Jump into STEM

The JUMP into STEM Program offers teams of two to four undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to propose a solution for one of the annual challenge topics in building science. Winners of this competition win a 10-week experience with the option to come to ORNL.

JUMP (Join the discussion, Unveil innovation, Make connections, Promote tech-to-market) into STEM is an online, nationwide, building science competition for undergraduate and graduate students at US colleges and universities, supported by the DOE Building Technologies Office and co-managed by ORNL and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), with internship support from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). JUMP into STEM aims to attract bright students from a variety of majors (computer science, mathematics, economics, policy, engineering, engineering education, architecture) to building science. The initiative seeks to inspire the next generation of building scientists, focusing on creative ideation and diversity in the building science field. Through the embedded diversity objective, JUMP into STEM focuses on the inclusion of an interdisciplinary mix of majors and students underrepresented in the building science field. In 2020, JUMP into STEM drew 48 technical solution ideas from 29 schools around the nation.

ORNL participates in the JUMP into STEM Competition.

The JUMP into STEM Program allows teams to draft submissions detailing a solution to one of the challenge topics, which are judged by a panel made of industry, Department of Energy, national lab, and academic experts. Winners in each challenge topic advance to a final competition with a chance to receive a 10-week paid summer internship at a national lab, one of which is ORNL.

Summer 2024 finalists announced December 4, 2023


  • • Competition takes place in the fall/winter
    • Finalists may come to ORNL for:
        • summer only
        • 10 weeks
        • full-time

Eligibility Overview

  • A team is comprised of two to four  students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Ages 18+
    • 0+ GPA
    • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
    • Able to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or immigration status

Pay and Allowances

  • Weekly stipend of $700-$900 dependent on education level
  • $250 weekly housing allowance
  • Up to $1,000 travel reimbursement

How to Apply

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

Additional Resources

Learn more about ORNL.
Learn more about the JUMP 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 program specific questions, email [email protected]

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