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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy 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 provide support on Office of Indian Energy-funded projects and assist a cross-disciplinary team to perform specific technical tasks in the field and at DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories.

Learn more about and download research papers from recent interns. Get additional details on internship requirements and the application process.

DOE Tribal Internship Program: Cultivating Indian Energy Leaders

DOE Tribal Internship Program: Cultivating Indian Energy Leaders
Watch a video to hear about the experiences of DOE's tribal college student interns.

College Student Internship Program Highlights, 2010-2017

  • 20 undergraduate & graduate interns have participated.
  • 11 different tribal affiliations
  • 10 different majors
  • 20% of the interns converted to year-round status (4 of 20)
  • 15% of the interns hired as FTEs or contractor (3 of 20)
  • 75% female interns (15 of 20)