The Mentorship for Environmental Sciences Program (MES)

The Mentorship for Environmental Scholars Program (MES) is a collaboration between Pre-College University and the Department of Energy to provide 10-week summer internships for undergraduate students from underrepresented populations with interests in the STEM fields.


Learn more about ORNLs unique environmental science research facilities:

ORNL participates in the The Mentorship for Environmental Scholars Program.

The MES internship at ORNL aims to connect undergraduate students from underrepresented communities with an impactful experience in the environmental sciences at ORNL’s world-class facilities. This 10-week, on-site program allows for students to connect with fields including biotechnology, computer science, environmental science, business administration, physical science, and engineering.

Summer 2024 applications now closed



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

Eligibility Overview

  • U.S. citizen
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Rising sophomore, junior, or senior from an eligible Minority Serving Institution
  • Pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field, particularly those in environmental science fields

Pay and Allowances


How to Apply

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

Additional Resources

Learn more about ORNL
Learn more about the MES 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]

Explore ORNL

Did you know that ORNL has been a national leader in science and engineering for 80 years? We represent nearly every scientific discipline—from biology to computing to physics and much more. Explore more about What We Do.


Did you know that the world’s fastest supercomputer is located on the ORNL campus? Or that we can 3D print a car? Check out our facilities on Virtual Tours.


With more than 6,000 staff members, someone is always accomplishing something great at ORNL. Read about our latest research at the News Desk.