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  • The DOE Scholars Program may offer multiple opportunities during the year to accomodate the needs and schedule of individual sponsoring offices.

    Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

    • Career possibilities with the nation’s leading sponsor for scientific research
    • Opportunities to learn from top scientists and subject matter experts
    • Hands-on learning experience at a DOE-approved facility
    • Possibility of networking with other scholars, travel, and attending educational events
    • Develop skills within and outside of your field of study and interest
    • Access to ORISE exclusive professional development content

    Participant Support:

    You will receive a stipend as support for your living and other expenses during this educational experience. Payments rates are determined by DOE, and are based on your educational level, skills, and experience.

    Travel reimbursement of inbound and outbound costs up to $1,000 for participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from the assigned hosting site.  Depending on your project assignment, duration of appointment and funding availability, you may be eligible to receive an allowance for travel and education to promote the educational goals of your appointment.

  • The DOE Scholars Program may offer multiple opportunities during the year to accommodate the needs and schedule of individual sponsoring offices.  The general eligibility criteria for the DOE Scholars Program is listed below.  However, some opportunities may have different eligibility requirements.  To qualify for an opportunity, you must meet the eligibility requirements detailed for the opportunity in Zintellect.

    • Be a U.S. citizen (verification will be required if selected)
    • Be at least 18 years of age.
    • Meet one of the following conditions:
      • Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited institute of higher education.
      • Have completed an undergraduate (B.A., B.S. or equivalent) or graduate (M.S., DVM, Ph.D., MD or equivalent) degree within five years of the application deadline.
      • Be a U.S. military Veteran who has been honorably discharged and/or who has been medically discharged because of a service-connected disability and who received a college degree in an appropriate discipline within ten years of the desired start date.
      • Have completed a qualifying certificate program within one year of the desired start date are also eligible for a postgraduate appointment. The qualifying certificate program must be offered by an accredited academic institution; must require a minimum of 30 semester credit hours or the equivalent; must be in an appropriate science, technology, engineering, or math discipline; and should be related to or complement a prior degree earned (bachelor’s degree or higher).
    • Must be pursuing a degree or have a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or have demonstrated interest or experience in a STEM field that supports the DOE mission.
  • All components must be submitted via Zintellect, the ORISE online application system. All application components must be received in the system in order to be considered.

    Components of the online application are as follows:

    • Profile Information
    • Educational and Employment History
    • Essay Questions (goals, experiences, and skills relevant to the DOE Scholars program)
    • Resume (PDF)
    • Transcripts/Academic Records - Unofficial transcripts or copies of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institutional systems may be submitted. Transcripts must include name of the academic institution, name of the student, completed/in progress coursework and grades. Transcripts must show the equivalent of at least one year of full-time postsecondary school attendance. First-year graduate students must submit their undergraduate transcript, including the last two years of courses, degree, and date degree was awarded.

    Submitted transcripts must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system.

  • Available internships will be determined by participating U.S. Department of Energy sites. Participation is dependent upon program need and available funding. The offices listed below have hosted Scholars in the past and may consider hosting additional Scholars. There is no guarantee that a specific location will have interns each year.


    Program Offices, Washington, D.C.

    Advance Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)

    National Nuclear Security Administration

    Office of Electricity

    Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

    Office of Energy Information Administration

    Office of Environmental Management

    Office of Fossil Energy

    Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence

    Office of Nuclear Energy

    Office of Science


    Operations Offices

    Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Richland Operations Office, Richland, WA

    Savanah River Operations Office, Aiken, SC

    Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Carlsbad, NM


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Participants in the DOE Scholars Program will not enter into a employee/employer relationship with ORISE, DOE, the host facility, or any other office or agency. Instead, participants have an appointment at a DOE-approved facility and are affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE Letter of Appointment and Terms of Appointment.