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 Graduate Program

The Mines/NREL Advanced Energy Systems graduate 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.

GEM Fellowship Program

GEM Fellowship Program

The GEM organization recruits under-represented minorities (Black/Hispanic/Native American) in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) who are in graduate school or interested in going to graduate school. GEM works with universities and employers to help fund up to 5 years of a doctorate or 2 years of a master's program and an internship at NREL.

An intern works with her mentors in a lab.

Enabling Native Researchers and Other Minorities Through Graduate Education (ENRGE)

NREL's ENRGE summer internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students at minority-serving institutions hands-on experience in engineering disciplines of power, energy, and cybersecurity.

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: Diona Duvall
Office of Science Graduate Student Research 3–12 months December
Project Plan, Technical Report Apply to the Office of Science Graduate Student Research.

Contact: Danelle Wilder
Mines/NREL Advanced Energy Systems Graduate Program 2–4 years Priority application deadline – Dec. 15 Non-thesis master's degree or Ph.D. degree Apply to the Mines/NREL Advanced Energy Systems Degree Program.

GEM Fellowship Program Minimum 10 weeks  November Technical Presentation

Apply to the GEM Fellowship.

Contact: Danelle Wilder

NREL's Enabling Native Researchers and Other Minorities Through Graduate Education Internship Program Summer End of January Abstract(s), presentation(s), progress report(s), research report(s) (or similar product)

Applications will be posted on the NREL Careers site when they become available.

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