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Recent Associate’s and Bachelor’s Graduate Opportunities at ORNL

Strengthen your scientific and technical knowledge while developing key career contacts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Start your career with an ORNL recent graduate opportunity in the research or technical fields.

All programs on this page are limited to recent Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree recipients from an institution of higher education in the United States. The definition of recent graduate varies by program. You must be at least 18 years old by the first day of your appointment. Application deadlines vary by program. Click on the program name to learn more about each.

Program Eligibility Duration Commitment
DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)
  • Recent Graduate
  • U.S. Citizen/LPR
  • 3.0+ GPA prior to graduation
10-week Summer
16-week Fall or Spring
Higher Education Research Experiences - Recent AAS/BS (HERE)
  • Recent Graduate
  • U.S. Institution
  • U.S. Citizen/LPR
  • 2.5+ GPA prior to graduation
Flexible terms Full-time or part-time
Laboratory Technology (Lab Tech) - Recent Graduates
  • Recent Graduate
  • U.S. Citizen/LPR
Year-round - 
up to 5 years, based on academic level
Full-time or part-time
Post-Bachelor’s Research Participation
  • Recent Graduate
  • U.S. Citizen/LPR
Year-round - 
up to 1 year, 1 additional year possible
Full-time or part-time
ORNL Intern Malaney Abel

Maleney Abel

Microbiology, Recent B.S. Graduate
Western Illinois University

“My research involved studying the bacterium Clostridium thermocellum used to produce cellulosic ethanol, an alternative fuel source derived from biomass like wood and grass. Being able to use cellulose in ethanol production will aide in maximizing biomass efficiency. This, in turn, would benefit many aspects of the average American’s life by reducing the escalating environmental impact of greenhouse gases. Our air would be cleaner, thus reducing events such as smog.”


“During my time at ORNL, I have acquired many skills that will aide in my development as a scientist. I have become familiar with anaerobic thermophilic bacteria and the equipment needed to work with the anaerobic thermophiles. I have also gained the skill of strain construction for both anaerobic and aerobic bacteria.”


“The program has given me great networking opportunities with individuals within and outside of my division. It has also introduced me to what ORNL’s various divisions have accomplished and are continuing to accomplish. By being aware of other research going on, it has helped me become a more well-rounded scientist.”

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