GEM Fellow Internship Program at ORNL (GEM)

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The GEM Fellow Internship Program at ORNL is a very selective program, offering high-level technical opportunities to fellows of the National GEM Consortium. GEM Participants conduct research in areas that support ORNL missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and environment. Appointments are possible in any of the current research and development programs at the Laboratory. To be eligible for the GEM Fellow Internship Program at ORNL, a student must first be awarded a fellowship by the National GEM Consortium then be invited to an internship at ORNL. Any questions on this process may be directed to


  • Applications to the National GEM Consortium Fellowship are typically open from early July through early November
  • Selection Committee review and selections take place December – February
  • Invitations to an internship at ORNL are typically sent February – March
  • Appointments are full-time for 10 weeks during the summer
  • Participants engage in research or technical projects related to DOE’s ongoing research and development programs under the guidance of Laboratory staff scientists or engineers


  • Monthly stipend
  • Dislocation allowance (one-time payment) to help off-set costs associated with housing during the appointment period. 
  • Professional development workshops and activities for the GEM Fellow cohort
  • Possible funding to travel to and present at the National GEM Conference in September


  • Fellowship recipient of the National GEM Consortium
  • U.S. citizen or LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Have medical insurance during the appointment – verification required


  • Participants must avoid activities that could present a conflict of interest
  • Participants must behave in a responsible and professional manner
  • Participants must complete pre- and post-appointment surveys
  • Participants must prepare and present a technical presentation
  • Participants must submit a final report at the end of their appointment