Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program

Automotive Internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Volkswagen Chattanooga Operations

Welcome to the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program

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The Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program offers students from six select Tennessee universities the opportunity to participate in cutting edge automotive-related research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. An optional second summer may be possible where students will further their research with the Volkswagen Group of America at the new Chattanooga Plant. Students will have access to the finest scientific facilities, equipment, and staff and will be guided through the successful completion of their projects by a network of scientific mentors. By the end of the two-summer experience, students will be well-versed in VW-mission critical disciplines.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, the world’s fourth largest automaker and the largest carmaker in Europe. It houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Volkswagen Group of America brings to the U.S. vehicles that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and environmentally sound automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes.


Current Research Areas

  • Additive Manufacturing - Polymers
  • Additive Manufacturing - Robotics
  • Battery Research and Development
  • Biofuels
  • Fuels, Engines and Emissions
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Low Cost Carbon Fiber
  • Sustainable Manufacturing

The application period for the 2016 summer term is now closed.

Electronic applications are currently under review.


  • Paid stipend
  • Housing allowance and one-time allowance for in/out bound mileage reimbursement from permanent address to ORNL (if more than 60 miles)

Contact Us!

Julie Malicoat
Scientific Assessment and Workforce Development
P.O. Box 117, MS-6173
Oak Ridge TN 37831-0117
work: (865) 576-2311

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