NREL Student Training in Applied Research Internship Program

The NREL Student Training in Applied Research (STAR) Undergraduate Internship program offers undergraduate students and faculty at minority-serving institutions hands-on experience with clean energy research over the course of a year.

An undergraduate student completes work in an NREL for her internship.

The program connects students and faculty with NREL's team to foster a future generation of industry leaders and sustained research engagement. View the STAR program fact sheet for details.

Learning Phases

  1. Attend a 10-week summer internship at NREL and experience firsthand cutting-edge research alongside an NREL mentor.
  2. Build upon your internship experience through follow-on work with a faculty adviser throughout the following academic year at your university.

Salary and Support

The NREL STAR Undergraduate Internship program covers relocation, professional development, and experiential learning activities as well as a competitive salary.


Full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled in a U.S. minority-serving institution as defined by the U.S. Department of Education are eligible for the NREL STAR Undergraduate Internship program.

Eligible applicants must also:

  • Be undergraduate students, ideally between their second and third year at the time of the summer internship
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours
  • Have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last completed semester
  • Be willing to relocate to an NREL campus for the 10-week summer internship.


During the summer, students can work a maximum of 40 hours per week. Throughout the subsequent academic year, students must contribute no more than 5 hours per week on follow-on work, while faculty mentors must contribute no more than 5 hours per month.


In addition to the salary and support listed above, NREL STAR 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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