Professional Internship Program (PIP)

The Professional Internship Program is designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the challenges of conducting energy research. It is an opportunity to network with world-class scientists using state-of-the-art equipment and to expand students’ knowledge in their field of study while exposing them to new areas of basic and applied research. Participants interact daily with assigned mentors who guide research activities during the internship. These research activities help transition classroom theory into hands-on experience, helping provide answers to today’s pressing scientific questions. Learn more about core research and development capabilities at NETL here.

Learn more about core research and development capabilities at NETL:

  • Carbon Management
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Combustion Science
  • Computational Research
  • Environmental Science
  • Fuel Cell Research
  • Geosciences
  • High Temperature/High Pressure Science
  • Materials Performance
  • Methane Hydrates Research
  • Process Development
  • Reciprocating Engines Research
  • Remote Sensing
  • Sensors and Controls
  • Separations Science
  • Surface Science

Length of Appontment

Undergraduate students: Two weeks to one year initial appointments renewable up to four years

Graduate students: Two weeks to one year initial appointments renewable up to five years

Post-BS: Two weeks to one year initial appointments renewable up to two years

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:
  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student in good standing at a regionally accredited college/university, or a post-baccalaureate within two years of graduation
  • Have an overall minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment

Benefits

  • Stipend – All internship programs provide a weekly stipend based upon academic classification and experience.
  • Insurance – Insurance is a requirement for the Professional Internship Program. Currently, no insurance stipend is available for undergraduate students.
  • Inbound/Outbound Travel – Awards are made on a case-by-case basis. To qualify, your residence must be more than 50 miles from the laboratory.
  • On-station Travel – Classified as travel during your appointment, on-station travel is designed to enhance your learning experience by promoting attendance at conferences, workshops, and other educational meetings. Awards are made on a case-by-case basis. Most short-term (e.g., summer) appointments do not qualify for on-station travel.

Application Deadlines

Application is always open, but for best results, apply by February 15 for summer appointments, June 1 for fall, and October 1 for spring appointments.

For more information, contact Terry Howard at (865) 574-6912 or Terry.Howard@orau.org.