Workforce Development Affiliate Programs

Workforce development affiliate programs are additional pathways for students, faculty, and others to work within NREL, to further their knowledge of and careers in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Students construct mini-solar concentrators to see how much power they can get from a solar cell.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Computational Science Graduate Fellowship provides opportunities for students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.
STEM Core aims to build student engagement and interest in STEM-based careers through an academic, yearlong program that accelerates the completion of developmental and college-level math courses, emphasizes the real-world context in STEM curricula and instruction, creates a cohort-based learning community for students, provides intensive student supports, and provides paid internship opportunities at leading STEM employers.
Participants in the 10-week DOE High-Performance Computing for Manufacturing program perform research-level computational activities under the guidance of a mentor who is a technical staff scientist or engineer at a national laboratory. Research and development projects will focus on high-performance computing.
The DOE Building Technologies Office program, IBUILD – Innovation in Buildings, strengthens the pool of well-trained, diverse graduate student scholars equipped for research-intensive careers in fields supporting building energy efficiency.
The Jefferson County Business and Workforce program connects qualified job seekers with businesses through innovative work-based learning programs to job fairs and more.
JUMP into STEM is an online building science competition for undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. colleges and universities. JUMP into STEM attracts bright students from a variety of majors to building science. The JUMP into STEM initiative seeks to inspire the next generation of building scientists, focusing on creative ideation and diversity in the building science field.
The DOE Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program offers undergraduate and graduate students summer positions in U.S. national laboratories. Positions involve scientific research or a focus on policy, business, and government relations.
The National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship provides opportunities for mathematical sciences doctoral students to participate in internships at federal national laboratories and research facilities, providing first-hand experience of the use of mathematics in a nonacademic setting.
The 10-week DOE Energy Storage program offers hands-on, practical experience in U.S. national laboratories. Participants will conduct research or other technical activities under the guidance of a mentor who is a technical staff scientist or engineer at a national laboratory.
The 10-week DOE Robotics program offers hands-on, practical experience in U.S. national laboratories. Participants will conduct research or other technical activities under the guidance of a mentor who is a technical staff scientist or engineer at a national laboratory.
The Graduate Student Research program aims to prepare graduate students for STEM careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at U.S. national laboratories.
The Visiting Faculty Program seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to DOE mission areas.
Participants in the DOE Marine and Hydrokinetic Program conduct marine and hydrokinetic research at both their academic institution and at an external hosting facility. The hosting facility may be a government research facility, industry site (including but not limited to technology developers), universities, or other approved facility. Participants spend a minimum of 6 months at the host facility.