PNNL offers student internships in a wide range of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and business fields. Internships are offered for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, with programs available either during the summer or academic year. These internships offer students outstanding opportunities to work in the laboratory alongside experienced researchers, develop their skills, and build mentoring relationships.
Opportunities for High School Students
During the academic year, PNNL offers internships to high school students interested in either business or research, with work available up to four hours per day, five days per week. The High School Student Business Intern program allows students to work closely with experienced PNNL business professionals, while students in the Research Intern program receive mentorship in a laboratory setting from PNNL scientists and engineers. PNNL offers elective credits for these internships through work-based learning programs at students’ schools.
In addition to direct research experience, these programs include leadership development activities, field trips, and communications and career awareness workshops. Students must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible to work in PNNL laboratory spaces and in some field work settings.
Opportunities for College and University Students
PNNL hires hundreds of undergraduate and graduate student interns each year through a variety of internship programs:
- DOE Community College Internships are 10-week summer internships for community college students that allow them to participate in technology and instrumentation projects at PNNL.
- DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships are 10- to 16-week summer or semester research internships on PNNL’s main campus for undergraduate (sophomore to senior) students studying STEM and science policy.
- PNNL Business Support Interns are undergraduate students who work with professional staff supporting PNNL’s management and operations systems.
- The National Security Internship Program allows undergraduate and graduate students to work in a variety of scientific fields related to PNNL’s work for the federal defense and intelligence communities.
- Technical Project Interns explore research and technology career options while gaining practical training. There are internships available for undergraduate and graduate students.
- PNNL and the University of Maryland (UMD) offer internships to undergraduate and graduate students at the Joint Global Change Research Institute on UMD’s campus in College Park, Maryland. Interns work with scientists developing models of the Earth system and linkages between socioeconomic and natural systems.
- The PNNL Safeguards Internship Program hires undergraduate and graduate students with backgrounds in public policy and science and engineering fields and an interest in nuclear power and nonproliferation. Policy students gain greater familiarity with technical dimensions of nuclear energy and nonproliferation, while science and engineering students gain insight into policy dimensions of work in nuclear fields.
PNNL offers many other specialized internships for graduate students and fellowships for recent master’s and doctoral graduates. Please visit the PNNL job postings web page for details.