Internships: University/College Internships

Deadline: Ongoing

Idaho National Laboratory hosts students every summer in an effort to help train the nation’s next generation of scientists and engineers. Involvement in world class research provides participants with a set of experiences that support their education and career goals.
Internship participants make genuine contributions to program goals. They may publish or co-author papers as well as present their research at INL, at conferences or their institutions. Additional benefits include providing a pipeline to employment, strengthening collaborations with academia and other DOE laboratories and creating opportunities for collaborative research. Interns participate in lab wide tours to enhance their knowledge of INL, its history and missions.

Area of Study

INL internships, like the lab’s research, span a wide range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and other important disciplines. Fields include (not all inclusive):
  • Archaeology
  • Biology
  • Biomass (including Plant Science)
  • Business Operations & Business Management*
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Critical Infrastructures*
  • Cybersecurity*
  • Engineering (all disciplines)
  • Environmental Science
  • Industrial Safety
  • Information Management
  • Instrumentation and Control
  • Material Science
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • National Security*
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Occupational Health
  • Physics

*Based on the nature of these internships, U.S. citizenship is required

To be considered for an INL internship, students must:
  • Be enrolled in an U.S. accredited college or university and have completed a minimum of 12 credits; graduated from college within six months; or graduated and are applying to a graduate program
  • Pass a background check
  • Have at least 3.0 cumulative GPA

Foreign national students may be eligible for internships if they attend an accredited U.S. college and can obtain a U.S. work authorization (Curricular Practical Training, Optional Practical Training, Permanent Resident Alien, etc.)

Application Process
To apply, go here. Click on the “INL current career openings” link, locate the posting number 9244 with “University/College internships – Application for 2015 Fall/Winter and 2016 Spring/Summer” in the title, and upload a single PDF file containing:
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial transcripts for all current and past degrees
  • Current class schedule, including number of credits
  • E-mail addresses from three professional references (Professor references preferred)
  • A paragraph describing how an INL internship aligns with your goals and interests

Plan at least 1 hour of uninterrupted time to complete the application

Non-Employee Practicum Program:
Through INL’s Non-Employee Practicum Program, students with funding through fellowships or university research assistantships may be placed in areas within the laboratory to conduct research with INL researchers.


For more information or questions, please contact:
Myken Johnson
Phone: 208-526-1585

Thomas Steele
Phone: 208-526-1945

Ali Josephson
Phone: 208-526-0940