The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, with support and coordination from Sandia National Laboratories, offers a college student internship program for current full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are familiar with Native American culture and tribal issues. Interns support tribal energy projects and assist a cross-disciplinary team to perform specific technical tasks in the field and at DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories.

Stay tuned for a part-time year-round internship opportunity in Winter 2021. Learn more about the requirements and application process.

The Office of Indian Energy expects to hire five students for full-time internships during the Summer of 2022. Get notified by joining the DOE Office of Indian Energy email list.

College Student Internship Program Highlights, 2010-2021*

  • 26 undergraduate & graduate interns have participated.
  • 12 different tribal affiliations
  • 23% of the interns converted to year-round status (6 of 20)
  • 12% of the interns hired as full-time employees or contractors (3 of 26)
  • 73% female interns (19 of 26)
* No internships were offered in 2020.

DOE Tribal Internship Program: Cultivating Indian Energy Leaders

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Hear former interns’ stories about how the program has positively affected their lives, helped guide and influence their career paths, and enabled them to fulfill their desire to make a positive impact in Indian Country.
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