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Graduate Internships

Learn about the many programs and opportunities available to graduate students.

Graduate students participating in the Hands-On PV Experience (HOPE) workshop work with NREL scientist Tim Silverman taking measurements and characterizations of 3-5 and crystalline silicon PV modules in the lab.

NREL's Research Participant Program

NREL's Research Participant Program provides graduate students with mentorship, hands-on experience, and professional development activities designed to strengthen technical and professional skills.


NREL researcher Emma Raszmann works in the Energy Storage Lab.

Office of Science Graduate Student Research

The Office of Science Graduate Student Research program prepares graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at national laboratories.


NREL researcher Felicia Bratti utilizes a Biolector to evaluate the performance of engineered P. putida in a mixture of substrates released by catalytic depolymerization of mixed plastics.

Mines/NREL Advanced Energy Systems Degree Program

The Mines/NREL Advanced Energy Systems degree program trains graduates to enter the workforce in roles supporting advanced energy innovation and energy systems integration in government, academia, nonprofits, and the private sector.


Compare Our Graduate Programs
  Term Application Due Deliverables Apply and Contact
NREL's Research Participant Program Year round and summer No deadline until position is filled Poster presentation (optional) Apply to NREL's Research Participant Program. Select Intern under Job Type.

Contact: Ben Godwin
Office of Science Graduate Student Research 3–12 months December
March
July
Project Plan, Technical Report Apply to the Office of Science Graduate Student Research.

Contact: Danelle Wilder
Mines/NREL Advanced Energy Systems Degree Program 2–4 years October
January
May
Project Plan,
Technical Report
Apply to the Mines/NREL Advanced Energy Systems Degree Program.

Contact: Adam Warren

Additional Programs

Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

JUMP into STEM

Marine and Hydrokinetic Graduate Student Research Program

Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program

National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship