Skip to content

Undergraduate Student Opportunities at ORNL

Are you ready for a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) research experience with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s prestigious scientists and engineers? Are you looking for an internship opportunity with a research or technical focus? If you are an undergraduate student at a college or university, with an interest in STEM, ORNL may be the place for you!

All of the programs on this page are limited to students who have been accepted to, or are currently attending, an institution of higher education in the United States. You must be at least 18 years old by the first day of your appointment.

Click on the program name to learn more about each one.

Program Eligibility Duration Commitment
DOE Community College Internship (CCI)
  • Community College Students Only
  • U.S. Citizen/LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Min. Credit Hrs
10-week, Fall or Spring Full-time
DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)
  • Undergraduate Student
  • Academic Status of Sophomore or higher
  • U.S. Citizen/LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA
10-week, Summer 
16-week, Fall or Spring
Full-time
Great Lakes Colleges Association/Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Oak Ridge Science Semester (ORSS)
  • Undergraduate Student
  • U.S. Citizen/LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Open to Select Universities
16-week, Fall Full-time
Higher Education Research Experience - Entering Freshman (HERE)
  • Entering College Freshman Only
  • U.S. High School Diploma
  • U.S. Citizen/LPR
  • 2.5+ GPA
Summer between high school and college Full-time or
part-time
Higher Education Research Experiences - Undergraduates (HERE)
  • Undergraduate Student
  • U.S. Citzen/LPR
  • 2.5+ GPA
Flexible terms Full-time or part-time
IACMI Internship Program
  • Current Undergraduate Student
  • 3.2+ GPA
  • 18 years old at the time of appointment
  • United States citizen
10-week, Summer Full-time
Laboratory Technology (Lab Tech) Program - Undergraduates
  • Undergraduate Student
  • U.S. Citizen/LPR
  • Min. Credit Hrs
Up to 5 years, depending on academic level Full-time or part-time
Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) - Undergraduates
  • Undergraduate Student
  • No Citizenship Requirement
  • 3.0+ GPA
Flexible terms; 10-week minimum suggested in summer Full-time or part-time
ORNL Challenge
  • Undergraduate Student
  • Junior or Senior at application (60 semester credits, or equivalent)
  • 18 years old at time of appointment
  • Submission of a Challenge Solution (see program site for details)
  • No Citizenship Requirement
10-week, Summer Full-time
ORNL Intern Daniel Enciso

Daniel Enciso

Computer Engineering, Undergraduate
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Research:

“I am helping develop a user-interface and data tools to help analysts decompose the supply chain of more than 100 strategic materials, also known as rare earth elements. They Strategic Materials Analysis & Reporting Topography (SMART) computational system will enable analysts to quickly discover new leads and information with high-impact factors in an intuitive fashion, which holds implications for national security.”

Experience:

“Speaking with current employees, learning about their careers, obtaining their advice---all of these are so important in complementing my research at the lab. Interning at a national laboratory makes a difference not just on my resume, but also on my perception of my professional potential.”

Thoughts:

“When I started the internship, I did not really understand the full impact of an experience at ORNL. My research project has provided me with the knowledge of what can be done in data science, software engineering and the prospects for my future career. Overall, the skills and experience I have gained during my time at ORNL are nothing short of incredible.”

Read More