FAQs

About the Program | Eligibility | Application | Selection Process | Internship Information | General


About the ICCE Program

1. What is the Office of International Climate Change Policy & Technology Fellowship Program?

The Office of International Climate and Clean Energy Fellowship (ICCE Fellow) program supports the mission of the Office of International Climate and Clean Energy, located within the Office of International Affairs Office, to accelerate the development and deployment globally of advanced technologies and best practices to mitigate climate change and enhance clean energy initiatives. The Office serves as the focal point within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the development, coordination, and implementation of DOE-related aspects of international climate change technical programs, policies and initiatives. The program objectives are to encourage individuals in educational and experiential learning opportunities and conduct research in mission-related disciplines in order to advance ICCE’s mission.

2. What is ORAU?

See About ORAU

3. What kinds of opportunities are available through the ICCE Program?

  • Paid internships
  • Research opportunities
  • Individual development

4. What does the internship provide?

  • Stipends
  • Travel reimbursement (subject to program approval and travel policies)
  • Training and development
  • Hands-on experience
  • Research and technological opportunities

Eligibility Information

5. Who can participate in this program?

See the Applicant Information page.

6. Can I apply if I am not a citizen of the United States?

No, only U.S. Citizens are eligible for this program and proof of citizenship is required upon selection. No exceptions are allowed.

7. Can current students participate in the ICCE Program?

Eligible students may hold appointments during the summer or part-time appointments during the semester dependent on the requirements of the open positions.

8. What if I can only participate for a portion of the appointment period due to other commitments?

Participation requires a commitment for the duration of the appointment period. You should plan to be at the facility for the specified term and avoid obligations that will interrupt your appointment.

Application Process

9. How do I apply for the ICCE Program?

See the Applicant Information page.

10. When can I apply?

The application is currently open. See the Applicant Information page for current opportunities and application deadlines.

11. Is my application data secure?

Absolutely, ORISE follows all federal rules and regulations regarding personally identifiable information and data collection.

12. Do my transcripts need to be official?

For the application, you may submit an unofficial transcript. However you must provide a copy of an official transcript once you are selected and in order to finalize the fellowship appointment.

13. How long does the application process take?

ICCE will determine how long applications will be accepted, and how long the review process will take. Once the selection has been made, there are several steps that must be completed before the candidate will receive notification.

14. Do I have to have health insurance coverage to apply or can I wait until I'm selected to acquire it?

You must have health insurance and provide proof of coverage in order to begin your appointment. That means that you will not be able to start your appointment or be eligible to receive a stipend payment until you have health insurance. Since some insurance providers have a waiting period from the time you apply, you may need to plan ahead in order to start your appointment at the desired time and still serve the full appointment. See Health Insurance for more information.

Selection Process

15. How are applications judged?

Participants are selected by ICCE. Your application will be judged on your educational experience, your interests, and skills. Be sure to carefully complete the application and return all required documents by the deadline.

ORISE staff will prescreen applications to ensure that all required materials have been received and that the applicant has attained the required education level and meets all other eligibility requirements. ORISE staff is not otherwise involved in the selection process.

16. When and how will I find out if I've been selected?

You will receive an official appointment letter via e-mail from ORISE notifying you of your selection. ICCE or your mentor will not make the appointment offer. Official notification must come from ORISE.

17. What are the chances of getting selected?

The number of ICCE Fellowship Program appointments vary each year. There is no way of knowing how many applications will be received for any given cycle, nor what the quality of those applications will be. One thing is certain, however: If you don't apply, you certainly won't be selected.

Internship Information

18. Where are the fellowships located?

Washington, D.C.

19. Will the program pay for my transportation to the fellowship site?

Yes, the ORAU Travel will arrange and pay or reimburse you for travel from your home or institution if your permanent address is 50 miles or more from your appointment site. If you choose to drive, you will be reimbursed at the current federal reimbursement rate for actual mileage from your home or institution to the appointment site, up to the cost of the lowest available commercial airfare. Reimbursements are made according to the ORAU federally approved travel policy. See Travel for more information.

20. Will I be required to have my personal vehicle at the site?

You are responsible for your own daily transportation to and from your DOE fellowship site, though you may choose to use public transportation. Contact ORISE for more information as needed.

21. Does the ICCE Fellowship Program pay for housing? Or is there a housing supplement?

You are responsible for the cost of your own housing at the appointment site during your internship. ICCE may provide a housing supplement. Contact ORISE for more information as needed.

22. How long will my appointment last?

Appointments are for up to one year and may be renewed for up to five years based on program needs, satisfactory performance by the appointee and continued availability of funding. Shorter appointments are also available, based upon program needs and candidate availability. 

23. Is there any flexibility in start and end dates?

That is dependent on the needs of ICCE. Start and end dates are subject to approval by ICCE and must be confirmed in writing in follow-up correspondence to you from ORISE. See About Appointment for more information.

24. Can I travel before I receive my appointment letter?

We do not advise that you do this. Your appointment is not guaranteed until you receive, sign, and return your official letter. Additionally, if ICCE does provide travel assistance, it is important that you work with ORAU Travel to verify that costs are allowable and will be reimbursed. See Travel for more information.

25. Do I get any vacation during the appointment period?

The program does not include vacation or sick leave; however, you are not expected to be present on days that your facility is closed due to a Federal holiday.

26. What is the stipend amount?

Stipends will be based on academic level and relevant skills and/or experience and may include additional allowances for housing and insurance. Travel to/from appointment may also be included (based on approval and travel policy).

27. How often do I receive a stipend payment and where does it come from?

Your stipends will be directly deposited into your bank account monthly in accordance with the ORISE schedule provided. You should be prepared to cover all expenses for the first 30 days of your internship. See Stipend Information.

28. What is my tax liability for the stipend I am paid as a participant in this program?

All stipends paid to you are reported to the Internal Revenue Service. ORAU administers all stipend payments and does not withhold taxes from these payments. Participants should give consideration to filing Form 1040-ES on a quarterly basis and paying estimated income taxes in order to avoid late payment penalties. Participants should consult a tax professional regarding state and federal income tax requirements. See Stipend Information.

29. Can I receive undergraduate credit for my fellowship experience?

You will need to check with your school to see if your experience qualifies for college credit. Your mentor or ORAU can provide you with the appropriate documentation.

30. By participating in this program, do I become an employee of the administrator, the host facility, or DOE?

No, none of the above. You will be considered an educational program participant and will not enter into an employer/employee relationship with the administrator, the host facility, or DOE. You do not receive any employment-related benefits, such as paid vacation or sick/medical leave or unemployment compensation.

31. Do I have to prepare a report or give a presentation at the end of my appointment?

Both you and your mentor will be asked to evaluate the experience at the end of the appointment. You may be asked to participate in seminars, poster sessions, and symposia, and to prepare written or oral presentations at the end of the appointment.

32. What should I expect from the mentoring relationship in the ICCE Fellowship Program?

Your mentor should provide the following:

  • On-going technical guidance and advice
  • Appropriate materials, equipment, technical and clerical support, and office space
  • A nurturing and stimulating intellectual atmosphere
See Mentor Information and Responsibilities for more information

General Questions

33. If I have questions, whom should I contact?

E-mail your questions to ICCE.fellowship@orau.org, or contact Barbara Dunkin, program specialist at 865-574-6440.

If you have questions after you are appointed, contact your mentor, ICCE Program Manager, or ORAU for assistance.