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In addition to Federal internship programs, the Department of Energy offers several fellowships and stipend-based internship opportunities. These stipend-based programs are temporary positions and do not lead to a permanent Federal position. They offer insight into how the agency works and an opportunity to be part of innovation and technology, as well as gain hands-on experience while networking with other professionals.


Community College Internship (CCI)

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.  Paid internships, including a weekly stipend and support for travel and housing, are for 10 weeks during the Summer Term (May to August timeframe).  


DOE Scholars Program

Location: Nationwide

The DOE Scholars Program provides opportunities for college students and recent graduates to gain first-hand experience and training in the fields of science, engineering, technology, and related professions that support the mission of the DOE. These positions are typically short-term.


Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

Location: Nationwide

Since 1995, the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with educational opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy.  The mission of the MLEF program is to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals. This summer program has mentored several hundred of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in STEM. Weekly stipend and housing allowance provided.  Travel costs covered as well.  Applications open October to January.


Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP)

Location: Nationwide

This program encourages minority students to experience a summer internship at the Department of Energy in DC, national laboratories, or a field location. Benefits include paid roundtrip airfare, paid housing, a stipend, and a series of professional development seminars. 


National Laboratories Internships

For more information on internships at our National Labs, please visit our National Labs Jobs page.


NNSA Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Program

NNSA strives to recruit and hire a highly skilled work-force representing America’s rich diversity. Highly motivated and high-performing undergraduate or graduate student attending participating Minority Serving Institution (MSI). Students gain real-world work experience related to their academic background at world-class scientific facilities or Federal offices across the country.


Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

SULI encourages undergraduate students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers by providing research experi-ences at the DOE National Laboratories. They perform research under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers on projects related to ongoing programs. 


Science Graduate Fellowship

The Science Graduate Fellowship supports outstanding students to pursue graduate training in fundamental research to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S.


Visiting Faculty Program (VFP)

VFP seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the DOE mission areas.  In this program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project. Applicants establish their collaborations with laboratory research staff in advance of applying and must submit a co-developed research proposal as part of the application. Students apply separately at the invitation of the faculty member. Paid internships, including a weekly stipend and support for travel and housing, are for 10 weeks during the Summer Term (May to August timeframe).