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Lab Tech Selection Procedure

This program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE) and managed by ORAU for Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ORAU is part of the UT-Battelle partnership that operates ORNL. All applications will be processed by ORISE and then made available electronically to appropriate ORNL staff for review and selection.

Selection is based on:

  • an applicant’s academic record and recommendations
  • science and engineering background
  • research interests and professional goals
  • compatibility of the applicant’s background and interests with the research needs of ORNL
  • the availability of funds, programs, staff, and facilities

Participants become temporary employees of ORAU.

Notification of Selection

Offers of appointments are made by ORAU on behalf of ORNL. Applications remain on file for one year from submission date. If you have questions about the status of your application, please contact Marie Asher at

ORNL Laboratory Technology Program

ORNL Intern Kevin H

Kevin H.

Mechanical Engineering Recent Graduate
Research Focus:

“Each day is full of variety. I usually worked on several projects simultaneously; so there was always something new and exciting that came around. One day I could be working on fusing metal coatings with a laser, and the next I could be creating a CAD (computer-aided design) drawing or working on a spreadsheet.”

Experience Gained:

“There are many more techniques used for processing metals than I thought. The field broadens every day, as new materials and methods are developed. There is so much here that is unique and cutting-edge. I would have to say that I gained a lot of experience about many technical fields.”

Thoughts on Program:

“I saw this program as an excellent opportunity to get practical experience, while at the same time it offered a chance to see some pretty interesting research. I highly recommend it to others. It offers great opportunities for any student in the engineering technology field to get into the workplace and see exciting research, as well as a great opportunity to build the resume and possibly find a permanent job.”