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In addition to Federal internship programs, the Department of Energy (DOE) 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 Internships (CCI)

The CCI program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer (May through August), Fall (August through December), and Spring (January through May) Terms.

DOE Scholars Program

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 Department of Energy. These positions are typically short-term.

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) 

The MLEF program provides students with educational opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s 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. Application period is open October through January.

Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP)

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 DOE's National Labs, please visit Jobs at the National Labs.

NNSA Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP) 

The MSIPP is designed to build a sustainable pipeline between the Department of Energy's sites/labs and minority-serving institutions in STEM disciplines, and bring a heightened awareness of National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) plants and laboratories to institutions with a common interest in STEM research fields.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

The SULI program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue STEM careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy laboratories. Selected students perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the Fall (August through December) and Spring (January through May) Terms.

Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

The SCGSR program prepares graduate students for STEM careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. 

Visiting Faculty Program (VFP)

The 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. Applications for the VFP are solicited annually for appointments to the Summer Term (May through August), which is 10 weeks in duration.