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Field Researcher

The ORISE Internship/Research Participation Programs at EPA are educational and training programs designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific EPA research, current environmental research, and developmental activities.

Because of the educational nature of these programs, participants must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university pursuing a degree in a science or engineering discipline, or a related discipline; or
  • Have received such a degree within five years of the start date of the appointment; or
  • Currently serve as a full-time teaching faculty member at an accredited U.S. college or university.

Appointments will be made for up to one year, and may be renewed subject to project needs and funding availability. The maximum length of student and faculty appointments is three years; the maximum length of postgraduate appointments is four years. Longer periods may apply for postdoctoral appointments (up to five years may be approved based on research area, progress and benefit to participant, and guidelines specific to some EPA offices).

Generally, participants are not required to hold U.S. citizenship. Any citizenship restrictions will be clearly stated in the project description. For more information on eligibility requirements for non-U.S. citizens, please see Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens.