DOE internship and fellowship programs provide students and faculty with experience at its top research laboratories

Are you looking for a career in science and technology as you tackle the nation’s energy, environmental and nuclear challenges? The U.S. Department of Energy provides opportunities for students, postgraduates, senior scientists and faculty researchers to participate in research projects that offer insight into the federal government's role in the creation and implementation of policies that affect energy technology development.

Below are links to websites created specifically to provide information about these ORISE programs both for prospective applicants as well as for current research participants and the laboratory staff who mentor them.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship
The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue STEM careers by providing research experiences at a participating DOE laboratory/facility. Students perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Community College Internship
The Community College Internship (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate in technologies or instrumentation projects supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers at a participating DOE laboratory.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program
The Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities.

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in federal agencies or in U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts.

Visiting Faculty Program
The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to DOE mission areas. As part of the program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project.

National Science Bowl
The National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in a wide range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math. The most recent National Science Bowl involved more than 13,000 students and is the only science competition in the United States sponsored by a federal agency.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The Science Education Programs at ORNL provide a wide variety of research experiences for students from K-12 to university students from undergraduates to postdocs as well as university faculty all at the historic ORNL facilities in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program
The Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program offers recent doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to conduct research in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) fusion energy research and development programs. Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities.

Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program
The Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program seeks to increase the numbers of minorities with science and engineering experience in areas important to the success of the DOE-Office of Environmental Management mission.

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program, sponsored by DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, is a 10-week summer internship program for students who have completed at least one year of study in a science, technology, engineering, or math major. The program's goal is to improve opportunities for minority and female students in these fields, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

National Energy Technology Laboratory
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) offers opportunities to participate in energy-related research through three highly competitive science education programs. Internships are offered for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates; research fellowship programs are available for postdocs; and training programs enable faculty to collaborate with NETL principal investigators on research at state-of-the-art NETL facilities.

Solar Energy Innovators Program
The Solar Energy Innovators Program supports early-stage research and development to improve the flexibility and performance of solar technologies that contribute to a reliable and resilient U.S. electric grid. This program is supported by The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO). 

Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program
The Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program supports early career innovators with fresh ideas and innovative approaches to address fundamental hard technology manufacturing challenges. Hard technology is defined as physical devices. With support from the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and in collaboration with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), you will have a unique opportunity to advance your early stage concept to a potentially commercialize-able opportunity with support from mentors at the UAF and at a participating Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory.

Marine and Hydrokinetic Graduate Student Research Program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) conducts early-stage research and development (R&D) to strengthen the body of scientific and engineering knowledge supporting industry efforts to develop new technologies that increase U.S. hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) generation. As a participant, you will conduct research at both your academic institution and at an external hosting facility carrying out research in MHK and supporting the research plan you submit at the time of application.

Artificial Intelligence Summer Institute
The Artificial Intelligence Summer Institute (AISI) will collaborate with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists on solving problems of national and scientific interest, engage in educational and professional development opportunities, explore career opportunities at national laboratories, and interact with and present their research to ORNL’s scientists. 

Pathways to Computing Internship Program
The Pathways to Computing Internship Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a 10-week summer program that provides undergraduate students with research projects in computer science, computational science, and mathematics. Students will learn under the direction of ORNL research staff and will participate on projects in diverse domains including computer science, health data science, and climate science. Selected interns will have access to ORNL’s leadership-class facilities, including Summit, the world’s most powerful supercomputer.

DOE EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards
The DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Awards support EERE's mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities.

DOE EERE Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
The DOE EERE Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships serve as a next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The EERE STP Fellowships provide an opportunity for highly talented scientists and engineers to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C.

DOE Scholars
DOE Scholars offers unique opportunities for students or post-graduates to learn about the U.S. Department of Energy’s mission and operations in disciplines such as energy security, nuclear security, scientific discovery and innovation, environmental responsibility, and management excellence.

Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Science Education & Internship Program
The Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management offers students and recent college graduates opportunities to learn about the mission of the DOE-EM office and to receive specialized training and practical experience on the safe cleanup of environmental projects stemming from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored energy research.