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.

US Department of Energy Programs

Program
Eligibility
Commitment & Duration

DOE Community College Internships (CCI)

Summer 2023 application closes: January 10, 2023 at 5:00 PM EST

  • Community college student
  • US citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Summer: full-time 10 weeks 
  • Fall/spring: part-time 16 weeks 
DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)
Summer 2023 application closes: January 10, 2023 at 5:00 PM EST
  • Undergraduate students or recent Associate and Bachelor graduates (within 2 years of graduation).
  • US citizen/LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Summer: full-time 10 weeks
  • Fall/spring: full-time 16 weeks
Innovation in Buildings Graduate Research Fellowship (IBuild)
2023 application closes: December 2, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST
  • Enrolled or plan to enroll in master’s or doctorate program
  •  US citizen/LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • 12 months full-time
JUMP into STEM
Team submissions due: November 11, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST
  • Undergraduate or graduate student
  • US citizen/LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Summer: full-time 10 weeks

ORNL Programs

Program
Eligibility
Commitment & Duration
Pathways to Computing Internship Program
Currently accepting applications
  • Undergraduate student
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Summer: full-time 10 weeks
Undergraduate Research Student Internship Program (URSI) 
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until February 15, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST OR until available spaces are filled.
  • Undergraduate student 
  • Recent associate or bachelor’s graduate 
  • US citizen/LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Summer: full-time 10 weeks
  • Fall/spring: full-time or part-time 16 weeks
Technical and Professional Internship Program (TPI)
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until February 15, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST OR until available spaces are filled.
  • Undergraduate student or
  • Recent associate or bachelor’s graduate or
  • Currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral (Ph.D/ J.D) program
  • US citizen/LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Summer: full-time 10 weeks
  • Fall/spring: full-time or part-time 16 weeks

JUMP into STEM

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 undergrad@ornl.gov.