Stipend Information

You will receive a stipend as support for your living and other expenses during this educational experience. Stipend rates are determined by the EERE Robotics Internship Program and based on your educational level, skills, and experience.

Pay Schedule

Stipends are paid every two weeks according to the schedule provided to you at time of appointment. You should be prepared to cover all expenses for the first 30 days of your internship.

Direct Deposit

ORISE requires you to register for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), i.e., direct deposit, for stipend payments. Stipend payments may only be electronically deposited to one account and not to separate accounts.

EFT requires you to have a U.S. bank account; funds cannot be transferred to foreign institutions.

Health Insurance

You are required to maintain health insurance throughout the duration of your appointment.

Other Sources of Income

Because the educational benefits of the appointment are the primary focus of the program, you may not provide services for compensation to a third party that conflict with your appointment. Awards, prizes, scholarships, Veterans Administration benefits, and other payments may be accepted provided they do not represent dual payment for the same activity.

Taxability of Stipends

For information on tax liabilities and how to file federal tax forms, please contact a licensed tax professional in your jurisdiction. We recommend that you provide your tax preparer with a copy of the letter of appointment and ORISE Terms of Appointment.

Federal Income Tax

All stipend payments paid by ORAU/ORISE directly to you are considered taxable by the U.S. federal government; therefore it is your responsibility to report these payments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Because you are not an employee, your stipend payments are not considered wages and should not be reported as such. Stipend payments are made to help defray living expenses while you are engaged in the EERE Robotics Internship Program. For IRS purposes, these payments are considered non-qualified scholarships and fellowships (not tuition and fees).  For information on how to report this amount on your federal tax return, refer to IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, which can be downloaded from or requested at 1-800-829-3676.

You will not have federal taxes withheld by ORAU/ORISE from your stipend payments and can expect to receive an annual Statement of Payments letter from ORAU. Designed to help with tax preparation, this statement will be sent by February and will include the total amount of payments made by ORAU\ORISE to you during the previous calendar year.

Other Taxes

Stipend payments are awards (not wages); therefore, ORAU/ORISE does not withhold Social Security or Medicare taxes. You are not self-employed, and therefore do not pay self-employment taxes. ORAU/ORISE also does not withhold state income tax.