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Energy storage technology holds the key to ushering in the electric vehicle transformation and in creating the grid of the future with integrated resiliency and flexibility. Today’s battery technology is not enough. Newer chemistries, battery designs, and manufacturing processes are needed to usher changes in energy storage that can fundamentally transform the world and lead to the birth of new industries.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Energy Storage Internship Program offers 10-week, hands-on, practical internships at U.S. national laboratories. Participants will conduct research or other technical activities under the guidance of a mentor who is a technical staff scientist or engineer at a national laboratory.
Why should I apply?
As a participant in the EERE Energy Storage Internship Program, you will gain a competitive edge as you apply your education, talent, and skills to research and development projects focused on energy storage. You will also be able to establish connections with DOE scientists and subject matter experts that promote long-term relationships between yourself, researchers, and DOE.
What will I be doing?
Internship activities will vary based on the assigned research project and hosting facility. You have the opportunity to choose the project you're most interested in for the summer! As part of your application, you will identify your top 3 research projects from the 2022 Energy Storage Project Catalog. You can review the catalog here: ***https://orise.orau.gov/AMOsummer/energy-storage/default.html*** by scrolling to the bottom of the webpage. The project catalog will be updated on an ongoing basis throughout the application period. All available projects will be listed no later than 2 weeks prior to the close of the application period.
Stipend: Based on academic level at the start of your internship appointment.
Undergraduate students, and post-bachelors receive $700 per week
Masters students or post- masters receive $900 per week
Doctoral students and postdoctoral receive $1000 per week
Training/Research Allowance: Up to $250 to offset relevant costs, such as fees for submitting research for publication, access to relevant training, etc.
In response to the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, hosting sites may modify their operation schedule and access to facilities to ensure the health and safety of their entire workforce while maintaining operational effectiveness. Hence, the appointment date and location are subject to change contingent on hosting site guidelines and may result in a virtual placement.
Review and Selection Process
Nature of Appointment
Participants will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOE, or hosting laboratory. Instead, participants will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE Letter of Appointment and Terms of Appointment.
The strong university and national laboratory-led research and development (R&D) community in the U.S. coupled with a growing industrial community from material suppliers to cell makers, auto manufactures, and utilities supports an innovation ecosystem with the potential to ensure that new lab-based technologies move to industrial production. This community has thrived with multiple DOE Offices nurturing different parts of the ecosystem: from fundamental science to application-driven science, to manufacturing science. However, much remains to be done to take full advantage of this core expertise.
The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is dedicated to improving energy and material efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness of manufacturers across the industrial sector. AMO and VTO bring together manufacturers, not-for-profit entities, research organizations, and institutions of higher education to identify challenges; catalyze innovations; and develop innovative materials, processes, and information technologies needed for an efficient and competitive domestic manufacturing sector.
The Vehicles Technology Office has been supporting research on electric batteries but there is an interest in exploring other aspects of energy storage. Learn more: https://www.energy.gov/eere/vehicles/batteries-charging-and-electric-vehicles.
In order to be considered, applicants must meet each of the following criteria:
Eligible disciplines can be found in the list below.
A complete application consists of:
Submitted documents must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system. All documents must be submitted via Zintellect. All application components must be received in the system in order to be considered.
If you have questions, please send an email to AMO.Internships@orise.orau.gov. Please list the reference code [EERE-EnergyStorage-2022] for this opportunity in the subject line of your email.
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