For students and recent graduates looking for a unique experience that complements their academic studies, internships are a great way to explore a range of career paths, learn about specific opportunities and practice essential professional skills.
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education helps the best and brightest students, recent graduates and postdocs find fulfilling research and non-research opportunities at U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories and other federal research facilities across the United States.
Finding an internship means polishing your resume; exploring career fairs; and networking with your peers, recruiters and professionals to learn about opportunities in the STEM disciplines that offer hands-on experience. Internships also offer the opportunity to:
- Network. Internships are your best chance to learn from and conduct research side-by-side with a mentor in a career field you're interested in pursuing.
- Get interview ready. Collaborating with mentors and working alongside other professionals helps you hone your interview skills and improve your potential for securing a permanent opportunity in the future!
- Start building your personal brand. Make a lasting impression and get your foot in the door for a future opportunity that interests you. Internships encourage you to meet and learn from a number of industry professionals and also allows the opportunity for them to see your professional interests beyond your resume.
Ready to find the right internship for you? Explore the resources below to become better prepared for a rewarding research experience!