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About the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program

Photo of a female in front of a poster.

Interns are required to present a poster on their research at the end of their project.

SULI Benefits

  • Stipend — $500 per week
  • Housing— $125 per week if permanent address is more than 50 miles from NREL
  • Travel — To and from NREL (airfare or personal car mileage for more than 50 miles from NREL)

Participation in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program at NREL is designed to complement academic programs and provide students with valuable, hands-on research experience. NREL provides a rich research experience in world-class laboratory facilities under the direction of scientific and technical staff who serve as research advisors and mentors in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) projects that support undergraduates in the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.

As the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research, NREL helps lead the nation toward a clean energy future. Projects focus on developing environmentally and economically beneficial clean energy technologies.

What SULIs Do at NREL

Interns spend 10 weeks (summer term) or 16 weeks (fall or spring term) engaged in a research project under the guidance of a laboratory scientist or engineer. Interns attend enriching professional development activities featuring laboratory tours, speakers on scientific developments at NREL, and workshops that provide guidance and development of professional skills in writing technical research papers, oral presentations, and posters.

NREL has a "late start" date for participants who, for academic reasons, can't start on the first day. This later date is only for participants whose school term ends later than the beginning of the program. This date must be approved by NREL's Education Director.

For more information about internship opportunities at NREL, contact the Workforce Development and Education Programs staff.