Research Participant Program

Research Participant Program internships are open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining valuable mentoring experience, participating in the lab's research and development programs, and establishing ongoing collaborations.

NREL Intern Alyssa Boll looks at a 3D rendering of ventilation in a car in the 3D Visualization Lab at NREL.

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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. Eligible applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours as an undergraduate or 9 credit hours as a graduate student
  • Have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last completed semester.


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.


In addition to competitive wages, NREL interns receive limited benefits including:

  • An EcoPass for public transportation
  • Access to NREL’s voluntary 403(b) Employee Savings Plan
  • Confidential assistance through NREL’s Employee Assistance Program
  • An option to participate in medical, dental, and vision insurance plans if working 20+ hours per week.


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