What to Expect During Your Internship or Fellowship

Find out how internships and fellowships can advance your professional goals

Once you've decided on an internship or fellowship opportunity, what can you expect during the experience? The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education is here to help you along your journey. ORISE gives students, recent graduates, and postdocs an opportunity to be paired with a staff scientist who will provide a hands-on research experience at a U.S. national laboratory or federal research center.

One of the key advantages of pursuing an internship or fellowship is the opportunity to "test drive" your career interests. The experience allows you to work alongside scientists and other professionals who provide mentoring, answer questions, and help you learn more about how a career in STEM can further your professional goals.

Check out the resources below to enhance your internship or fellowship experience and prepare you for the next step in your career.

2023 Ignite! Competition winners: Amanda Fanelli de Souza (first place), Madeline Addis (second place), and Samaria Aluko-Estrella (fan favorite)

USDA-ARS fellow wins 2023 ORISE Ignite Off! competition

Amanda Fanelli de Souza, an ORISE postdoctoral fellow in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Participation Program, has been named the winner of the 2023 Ignite Off! competition.

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A female postdoctoral researcher in a laboratory setting

Postdocs! Join the National Postdoctoral Association

For Ph.D. students and recent Ph.D. graduates, one of the perks of being a member of the ORISE community is the opportunity to take advantage of a complimentary five-year membership to the National Postdoc Association (NPA). The NPA is a prestigious professional organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars.

Join the NPA