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.
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.
- Attend a 10-week summer internship at NREL and experience firsthand cutting-edge research alongside an NREL mentor.
- 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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