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Program Information

  • Appointment Benefits

    All financial support and benefits are administered by ORISE.

    Financial Support

    • Stipend: You will receive a stipend for your living expenses during this educational experience. Payments rates are determined by DOE, and are based on your educational level, skills, and experience. The minimum stipend for undergraduates is $ 600/week and $650/week graduate students and recent graduates.
    • Inbound/Outbound Travel Reimbursement: Transportation expenses for up to $1,000 for participants who relocate more than fifty miles, one-way, from the assigned hosting site.
    • Other allowances: Depending on your project assignment, duration of appointment and funding availability, you may be eligible to receive allowances for travel and training, health insurance and relocation.

    Professional Development

    • ORISE Learn: an ORISE proprietary participant resource with professional development modules including:
      • Effective Science Presentations
      • Making a Great Poster
      • Professional Branding: Resume Workshop
      • Volunteerism in Science
      • Ignite Talks
      • Scientific Code of Conduct

    Additional information about ORISE Learn can be found here.

    • Access to other developmental activities and events offered by DOE and ORISE to help you build your professional network.
    • Opportunities to demonstrate your skills in various educational and sometimes competitive activities.

    Participant Support

    You will have access to resources including:

    • Health insurance plans: you will be eligible to purchase health insurance offered through ORISE.
    • Participant Assistance Program: This program provides counseling sessions and other work-life assistance to help you achieve a better balance between your personal studies, participation in the extra-curricular activities, life, and family needs.
    • Assistance with travel arrangements.
    • Zintellect – with a single sign in you will be able to manage all application and participant related activities, receive program information, and have access to orientation and professional development modules.

    ORISE Go mobile app – ORISE Go will help you stay connected with allows program information for applicants and participants to be pushed directly to ORISE Go subscribers.

  • Locations

    Opportunities may be available at DOE Headquarters, DOE Field Offices, and other participating DOE sites.

    Available appointments vary with DOE office/facility needs. The offices/facilities listed below have sponsored Scholars in the past and may consider sponsoring additional Scholars. There is no guarantee that a specific location will have Scholars each year.

    Program Offices, Washington, D.C.

    Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)

    Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response

    Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

    Office of Environmental Management

    Office of Fossil Energy

    Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence

    Office of Nuclear Energy

    Office of Science

    Field Sites

    Carlsbad Field Office, Carlsbad, NM

    Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Idaho Operations Office, Idaho Falls, ID

    Richland Operations Office, Richland, WA

    Savannah River Operations Office, Aiken, SC

    Other Agencies

    Energy Information Administration

    National Nuclear Security Administration

  • Appointment Dates

    Information about the start and end dates of your appointment.

    Once ORISE has received the selection from the DOE we will send you a letter of appointment via Zintellect. The proposed appointment dates will be included in your letter of appointment but may be changed based on your class schedules, housing availability and facility schedule.

    You may not begin your appointment earlier than the start date approved by DOE, nor can you continue past the approved end date without an approved extension (see Length of Appointment).

  • Length of Appointment

    Information about the length appointment.

    Most DOE Scholars appointments are short-term, summer internships of ten weeks or less. Longer term appointments may also be offered.  

    Appointments may be extended in one-year increments for up to five years.

  • Conditions of the Appointment

    Information on commitment, health insurance, reporting and policies.

    Time commitment: Unless explicitly specified and approved by DOE as part-time, an appointment involves a fulltime commitment at the host facility with the Scholar in residence at the facility during the entire period of the appointment. In response to the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, DOE facilities may be modifying their operation schedules and access to facilities to ensure the health and safety of their entire workforce.  Virtual placements may be offered.

    Health insurance: Scholars 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.

    Final Report and Feedback Survey: Scholars are required to write a final report about the appointment experience and complete an online feedback survey to help assess the effectiveness of the program.

    Policies/regulations of the Hosting Site: Scholars must adhere to the existing policies, regulations and procedures of the hosting facility and obtain facility access as required.

  • Nature of the Appointment

    Description of the DOE Scholars Appointment.

    As a participant in the DOE Scholars Program, you will not be considered an employee of ORAU, ORISE, the DOE, the host facility, or any other office or agency. Instead, Scholars will have an appointment at a designated facility and will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE letter of appointment and ORISE Terms of Appointment.

  • ORISE Go

    ORISE Go mobile app offers a fast, convenient way to communicate with applicants and participants.

    The ORISE GO mobile app helps you stay engaged, connected and informed during your ORISE experience and beyond. Visit the ORISE GO page for more info on how to download the app to your mobile device.