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.
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.
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.
Review and Selection Process
Completed applications will undergo an eligibility and compliance check by ORISE. Hosting laboratories will review applications based on educational background, experience, interests, skills, career goals, and fit for projects. Hosting laboratories will submit their recommended candidates to EERE. Final selection will be made by a federal official from EERE. EERE will notify ORISE of final selections and ORISE will notify selected candidates and hosting laboratories.
Nature of Appointment
Participants will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DHS, 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.
For more information, contact us at DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov. Please list the reference code of this opportunity in the subject line of the email.
In order to be considered, applicants must meet each of the following criteria:
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.