Whether you are an undergraduate, graduate student or postdoc, early-career professional development is important to establishing yourself as an expert. The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) provides various resources to address the career planning needs of all research and non-research participants.

How to Submit a Successful Internship/Fellowship Application
With the right strategy, you can also find, apply to, and land the perfect research experience. Here we outline how to find the right opportunities, discuss ways to identify your resources, and provide tips to help you prepare your application.

How to Find Research Funding
Conducting research, presenting findings and fostering collaboration almost always requires financial support. This might include grant writing, paying for travel to a professional conference, or finding a sponsor to fund a research participation program.

What STEM Careers are in High Demand?
ORISE labor trends and workforce studies experts spotlight more than a dozen in-demand STEM career fields identified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career Fairs
For students and recent graduates looking for a unique research experience, career and internships fairs are a great way to explore a range of career paths, learn about specific research opportunities, and practice essential professional skills. ORISE recruiters visit college career and internship fairs every semester to recruit the best and brightest students for STEM internships and other research experiences at U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories and other federal research facilities.

ORISE participants have exclusive access to ORISE Learn, an online training program that features content complementary to the laboratory research experience.

Register for an ORCID
Register for an ORCID to create a unique identifier that you can use throughout your professional and scientific career for reporting your educational, employment and scholarly activities.

Postdocs! Join the National Postdoctoral Association
For PhD students and recent PhD 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.

ORISE in Focus Video Series
The ORISE in Focus videos were created to provide insight into some of STEM’s most interesting professions. Our host for the series is Dr. Ian Anderson, director of the University Research Association Sandia Site Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.