The Gem fellowship at ornl (GEM)

This highly selective program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering through mentorship in one of ORNL’s current research or technical programs.

This internship has changed the trajectory of my career… the doors for my career have been opened wide, and now I have experience in cellular biology topics, which allows my work to be applicable in fields that are interdisciplinary, such as horticulture, agricultural engineering, and plant biology.”-Former GEM participant.

ORNL participates in the The GEM Fellowship Program

The GEM Fellow Internship Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is an extremely selective program, offering high-level technical opportunities to fellows of the National GEM Consortium. The mission of the National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in engineering and science. These 10-week, on-site summer appointments are possible in any of the research and development programs at ORNL. During these experiences GEM Fellows engage in research or technical projects related to DOE’s research mission under the guidance of ORNL staff scientists and engineers


Summer 2024 applications are now closed. 




  • Summer only
  • Full-time
  • 10-12 weeks
  • On-site

Eligibility Overview

To participate in the GEM Fellow Internship Program at ORNL, a student must first be awarded a fellowship by the National Gem Consortium and then be invited to an internship at ORNL.




Pay and Allowances

  • Bi-weekly stipend of $950
  • Weekly housing allowance of $250
  • Inbound/outbound travel reimbursement if permanent address is more than 50 miles from Oak Ridge
  • Possible funding to travel to and present at the National GEM Conference in September

How to Apply

Check application opening and closing dates.
Apply on the GEM website.
Connect with an ORNL mentor

Additional Resources

Learn more about ORNL
Learn more about The GEM Fellowship Program.

Do you have questions? That’s okay!

For questions about ORNL internships, email [email protected].
For questions about the application process, email [email protected].
For questions about the GEM Fellowship Program, email [email protected].

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