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Undergraduate and Graduate Internships

For current job openings, select "Search Openings" on Job Openings and select "Research Participant Program" from "Job Group" list.

Graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in the laboratory's research and development programs, initiate new areas of research, and establish a base for ongoing collaborations through NREL's Research Participant Program. Students with new ideas and talents can contribute to research of mutual interest in NREL's research and deployment disciplines, while also contributing to the transfer of the technology resulting from that research.

Undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled full-time in a U.S. college or university, have successfully completed at least the sophomore year of school by June of the current year, and plan to continue full-time enrollment the following fall term may apply for open positions.


  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours as an undergraduate, or 9 credit hours as a graduate student
  • Preferred minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last completed semester.

Transportation and Housing

  • Transportation may be available for participants, depending on eligibility (residing more than 50 miles from NREL work site)
  • Student interns are ineligible for a housing allowance
  • Local housing information.


  • Undergraduate students can work a maximum of 25 hours per week during the academic year
  • Graduate students can work a maximum of 30 hours per week during the academic year
  • All students can work 40 hours per week during the summer and breaks

Submission Requirements

  • Resume, cover letter stating areas of interest, and prior semester school transcripts (do not need to be official)
  • Resumes accepted all year for specific open positions only

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If the Research Participant Program isn't right for your needs, consider the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science's premier undergraduate education and research program. The program provides undergraduate students with educational training and research experiences to strengthen their knowledge and skills, and deepen their commitment to pursue careers in science and technology.

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