College Student Internship Program

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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 past 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, 2002-2017

  • 38 undergraduate and graduate interns have participated in the internship program
  • 21 different tribal affiliations have been represented
  • 19 different student majors have been represented
  • 24% of interns were converted to year-round status
  • 16% of interns were hired as full-time employees or Sandia contractors
  • 63% of interns were female students hired based on merit and competitive selection process.