Technical and Professional Internship Program

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Scientific discovery is a team effort. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Technical and Professional Internships Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage with ORNL projects, connect with ORNL researchers and professional staff, and join activities planned for students in the program. Technical and business professionals support achievements in science and technology by helping manage and operate research projects and acivities. As the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, ORNL is a great place to gain experience in information technology, facilities and operations, human resources, legal counsel, communications, finance, health services, and other professional fields.

Program Details

  • Up to 10-week summer internship
  • Full-time participation (40 hours/week)
  • Appointments typically start in June. Dates for individual appointments may be flexible to account for academic calendars and trimester schedules.
  • Fully virtual / remote educational experience


Participants receive a biweekly stipend based on their educational level. Stipend payments are taxable as an educational benefit. There will be a delay after starting before you receive your fist stipend. You should be prepared to cover all personal expenses for the first 30 days of your appointment.

  • Dislocation allowance: One-time payment for a 10-week appointment, deposited near the beginning of the appointment to help offset the costs associated with housing and other living expenses.
  • Stipend: paid bi-weekly.

Relevant qualifications will depend on the specific project of interest.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or US Citizen
  • Degree: Currently pursuing an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree.
  • Overall GPA: 3.00
  • Discipline(s):
    • Business  
    • Communications and Graphics Design  
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences  
    • Earth and Geosciences 
    • Engineering 
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences 
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences 
    • Mathematics and Statistics 
    • Nanotechnology 
    • Other Non-S&E 
    • Other Physical Sciences 
    • Physics  
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences  
  • Age: 18 or older v