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ORAU now accepting applications for Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program

Internship provides students with the opportunity to participate in cutting edge, automotive-related research

Jan. 8, 2015

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Applications are now being accepted for the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program, a research internship providing students with the opportunity to participate in cutting edge automotive-related research. Applications can be submitted online through midnight ET on Feb. 12, 2015.

The program, administered for Volkswagen Chattanooga by ORAU on behalf of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is a 10-week summer internship that awards students a paid stipend, housing allowance (where applicable), and mileage for one roundtrip to/from the internship site if more than 60 miles from the student’s home. It offers students the opportunity to participate in hands-on research under the direction of a scientist or engineer at ORNL.

Eligible applicants must be undergraduate juniors/seniors or graduate students (who have not yet finished coursework) with a GPA of 3.5 or above who are U.S. citizens majoring in a field of interest to Volkswagen and who are attending one of the following universities: Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, the University of Memphis, or the University of Tennessee in either Knoxville or Chattanooga. Participants are selected based on application materials, major discipline, academic excellence, motivation, and enthusiasm for automotive-related science and technology. The program is open to any eligible student studying a science, technology, engineering or math discipline with an interest in the automotive industry. Examples of research projects interns would be assigned to include low-cost carbon fiber, battery storage, biofuels, engines and emissions, intelligent transportation systems, and sustainable manufacturing.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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