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Internships

Full-time undergraduate or graduate students have the opportunity to join the NREL team as an intern while gaining valuable mentoring experience, participating in the lab's research and development programs, and establishing ongoing collaborations through NREL's Research Participant Program.

Interested in joining our team?

Find your opportunity

Looking for undergraduate and graduate opportunities?

For current job opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, click the Find Your Opportunity button above and select Research Participant Program from the Job Family/Category list.

Full-time undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university who have successfully completed at least the sophomore year of school by June of the current year and plan to continue full-time enrollment during the following fall term are eligible for NREL's Research Participant Program internships.

Are you eligible for an internship?

  • Yes, if you are enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours as an undergraduate, or 9 credit hours as a graduate student.
  • ¬†Yes, if you have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last completed semester.

What are the internship hours?

  • During the academic year, our undergraduate students can work a maximum of 25 hours per week and our graduate students can work a maximum of 30 hours per week.
  • During the summer and breaks, all students can work 40 hours per week.

Does NREL offer transportation and housing options?

  • Transportation may be available for participants, depending on eligibility (residing more than 50 miles from the NREL work site).
  • Unfortunately, our student interns are not eligible for a housing allowance.

Questions? Contact university@nrel.gov.

Other Internship Opportunities

In addition to NREL internships, the laboratory works with the U.S. Department of Energy to provide other opportunities for students. The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship and Community College Internship programs provide alternative educational experiences for college-level students.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program at NREL provides paid research experience to encourage undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. Selected students perform research, guided by NREL scientists, on projects that support the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission. The SULI program is the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's premier undergraduate education and research program. The NREL Education program manages the SULI program. Learn more.

Community College Internship Program

NREL participates in the national Community College Institute (CCI) for Science and Technology, sponsored by the DOE Office of Science and the American Association of Community Colleges. This collaborative initiative provides educational training and research experience at select DOE laboratories. CCI offers community college students technical experience and opens doors to education at 4-year colleges and universities. Learn more.