STEM Internships and Fellowships

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The Department of Energy has programs throughout the country to encourage minority and underrepresented students to pursue a career in STEM. For more opportunities, check out Students & Recent Graduates.

Middle and High School

HMTech: A summer program targeting African American students that gets them involved in hands-on science and engineering activities and provides an opportunity to explore a variety of careers in STEM.

The Dream Catchers Science Program: A summer program targeting Native American students that gets them involved in hands-on science and engineering activities and provides an opportunity to explore a variety of careers in STEM.

Undergraduate and Graduate School

Paid

Minority Educational Institutions Student Partnership Program (MEISPP): Talented undergraduate and graduate students are offered internship positions with the Department of Energy and our National Laboratories during the summer. Positions involve scientific research or a focus on policy, business, and government relations. All internships include paid lodging, round trip airfare, and monetary compensation.

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship: Students receive a stipend to work at one of the Department's locations on focused research projects consistent with the Office of Fossil Energy mission. At the conclusion of the internship, students attend a Technical Forum to present their research project and tour nearby technical sites.

Minority Serving Institution Internship Program: Undergraduate and graduate students attending a MSI are invited to apply for paid positions with the NNSA located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and at Federal field offices, laboratories, and manufacturing plants. 

Unpaid

Historically Black Colleges & Universities and Other Minority Institutions Education and Training: The Office of Fossil Energy holds annual competitions to fund research and training at Minority Serving Institutions. The student-led research programs advance energy technologies and allow for expansion of energy production while simultaneously facilitating energy sector job growth. The Outreach Initiative provides opportunities for qualified students and post-doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers to hone their research skills with NETL’s in-house scientists.

QuarkNet: Summer research opportunities in science and technology for students who have demonstrated a strong interest in and aptitude for science and mathematics. Two teams consisting of four students and one teacher work for six weeks with scientists or engineers on projects related to the Fermilab research program for six weeks.