Undergraduate Student Opportunities

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ORNL undergraduate research opportunities address ORNL’s scientific mission: materials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology, and national security. All internships come with a stipend. Explore the opportunities and apply today for a high-impact internship experience!

Application deadlines vary by program. Click on the program name to learn more about each opportunity.

Year Round Programs

DOE Community College Internship (CCI)

Community College Internships at ORNL help connect community college students to opportunities to gain experience in technical fields in Spring, Summer and Fall terms.


  • Community College Student

  • US citizen / LPR

  • GPA 3.0+

  • Age 18+

DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)


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. New challenges will be published in August 2021 and submittals will be due on November 12, 2021, with the final event to be hosted at ORNL on January 27–28, 2022.

For more information about undergraduate opportunities, please email education@ornl.gov.