The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Student Volunteer Program provides students enrolled in an accredited high school, college, or university with opportunities to explore careers in energy. These opportunities help students develop skills needed in today’s workforce while learning about DOE’s exciting mission.

Program Benefits

  • Academic credit for work performed
  • Stipends (from university)
  • Networking opportunities
  • Creditable work experience
  • Enhanced resume to increase job prospects
  • Personal and professional skills development
  • Early career exploration in area of academic study


Volunteer Opportunities

The Department works to tailor each student’s experience to their interests and skills. DOE offers volunteer opportunities that may include, but are not limited to, the following careers:

  • Communication
  • Cybersecurity
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Technology
  • Law
  • Policies
  • STEM

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet all the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited high school (must be a junior and at least 16 years of age), college, university, or any other accredited educational institution
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Complete the OF 306 Form-Declaration for Federal Employment
  • Complete a student volunteer agreement
  • Secure permission to participate from your educational institution
  • Commit to a 6 to 16-week program (based on semester)


Program Duration

This program is offered year-round. Volunteer work may be performed during the school year and/or during summer or school vacation periods, with proof of enrollment. The nature of your volunteer assignment, as well as your weekly work schedule, will be part of your student volunteer agreement. Volunteer work assignments typically last three to four months.

Application Deadline and Process

There are no specific deadlines, but applications should be submitted at least three months prior to your desired term. 

To apply, please email the documents listed below to the Student Volunteer Program Manager. Please combine all three documents into one and name the document with your last name and first name (e.g., “Snow, Dawn - SVP Application”).

  • A current resume
  • Unofficial transcripts showing your grades/GPA
  • A letter of enrollment verification

You may also apply for these open opportunities on Handshake and Simplicity. All information will be kept on file for six months. If you have not been contacted within that timeframe, we recommend you reapply with all required documents.

Student Volunteer Employment Status

Under 5 U.S.C 3111- Acceptance of volunteer service, a student volunteer is not a Federal employee for any purposes other than injury compensation and law related to the Tort Claims Act. Student participation in the program is on a voluntary basis and no employee benefits will be provided by DOE. Service with the DOE is not credible for leave or monetary compensation, and we do not provide housing assistance or support. However, students may be eligible for a transportation stipend.


If you have any questions, please contact the Student Volunteer Program Manager.