Undergraduate Internships

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

Participants in NREL's Mini-Semester for Undergraduate Students construct mini-solar concentrators to see how much power they can get from a solar cell.

NREL's Research Participant Program

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


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

NREL's Student Training in Applied Research Undergraduate Internship Program

The NREL Student Training in Applied Research Undergraduate Internship program provides students and faculty from minority-serving institutions a great opportunity to conduct clean-energy research and incorporate what they learn into their continued university coursework.


NREL interns Julian Quick and Kevin Wu enjoy their tour of the Cart 3 research turbine at the NWTC.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at national laboratories.


Student interns

Community College Internship

The Community College Internships program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the U.S. Department of Energy's mission by providing technical training at national laboratories.


Compare Our Undergraduate 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
NREL's Student Training in Applied Research Undergraduate Internship Program Summer December Abstract, poster, presentation, research report (or similar product)

The application portal will open in October 2022.

Contact: University.Partnerships@nrel.gov

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Spring
Summer
Fall
October
January
May
Poster presentation, abstract Apply to the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship.

Contact: Marcus Giron
Community College Internship Spring
Summer
Fall
October
January
May
Poster project, report paper Apply to the Community College Internship.

Contact: Marcus Giron