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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 OTT Entrepreneurship Program supports OTT’s mission by training the next generation of entrepreneurs while simultaneously recruiting talent for the DOE and the national labs in order to advance commercialization.

Why should I apply?

You will:

  • Participate in and contribute to OTT mission-related research, technical and policy activities under the guidance of technology transfer experts and/or OTT staff.
  • Learn and collaborate with Technology Transfer specialists at OTT-approved facilities working on commercialization efforts related to the OTT mission, and establish long-term relationships between yourself, technology transfer experts, and OTT staff.
  • Gain deep insight into the federal government's role in the creation and implementation of policies that will affect energy technology development.
  • Enhance your education and training in OTT-related fields and increase your future marketability in these disciplines.

Am I Eligible?

You must meet the following to be eligible for an internship:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by June 1.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. For non-U.S. citizens, appointments are contingent upon having a valid immigration status. Selected candidates must provide suitable documentation to verify status at the time appointment is accepted.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student pursuing a degree in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, or business with an interest in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. You must provide proof of enrollment at the time of application. Candidates selected for an internship appointment will be required to provide proof of enrollment for Spring term.
  • Have coverage under a health insurance plan during the appointment. Selected candidate must provide proof of such coverage before the appointment start date.
  • Be available to participate in a 10-12 week appointment starting on or about June 1. Length of the appointment will depend on the project assignment and mentor and candidate’s availability.


What are the benefits?

  • Stipend: $700 per week
  • Travel: Up to $1,000 for inbound and outbound transportation expenses for participants who relocate more than fifty miles, one-way
  • Housing Allowance: $150 per week for participants who relocate more than 50 miles. You will be responsible for securing your own living space and determining your means of local transportation prior to arriving at the designated hosting site. Hosting facilities may provide assistance locating appropriate housing.

 Virtual Appointments

In response to the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, appointments may be hosted virtually.

  • At Sandia National Lab, Kai conducted an environmental scan to identify collaboration and tech transfer opportunities within industry and government for low technology readiness level security (TRL) technologies.

  • At Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Herra studied the commercial utility of a process to create ultra-thin composite and conductive membranes that would allow users to control the thinness of the membrane.

  • QuoVadis participated on a project with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on a commercialization plan for sense-and-avoid technology in autonomous ground vehicles.

  • Corban participated on a project with Sandia National Laboratories focusing on commercializing a quantum computing and sensing portfolio.

  • Deema participated on a project with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on methods for pretreating ensiled cellulosic biomass for efficient extraction of sugars and lignin.

Application Requirements



A complete application consists of:

  • Profile Information
  • Program Specific Questions (goals, experiences, and skills relevant to the OTT Entrepreneurship Program)
    • Goals: Please list your personal, educational, and professional goals and interests and explain how this opportunity may enable you to achieve those. Describe any experiences or situations that you feel have influenced your interest.
    • Experience: Please list any research, technical and/or professional experience that was focused on (1) technology development; (2) technology commercialization; and (3) entrepreneurship.
    • Skills: Please list your professional/technical skills and abilities that are relevant to this opportunity, including knowledge/skills related to specialized laboratory equipment or techniques, computer hardware, software, or computer languages and/or applications.
  • Resume (PDF)
  • Transcripts/Academic Records - Unofficial transcripts or copies of the student academic records printed by you or an academic advisors from internal institutional systems may be submitted. Transcript or academic records must clearly show your name, name of the academic institution, enrollment during the fall academic term, in progress/completed courses, grades, most recent cumulative GPA, and degree in progress. Documents must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system.
  • Academic or Professional Recommendation - Recommendation should address your academic record and potential for success in an appointment, such as demonstrated intellectual merit, communication and teamwork skills. Recommenders will be asked to submit a recommendation in Zintellect. Letters of recommendation submitted via email will not be accepted.


  • All documents must be submitted via Zintellect. All application components must be received in the system in order to be considered.
  • Do not forget to check the status of your recommendation. You may check the status of your recommendation at any time from your Zintellect Dashboard. You may request more than one recommendation but only the first one received will be attached to your application. Your application is not available for consideration until your application is completed with a recommendation.

Program Details

  • Application Selection

    Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and compliance before moving forward to the merit review and final selection.

    OTT will review applications for merit and relevance, and make final selections. OTT may conduct interviews with candidates before making final selections. ORISE will notify you if selected for the program.  Formal offers will be sent through Zintellect.

  • Hosting Facilities

    Available opportunities may be available at OTT headquarters, DOE national laboratories and other OTT-approved facilities across the United States.   

    Internship assignments at hosting facilities will be determined by OTT.

  • Conditions of the Appointment

    Information on commitment, health insurance, reporting and policies.

    Verification of enrollment: At the time appointment is accepted, you must provide proof of enrollment during Spring academic term. Proof may include one of the following:

    • Letter from authorized academic department official or other document issued/authorized by the academic institution confirming your enrollment. Letter or document must include your name and official university markings such as the registrar’s signature, university logo or stamp, letterhead or watermark, signature of the authorized official, etc.
    • Copy of the official transcript issued by the Registrar’s Office including official university markings such as the registrar’s signature, university logo or stamp, letterhead or watermark, etc. Transcript must include courses in progress during the Spring academic term.

    Length of Appointment: Internships will be for 10-12 consecutive weeks beginning on or about June 1, 2022.  Alternate dates may be considered depending on your class schedules, housing availability and facility schedules. Appointments may also be extended upon request from the hosting facilities and approval from OTT.

    Full-time commitment: You will be expected to commit to full-time participation at the assigned hosting facility for the period specified in your letter of appointment. Part-time appointments may be possible to accommodate the participant and mentor schedules.  

    Health insurance: You are required to have health insurance coverage during your appointment period and to provide proof of coverage prior to the start of your internship.

    Written Report and Feedback Form: You will be required to write a final report about your internship experience and complete an online feedback form to help assess the effectiveness of the program.

    Investor Pitch Competition: At the end of the internship, you will be asked to create and deliver a 10-minute team presentation. These presentations will be judged by a panel of experts in technology commercialization.

    Policies/regulations of the Hosting Facility: You will be required to adhere to the existing policies, regulations and procedures of your hosting facility including security clearance, health and safety requirements. Appointments are subject to confirmation from the assigned hosting facility that you have access to the facilities and resources.

  • Application Cycle

    Timeline for the 2022 Application Year

    2022 Application Year

    Online Applications Open

    November, 2021

    Application Deadline

    January 3, 2022, 8:00 am Eastern Time Zone

    Applicants should not contact research facilities/mentors after the application deadline.

    Recommendation Deadline

    January 10, 2022, 8:00 am Eastern Time Zone

    Application Review

    January 2022

    • ORISE completes eligibility and compliance review.
    • OTT makes final selections.

    Selection Notification

    January/February 2022

    • ORISE notifies candidates after receiving OTT approval.
    • Students return required forms to ORISE.

    Project Assignment Notifications

    March 2022

    • Students are notified of their final assignments.
    • Selected candidates contact hosting facilities to coordinate access to facilities and resources and to ensure internship dates are appropriate for the student as well as the mentor.

    Internship Period

    June – August 2022

    Selected candidates complete their internships as scheduled. Participants are expected to be at the assigned facility for the specified term and avoid obligations that will interrupt their appointment.

  • Nature of Appointment

    This program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

    Interns do not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, OTT, or hosting laboratory. Instead, interns are affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

This section includes frequently asked questions about the OTT Entrepreneurship Program.

  • To be considered you must be pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or business with an interest in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.

  • To apply, you may upload unofficial transcripts or copies of the student academic records printed from internal institutional systems. If selected, you will have to provide official documentation as proof of enrollment as detailed here.

  • Yes. Editing an application requires you to unsubmit your application. You must re-submit your application before the opportunity closes to be considered for the opportunity. Please ensure that the application status shows as Submitted - complete in your dashboard by the deadline.

  • If you have requested a recommendation from someone previously, he/she will get another request for recommendation and will have the option to reuse the prior recommendation or customize the recommendation for this opportunity.

  • No, all recommendations must be submitted via Zintellect. If your recommender has problems submitting a recommendation on your behalf, please ask him/her to contact us at

  • No. Candidates must be enrolled during the Spring term to participate in the program. You must provide proof of enrollment during Spring academic term at the time appointment is accepted.

  • Yes. If selected, you must provide proof of enrollment during Spring academic term at the time appointment is accepted.

  • You can express interest in a particular site, but you are not guaranteed that an offer will come from that site. OTT considers educational background, expressed interest, and project availability when assigning participants to projects and facilities.

Questions? Contact Us

General Questions/Information


Igrid Rosario Gregory
Group Manager

Anna Hawkins
Program Specialist

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