stipend: Based on academic level at the start of your internship appointment.
      • High school senior, undergraduate students, and post- bachelors receive $700 per week
      • Masters students or post- masters receive $900 per week
      • Doctoral students and postdoctoral receive $1000 per week
    • Travel: Travel reimbursement for inbound and outbound 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: A housing stipend starting at $150 per week. Additional housing stipend 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.

Project Catalog for the Robotics Summer Internships

Applicants submitting an application to the EERE Robotics Summer Internships Program are required to select one to three projects. Review the list below to determine which projects you are most interested in for your internship. Submit your project preferences in the relevant section in your Zintellect application.

This project catalog will be updated throughout the application period. If you do not see any projects of interest to you, check back often for updates throughout the application period. All available projects will be finalized 2 weeks prior to the application deadline.

For technical assistance with navigating Zintellect, contact Zintellect Support at Zintellect@orau.org.

The Summer 2023 Project Catalog will be updated starting in December 2022. Please check back regularly for updates.