Are you looking for more information about specific research and non-research internship and fellowship programs offered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education? ORISE manages dozens of programs for the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies that pair students, recent graduates, postdocs and faculty with programs that help grow their STEM expertise and experience.
Below are links to websites created specifically to provide information about these ORISE programs for prospective applicants, as well as for current research participants and the laboratory staff who mentor them.
Are you looking for a career in science and technology as you tackle the nation’s energy, environmental and nuclear challenges? The U.S. Department of Energy provides opportunities for students, postgraduates, senior scientists and faculty researchers to participate in research projects that offer insight into the federal government's role in the creation and implementation of policies that affect energy technology development.
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program encourages undergraduate students to pursue STEM careers by providing research experiences at a participating DOE laboratory/facility. Students perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.
Community College Internship
The Community College Internship program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate in technologies or instrumentation projects supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers at a participating DOE laboratory.
DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program
The Office of Science Graduate Student Research program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities.
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in federal agencies or in U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts.
Visiting Faculty Program
The Visiting Faculty Program seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to DOE mission areas. As part of the program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project.
National Science Bowl
The National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in a wide range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math. The most recent National Science Bowl involved more than 13,000 students and is the only science competition in the United States sponsored by a federal agency.
DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program
The Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program offers recent doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to conduct research in DOE fusion energy research and development programs. Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities.
Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program
The Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program seeks to increase the numbers of minorities with science and engineering experience in areas important to the success of the DOE-Office of Environmental Management mission.
Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program
The Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) offers 10-week summer internships with offices and laboratories throughout the Department of Energy. Imagine yourself at DOE headquarters in Washington D.C., at one of 17 National Laboratories, or at one of many site offices – it takes a lot of different skills to run the DOE, and MEISPP offers internship opportunities for a wide variety of majors and interests. Sponsored by the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, the program partners with eligible minority-serving institutions to help their undergraduate and graduate students “jump-start” their careers and develop their potential for future opportunities within the federal government.
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program, sponsored by DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, is a 10-week summer internship program for students who have completed at least one year of study in a science, technology, engineering, or math major. The program's goal is to improve opportunities for minority and female students in these fields, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
National Energy Technology Laboratory
The National Energy Technology Laboratory offers opportunities to participate in energy-related research through three highly competitive science education programs. Internships are offered for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates; research fellowship programs are available for postdocs; and training programs enable faculty to collaborate with NETL principal investigators on research at state-of-the-art NETL facilities.
Marine and Hydrokinetic Graduate Student Research Program
The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Water Power Technologies Office conducts early-stage research and development to strengthen the body of scientific and engineering knowledge supporting industry efforts to develop new technologies that increase U.S. hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic generation. As a participant, you will conduct research at both your academic institution and at an external hosting facility carrying out research in MHK and supporting the research plan you submit at the time of application.
DOE EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards
The DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Postdoctoral Research Awards support EERE's mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities.
DOE EERE Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
The DOE EERE Science and Technology Policy Fellowships serve as a next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The EERE STP Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly talented scientists and engineers to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C.
DOE Scholars offers unique opportunities for students or post-graduates to learn about the U.S. Department of Energy’s mission and operations in disciplines such as energy security, nuclear security, scientific discovery and innovation, environmental responsibility, and management excellence.
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Science Education and Internship Program
The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management offers students and recent college graduates opportunities to learn about the mission of the DOE-EM office and to receive specialized training and practical experience on the safe cleanup of environmental projects stemming from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored energy research.
EM Graduate Fellowship Program
The EM Graduate Fellowship Program (EMGFP), under the Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management’s Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program, is designed to provide science and engineering students and graduates from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) an opportunity for training and mentorship in targeted technical areas of interest and needs of the DOE-EM workforce.
Office of Technology Transitions Entrepreneurship Program
The Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Entrepreneurship Program provides paid opportunities for undergraduate students to explore and contribute to advances at the intersection of business and innovative technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, computing, data science and biofuels. Students undergo intensive training as they participate at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Headquarters, national laboratories, and other OTT-approved facilities.
The U.S. Department of Defense depends on science, technology, and innovative engineering to carry out their mission of deterring war and protecting the security of the United States. To ensure the robust supply of scientists and engineers to meet the DoD’s future science and technology needs, the ORISE program places individuals from the academic community (students, recent graduates and faculty) in DoD research projects.
ORISE Research Participation Programs at the U.S. Department of Defense
The ORISE Research Participation Programs at DoD feature educational and training programs designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific DoD research and developmental activities.
Repperger Research Intern Program within the Air Force Research Laboratory
To honor the works of Dr. Daniel Repperger, the Repperger Research Intern Program is sponsoring an exciting opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in hands-on research that supports the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's STEM initiatives.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Visiting Scientist Program
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Visiting Scientist Program works with NGA Geospatial R&D Scientists who apply the scientific method in one or more disciplines (e.g., photogrammetry, geodesy, computer science, mathematics, image science, human terrain analysis) to advance geospatial science and enhance agency tradecraft through systematic experimentation and exploration.
University faculty and college students who are looking for a unique research experience that supports America’s efforts to strengthen homeland security should look no further than the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DHS education programs provide opportunities for students and faculty seeking to make an impact on homeland security related projects at federal research facilities across the country. Participants are guided by mentors who transfer knowledge about the mission of DHS and provide access to stimulating projects that enhance professional development.
DHS Professional Opportunities for the Student Workforce to Experience Research (HS-POWER)
The DHS Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors the Professional Opportunities for the Student Workforce to Experience Research (HS-POWER) Program for undergraduate and graduate students. HS-POWER is open to students majoring in a broad spectrum of homeland security related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as DHS mission-relevant research areas. Participants engage in quality research experiences with federal research facilities and other HS-STEM focused entities nationwide either onsite or in a virtual environment.
DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
The purpose of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team (SRT) Program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. This program provides faculty and student research teams with the opportunity to conduct research a university-based DHS Centers of Excellence.
Big Data, Machine Learning, AI for Homeland Security Missions
The DHS Data Analytics Technology Center (DA-TC) conducts research that addresses both strategic and tactical concerns of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Their research seeks to develop new ideas that improve operational efficiency while preserving the privacy and civil rights of individuals. Under the oversight of cognizant Federal personnel, participating researchers have opportunities to learn how to lead tasks, explore new research areas for DHS, and participate in networking opportunities. Researchers represent technical fields and other fields such as Policy, Economics, and Anthropology to enable multi-disciplinary approaches to problem solving.
DHS Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) Visiting Scientist Program
The TSL is a DHS Science and Technology Directorate Federal Laboratory located at the William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, New Jersey. The core mission is to enhance homeland security by performing research, development, and validation of solutions to detect and mitigate the threat of improvised explosive devices. TSL helps protect our nation’s civilian air transportation systems. By virtue of its accomplished experts, state-of-the-art facilities, and partnerships, TSL offers the homeland security community and transportation security partners the ability to advance detection technology from conception to deployment through applied research, test and evaluation, assessment, certification, and system qualification. TSL’s team is internationally recognized for their unique ability to advance technology from conception to deployment through applied research, development, prototyping, test and evaluation, certification, and system qualification.
Are you looking for a rewarding research experience that will enhance your academic expertise and provide an opportunity to collaborate with some of America’s most prestigious scientists and engineers? Whether you are a current college student, recent graduate, a postdoc, or a university faculty member, federal agencies are engaging researchers in opportunities that will build knowledge and confidence in health, environmental protection, food safety, basic science and applied research.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Research Participation Programs at the CDC are educational and training programs designed to provide college students, recent graduates, postdocs and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific CDC research and current public health research initiatives at their facilities in Atlanta, Ga.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Visiting Scientist Program
The Visiting Scientist Program gives applicants the chance to work within the FBI Laboratory, one of the largest and most comprehensive crime labs in the world. Since 1982, the Laboratory’s Research Unit has welcomed college students, postgraduates and faculty and provided them a unique work experience. Program participants perform research in areas of interest unique to law enforcement and national security under the guidance of leading forensic scientists.
Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
The Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program offers scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research in a wide range of topics relevant to the Intelligence Community. The research is conducted by the postdocs, while working in partnership with a research advisor and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence Community.
National Institutes of Health
Research participation programs at the NIH are educational and training programs designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to participate in project-specific NIH research, current public health research, and developmental activities.
National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program
The National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program allows doctoral students in mathematics to participate in internships at national laboratories and other approved facilities and gain first-hand experience using mathematics in a nonacademic setting.
The National Science Foundation National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics Research Ambassadors Program
The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) is the nation’s leading provider of statistical data on the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. NCSES is one of thirteen principal federal statistical agencies, set apart by the mission of collecting data related to U.S. competitiveness and STEM education. NCSES is responsible for statistical data regarding: research and development, the science and engineering workforce, U.S. competitiveness in science, engineering, technology, and R&D, and the condition and progress of STEM education in the United States.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Research Participation Program
The Agricultural Research Service is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency responsible for developing and transferring solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority. The ARS Research Participation Program places researchers in frontline research posts around the nation.
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Research Participation Program
As the Nation's veterinary authority, APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) improves the health, productivity, and quality of life for animals and people, and maintains and promotes the safety and availability of animals, animal products, and veterinary biologics. Our comprehensive and integrated on-farm surveillance activities provide us the capability to achieve national goals for animal disease prevention, detection, and early response.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Research Participation Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable. HRSA programs help those in need of high quality primary health care, people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women and mothers. HRSA also supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and improvements in health care delivery.
U.S. Department of Transportation
Jump start your career with an opportunity at U.S. DOT through an ORISE internship or fellowship. Many transportation research projects hold the potential to benefit multiple aspects of the United States transportation system, and specific projects are most commonly tied to one transportation mode.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The Internship/Research Participation Programs at EPA provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in current environmental research in areas such as air and radiation, water quality, solid waste and emergency response.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The Research Participation Programs at FDA are designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific FDA research and developmental activities at eight different FDA facilities.
U.S. Forest Service Research Participation Program
The U.S. Forest Service Research Participation Programs are educational and training programs designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific USFS research and developmental activities.
U.S. Geological Survey Research Participation Program
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) studies air, water, energy and environments to ensure decision makers and the public know what to do next. They focus on the science to provide timely, relevant, and impartial information for our changing world. Are you ready to jump-start your career with a USGS internship or fellowship in the ORISE Research Participation Program?
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Want to learn more about an ORISE internship or fellowship? Have questions about how the ORISE experience can successfully impact your career path and/or add value to the research opportunities of students or alumni you work with at your organization? If so, contact our team today—we look forward to hearing from you!