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Nature of Appointment

For internship-based programs, you are not considered an employee of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORISE, ORAU, DOE, the host facility, or any other office or agency. Instead, you have a guest appointment at ORNL or the ORNL-designated facility, and you are affiliated with ORAU and/or ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORAU appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.

When accepting the Terms of Appointment, you agree that the stipend payments shall not be construed as an employment relationship and acknowledge that there are no employment-related benefits (such as paid vacations, sick pay, maternity leave, unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation, etc.) associated with this appointment.

For appointments where the participant does enter into an employment-based relationship with ORAU, details of the appointment will be in the offer letter and accompanying information packet.

As a guest at an ORNL facility, you are expected to devote your time and effort in pursuing the activities of the research project, and to avoiding activities that would conflict with this expectation.

As a participant you should:

  • Be at ORNL or the host facility during normal business hours.
  • Observe and conform to all applicable rules, regulations, and requirements of ORNL or the host facility including, but not limited to, those respecting environment, safety, security, operating and health physics procedures, drug-free workplace notification requirements and conduct.
  • Participate in the ongoing research activities of ORNL.
  • Recognize that you are a guest at ORNL.

As a participant you should NOT:

  • Undertake activities that are reserved for federal employees.
  • Supervise*, appoint, mentor, hire or fire anyone.
  • Accept budget or program management authority, signature authority, official job titles, or function in any way as a representative of the federal government, even if directed to by a responsible federal official.

*ORNL allows postdoctoral participants to co-mentor others as part of their educational experience, but only under strict supervision of the postdoc’s mentor.

Kerestin Goodman

Kerestin Goodman

Chemistry, Ph.D. Student
Florida State University

“My group focused primarily on the health effects and risks of human ingestion, inhalation or injection of heavy metals and more importantly the dosage needed to cause minor to severe health effects within the body. Of the heavy metals that are being study, I researched tin. The results will provide health facilities and food manufacturers information about the recommended intake of tin and inform factory workers exposed to tin of the metal’s effects and treatment timelines.”


“Having scientists from so many different backgrounds allows for different perspectives on a research project or a different way of solving a problem. I think having such a diverse group around me allowed me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and have a more complete understanding of my research.”


“I know fundamentally I have grown as a student, and I know I will be able to use the knowledge I have gained to further my doctorial research at Florida State University. I plan to use tin as a target metal for making more stable and durable platforms that can aid in the delivery and targeting of drugs to cancer cells as an alternative option for therapeutic treatment.”


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