Graduate Research STUDENT Internships

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The ORNL Graduate Research Student Internship (GRSI) program provides research opportunities that complement academic programs by utilizing the unique resources and mentorship provided by world-class scientists and engineers to enhance STEM education, encourage careers in science and technology, and improve scientific literacy.

Spring 2024 applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until October 23rd, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST OR until available spaces are filled.

Commitment & Duration

  • Summer: full-time 10-12 weeks
  • Fall/spring: full-time or part-time 16-20 weeks

Part-time option only applies to students who are enrolled full-time in college.


  • U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) at the time of application
  • Currently enrolled as a full-time student in a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university at the time of applying
  • 18+ years old at the start of the internship
  • Minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Participants are required to have coverage under a health insurance plan and must provide proof of such coverage 
  • Stipend of $950 per week (paid bi-weekly)
  • Housing allowance of $250 per week (paid bi-weekly)
  • Eligible participants whose permanent address is more than 50 miles from ORNL will receive a travel reimbursement of up to $1,000 for round-trip domestic travel to and from ORNL

As a part of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the GRSI program is committed to increasing diversity among interns and staff. We believe the teams required to solve the nation’s most pressing science challenges are those that bring together a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. The Laboratory looks forward to receiving applications representing diverse experience levels and backgrounds.