Graduate Research Student Internships - Summer 2023

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
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Application Deadline
2/15/2023 5:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Program Topics

ORNL boasts state-of-the-art capabilities across a wide range of scientific and engineering disciplines, including  materials science and engineeringcomputer and computational scienceneutron scatteringneutron science and technologybiological and environmental researchnational securitiesnuclear physics and engineeringfusion and fission science and technology, and energy efficiency and renewable energy (building technologiesadvanced manufacturingtransportation technologies).

Oak Ridge is also the place to be for scientists and engineers who want to be leaders in their disciplines while addressing challenging problems in a multidisciplinary environment. Our researchers work in laboratories with world-class, often unique, facilities including the Spallation Neutron SourceHigh Flux Isotope ReactorCenter for Nanophase Materials SciencesOak Ridge Leadership Computing FacilityNational Transportation Research CenterManufacturing Demonstration FacilityBuildings Technologies Research and Innovation CenterCenter for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, and many more. Many research groups are cross-disciplinary and projects may be supported by multiple Divisions and Directorates.

Program Details

  • Ten-week summer internship
  • Full-time participation (40 hours/week)
  • Appointments will start on May 22, 2023 and will end on July 28, 2023. Dates for individual appointments may be flexible to account for academic calendars.
  • Appointments will be conducted on-site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.


Students must be a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) at the time of application.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a Master's or Doctoral degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university and continuing into the upcoming semester
    • Applicant must be currently taking graduate level classes or have completed the first term in a graduate program.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be 18 years of age.

Application Review and Appointment Offer Process

  • Applications are reviewed directly by ORNL researchers with an available project.
  • Selections and appointment offers will be made on a rolling basis.
  • Selected students must respond to their offer within ten (10) days of receipt of the offer.

During the Appointment

  • Appointments require a commitment to the research program at ORNL. The participant's research must be conducted in a manner and according to a time schedule that meets the overall research needs of ORNL.

  • Participants may also have the opportunity to collaborate on manuscripts and/or to join conferences, poster sessions, and other opportunities to present or publish their research.

  • Deliverables

    • All GRSI participants are required to submit an appointment reflection and present a poster or technical talk at the end of the program.

  • Stipends

    • Participants receive a biweekly stipend based on their educational level. Stipend payments are taxable as an educational benefit. There will be a delay after starting before you receive your fist stipend. You should be prepared to cover all personal expenses for the first 30 days of your appointment.

      • Stipend range: $850 to $950 per week (paid bi-weekly)
      • Housing: Housing assistance will be provided.
  • Travel
    • Eligible participants whose permanent address is more than 50 miles from ORNL will receive a travel reimbursement of up to $1,000 for round-trip domestic travel to and from ORNL.


All awards and active participation in the program are contingent upon security access approval to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, agreement with the Terms of Appointment, and completion of all contingencies in the offer letter. All contingencies of an appointment offer must be met before the applicant can begin an appointment.

  • Students are subject to DOE clearance approval for laboratory access.
  • GRSI participants are required to have coverage under a health insurance plan and must provide proof of such coverage. It is your responsibility to secure insurance coverage before arriving at the appointment site.

The application will require:

  • Profile information
  • Educational details (i.e. dates of attendance/graduation, GPAs, majors, etc.)
  • Relevant Experience
  • Awards and honors
  • Statement of Purpose: goals, experience, skills, and personal information
  • Research areas of interest
  • An updated resume or CV, 2 page limit (.pdf upload)
  • Academic records - For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of academic records may be submitted showing name, school name, current/enrolled classes, and GPA (.pdf upload)
  • Contact information for recommenders, including current email addresses. Recommendation letters should address the applicant’s academic record and potential for success in a STEM internship, as indicated by demonstrated by intellectual merit, research/technical, communication, and teamwork skills. Applicants must provide one letter from a faculty member and the other from a professional contact of their choice.

All documents must be submitted via Zintellect. All application components must be completed and received in the system in order to be considered.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until February 15, 2023 at 5:00 PM EST OR until available spaces are filled.

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Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree.
  • Overall GPA: 3.00
  • Discipline(s):
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (48 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Other S&E-Related (2 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (28 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age

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