Undergraduate Student Opportunities

ORNL undergraduate research opportunities address ORNL’s scientific mission: materials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology, and national security. 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.

DOE Programs

Program
Eligibility
Duration
Commitment
  • Community college students only
  • US citizen/Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Min. credit hours

10 weeks
Summer

16 weeks 
Fall or Spring

Full-time

Part-time

  • Undergraduate student
  • Recent Associate and Bachelor’s Graduates. The time period between receipt of an undergraduate degree and starting the SULI term must be two years or less.
  • US citizen/LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA

10 weeks
Summer

16 weeks
Fall or Spring

Full-time

  • Enrolled or plan to enroll in master’s or doctorate program

12 months

Full-time

Challenges close: November 12, 2021 at 11:59 ET

  • Undergraduate or graduate student
  • US citizen/LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA

10 weeks
Summer

Full-time

ORNL Programs

Program
Eligibility
Duration
Commitment
  • Undergraduate student
  • 3.0+ GPA

10 weeks

Full-time

  • Undergraduate student
  • Be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident at the time of application
  • 3.0+ GPA

10 weeks
Summer

Full-time

  • Undergraduate student
  • US citizen/LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA

10 weeks
Summer

Full-time

  • Selected GEM fellows (enrolled or plan to enroll in MS or PhD program)
  • US citizen/LPR

10 weeks
Summer

Full-time

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.