Technical and Professional Internships at ornl (TPI)

These Technical and Professional Internships provide the opportunity to be mentored by the world class technical and professional staff who supports ORNL’s mission to “solve the big problems.”


“This program gives undergraduate community college students a great way to experience an advanced laboratory firsthand. This research is very important in building future scientists and starting as early as possible is always key.”—- Former TPI participant

ORNL hosts Technical and Professional Interns.

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory Technical and Professional Internship Program (TPI) provides opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and recent graduates to engage with ORNL projects and connect with ORNL researchers and professional staff. Technical and business professionals support achievements in science and technology by helping manage and operate research projects and activities. As the largest U.S. Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, ORNL is a great place to gain experience in information technology, facilities and operations, human resources, marketing, graphic design, data analytics, cyber security, legal counsel, communications, finance, health services, and many other professional fields.

Fall applications close June 9, 2024 11:50 PM ET.


  • 10–12-week, full-time summer experiences
  • 16–20-week spring or fall experiences:
    • on-site or remote
    • either full or part time (if enrolled in full course load
  • 12-month option for recent graduates 

Eligibility Overview

  • U.S. citizen/LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Meets one of the following requirements:
    • enrolled in an undergraduate institution
    • enrolled in a graduate program
    • graduated with an AS, BS, or MS degree within the last 2 years
    • a recently separated veteran

Pay and Allowances

  • Weekly stipend of $750-950 per week dependent on education level.
  • Housing allowance of $250 per week
  • Up to $1,000 one-time travel reimbursement for round-trip travel to/from the lab if farther 50 miles from Oak Ridge

How to Apply

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

Additional Resources

Learn more about ORNL.

Do you have questions? That’s okay!
For questions about ORNL internships, email [email protected].
For questions about the application process, email [email protected]

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