Program Website and Application Information
Under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, students perform research on projects supporting the Department of Energy (DOE)‘s mission. This work is supported through the DOE’s Office of Science Workforce Development for Teachers and Students Office (WDTS).
Internship opportunities are available during the following terms: Summer (10 weeks), Fall (15 weeks), and Spring (15 weeks). Applications are solicited annually three times a year through the DOE website for each of the terms. Each DOE laboratory offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms.
A typical experience starts with students spending the first week with an Argonne supervising staff member devising a research strategy and attending mandatory safety classes. For the next few weeks, the supervisor will provide considerable program assistance and guidance. Subsequently, the student will be expected to complete a pre and post-survey, an oral or poster presentation, a 1500 – 3000-word research report, and a one-page peer review. In addition to their research activities, participants are provided tours of the facilities and attend a series of seminars in current topics in science and engineering as well as career development.
NOTE: The laboratory is currently under limited operations. Undergraduate appointments are assumed to be a virtual appointment. Student candidates will be notified if the Lab’s operational status changes prior to their offer or during their appointment.
- Must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. institution and completed at least one year as a matriculated undergraduate student at the time of applying.
- Submit two (2) letters of recommendation.
- Undergraduate cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- 18 years or older at the time the internship begins.
- U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident at the time of applying.
- Pass a screening drug test.
Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne’s Legal Department.