Supporting the nation's workforce development mission to ensure availability of future scientists and engineers

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) connects the most talented and diverse students, recent graduates, faculty and educators to programs closely aligned with the interests of a variety of research facilities, including those managed for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and more than a dozen other federal agencies.

ORISE administers a broad range of internships, fellowships, and research experiences available primarily to those pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, including undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, postdocs, and university faculty members. Programs are offered at DOE national laboratories and other federal agencies with research facilities located across the country as well as some locations outside the United States. 

Find Your Opportunity!

You can also identify a program or experience that best suits your needs by choosing the academic classification below that matches your current status:

Undergraduate Research Opportunities
College students currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree; opportunities include summer internships and fellowships taking place during the academic year.

Graduate Research Opportunities
College students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and are currently pursuing a master’s degree or higher.

Recent Graduate Research Opportunities
For those who have recently completed an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree and now seek a position providing practical experience at a federal research facility.

Postdoctoral Research Opportunities
Researchers who have recently completed a Ph.D. and are searching for fellowships or other research opportunities in their area of specialty.

Faculty Research Opportunities
Current college and university faculty looking for collaboration opportunities at national laboratories or other federal research labs; available programs include faculty/student programs, summer research opportunities, and sabbatical experiences.

ORISE STEM Education Programs (by sponsor)
Learn about ORISE's partnerships with prestigious federal research laboratories and agencies that assist university students and faculty who are seeking to advance their science careers. These program websites allow both current and potential participants to learn about the programs in much greater detail.


As graduation looms: Internship or entry-level position?


Kevin Womack was just weeks away from graduation from Morehouse College and a degree in math and computer science; but he had a tough decision to make. Should he accept a position with Google, go directly to work and start earning a paycheck? Or pursue a graduate degree at Columbia with time spent at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as part of the GEM Fellowship Program?

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