Department of Energy Community College INternships (CCI)

Community College Internships at ORNL help connect community college students to opportunities to gain experience in technical fields in spring, summer and fall terms. 


I greatly enjoyed my time working at ORNL. I had the opportunity to engage with a new area of research and learn a lot about the work environment here. I fully intend to apply for a position at ORNL after completing my studies.”- Former ORNL Intern

ORNL participates in the Department of Energy Community College Internships (CCI)

The Community College Internships (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical and engineering training experiences. As the largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, ORNL is a great place to gain experience in information technology, facilities and operations, human resources, marketing, graphic design, data analytics, cybersecurity, legal counsel, communications, finance, health services, and many other professional fields.

Fall 2024 applications close May 22,2024 5:00 ET


  • Full time and take place in-person on the ORNL campus.
  • Spring and fall experiences are 16 weeks.
  • Summer experiences are 10 weeks.
  • All these opportunities offer the ability to extend your experience.

Eligibility Overview

  • Community college student
  • US citizen / LPR
  • GPA 3.0+
  • Age 18+

Pay and Allowances

  • Weekly stipend of $650
  • Housing allowance of $250 per week
  • Up to $500 round-trip travel reimbursement to/from the lab if you live farther than 50 miles from Oak Ridge

How to Apply

Check application opening and closing dates

Apply on the CCI website.

Connect with an ORNL mentor


Additional Resources

Learn more about ORNL.
Learn more about the CCI 


Do you have questions? That’s okay!
For questions about ORNL internships, email [email protected].

For questions about the application process: [email protected]

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