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Higher Education Research Experiences at ORNL-Intern

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

How to Apply
The application will require:
  • Profile information
  • Educational details (i.e. dates of attendance/graduation, GPAs, majors, etc.)
  • Awards and honors
  • Internships or previous experience
  • Essay questions on relevant goals, interests, experiences, or skills
  • An updated resume (pdf)
  • Contact information for recommender, including current email address
  • Academic records - For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of academic records may be submitted showing name, school name, current/enrolled classes, and GPA (pdf)
  • Preferred start/end datesThese dates may be considered by the ORNL mentor in determining appointment dates, but are not guaranteed
All documents must be submitted via Zintellect. All application components must be completed and received in the system in order to be considered.
For questions, contact
The Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) provides opportunities for participation in research and related technical activities to qualified current undergraduate students. This educational experience offers selected participants the ability to learn from world-class scientists while utilizing the unique resources of ORNL and encourages careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and support fields.
Application Deadline
This is a continuous posting. Applications will be reviewed and selected by ORNL mentors on a rolling basis as opportunities become available.
  • Full-time or part-time appointments may be offered
  • Flexible start and end dates
  • $500/week stipend paid biweekly for full-time participation; pro-rated if part-time
  • $150/week housing allowance (paid with biweekly stipend) and limited travel reimbursement (up to $250 each way) for full-time participants if permanent address is at least 50 miles from Oak Ridge
  • Learn more about Housing for ORNL Research Participants
Before you get started on your application, you should:
Review the research areas at ORNL to assist you in determining what area might fit your career path. You can see the six discipline areas at and begin exploring each one.
  1. For example, if you choose Clean Energy you will learn more about the 3-D printed Shelby Cobra or other current research information. And you can explore other research areas, or related links and organizations to identify your areas of interest and key words, important terminology, papers, etc. that can be used as you answer application questions or update your resume.
  2. Or type a key word into the search box at the top right corner on and follow the links provided to identify key researchers at ORNL or go to the webpages of the directorates or divisions. For example, typing “Environmental Science” leads to the link for the Environmental Sciences Division.
  3. And you can find general contacts and access many of the Directorate and Division pages under Our People (located under the search box).
After you have completed your application, then reach out via email (use the Our People - Staff Directory link at to obtain an email address) to the researchers you identify.
  1. Tell them about your background and describe how your career objectives and interests relate to their research.
  2. Include an updated resume/CV in the email and let them know which programs you have applied to at ORNL.
  3. Showing initiative by reaching out to discuss your passion for science and research is a great way to introduce yourself to potential mentors. This personal connection can be the key to “standing out” from other applications. As this is a "pool" application posting where multiple mentors will consider candidates with a variety of interests for varied educational project opportunities, this is a critical step for selection success.
For more information, visit Science Education Programs at ORNL or contact
Eligibility requirements:
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate/ degree or Faculty seeking program at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university
  • Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be 18 years of age
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) at the time of application - LPRs are subject to DOE clearance approval for laboratory entry
  • Have medical insurance effective for entire term of appointment
  • Have one academic or professional recommender
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Currently pursuing an Associate's Degree or Bachelor's Degree.
  • Overall GPA: 3.00
  • Discipline(s): Business (11 )
  • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
  • Computer Sciences (17 )
  • Earth and Geosciences (23 )
  • Engineering (27 )
  • Environmental and Marine Sciences (13 )
  • Life Health and Medical Sciences (47 )
  • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
  • Nanotechnology (1 )
  • Other (8 )
  • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
  • Physics (16 )
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (36 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age