The Next Generation STEM Internship Program (NEXTGENS) affords rising juniors and seniors from high schools or accredited home school programs in Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon and Roane counties the opportunity to participate in STEM or STEM-related projects with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Selected applicants will participate beginning June 1 through July 24, 2020. Students are expected to participate 40 hours per week. A maximum of five days (without stipend) may be missed during the appointment period, if necessary, for other commitments.

Program benefits include:

To be eligible, applicants must:

Participant Obligations:

Electronic applications, including two submitted recommendations*, must be submitted through the Zintellect application system and are due by February 7, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

*Only applications with recommendations submitted from a principal and STEM teacher (curriculum coordinator for home school students) by the deadline will be considered for selections.

For additional information, please contact Julie Malicoat at

Podcast: Former NEXTGENS participant talks about her experience at ORNL

Julia Steed is a senior at Oak Ridge High School. She spent part of her summer alongside Catherine Schuman, a research scientist who specializes in artificial intelligence at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Steed’s experience in the Next Generation STEM Internship Program at ORNL has fueled her interest in computer science. She and Schuman discuss the research they conducted, the importance of mentorship for young scientists and the importance of the NEXTGENS program.

Listen to the Podcast!

Julia Steed