The Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) provides nuclear engineering research opportunities and associated activities for undergraduate and graduate students.
- Maximize the abilities of students through cooperative research with mentors at a national laboratory
- Increase research opportunities
- Provide a learning environment useful to both national laboratories and students
- Train the next generation of nuclear scientists
- Applications are accepted on a semester basis
- Spring deadline: January 6
- Summer deadline: February 28
- Fall deadline: September 15
- Flexible appointment duration; suggested minimum of 10 weeks in summer with poster session required
- Full-time or part-time research or technical appointments may be offered
- First Year (Freshman) - $529/week
- Second Year (Sophomore) - $593/week
- Third Year (Junior) - $653/week
- Fourth Year (Senior) - $726/week
- Master’s Student - $863/week
- Ph.D. Student - $935/week
- Class status is defined by the college/university and is based on completion prior to ORNL report date.
- $150 housing allowance if permanent address is at least 50 miles from Oak Ridge. Learn more about Housing for ORNL Research Participants.
- Up to $500 each way for travel reimbursement to and from Oak Ridge, if permanent address is at least 50 miles from Oak Ridge.
- Be a full- or part-time student enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university in a nuclear engineering, science, or eligible related degree –OR– a community college student working towards an Associate of Science or Associate of Engineering degree. If graduating with a degree before or during the appointment period, must provide proof on continuing education in an accredited degree-seeking program.
- Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale - copy of academic record required
- Be 18 years or older
- No citizenship requirement
- Have medical insurance during appointment - verification required
- Have two references - one academic preferred
- Complete program requirements, and avoid activities that could present a conflict
- Participate in a required poster presentation and all associated activities (if attending in the summer)
- Attend optional enrichment activities (with mentor approval), including professional development workshops, Laboratory tours, lectures, and seminars
- Behave in a responsible and professional manner
- Complete pre- and post-appointment surveys
|NESLS Internship Term||Spring||Summer||Fall|
|Deadline*||January 6||February 28||September 15|
*Applications are subject to change each year.