At Idaho National Laboratory (INL), scientists and researchers
are pioneering solutions for our nation's energy future. INL is one
of the U.S. Department of Energy's 10 multiprogram national
laboratories and is the lead nuclear lab. INL performs work in each
of the DOE strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science
and environment. For more on our research programs visit the research programs page on the INL site.
INL internships are about gaining unique experience, broadening
professional networks, and getting exposure to various facets of a
chosen discipline and how it relates to the energy industry.
Interns are paid to work on real-world projects under the guidance
of mentors who are experts in their field. Since 1986, INL has won
50 R&D 100 awards, many of which interns participated in the
research. INL won two R&D 100 awards in 2014 - one for an
advanced electrolyte model and the other for the Multiphysics
Object Oriented Simulation Environment, or MOOSE.
INL offers internships in many areas for high school students
and undergraduate/graduate students at all levels of college and
often work with collaborators at national and international
governments, universities and industry partners to conduct research
and develop technologies that advance the nation's nuclear and
renewable energy, national security and environmental missions.
During summer 2014, INL interns worked alongside researchers who
are experts in their fields. Some of their summer projects
- Developing computational science methodologies for multi-scale
- Modeling physics analyses of the irradiation of potential
low-enriched uranium fuel.
- Extracting rare earth elements with room temperature ionic
- Developing physics-based models for hydraulic fracture
- Analyzing rail transportation waybill data and developing
algorithms for routing and costing biomass feedstock.
- Collecting and analyzing geothermal data to for the next
generation geothermal power production geothermal wells.
Besides providing interns experience with real-world projects,
INL also invests in their interns through professional development,
educational and recreational opportunities to students.
Interns can attend colloquia featuring world-renowned
researchers and tour INL, which spans an over 890 square miles, to
learn about current research, past accomplishments and future
strategy. The tour includes visits to the Experimental Breeder
Reactor-1, a U.S. national historic landmark where nuclear fission
generated the world's first usable amount of electricity, the
Advanced Test Reactor, a 3D research tool known as a
computer-assisted virtual environment - or CAVE - and many other
facilities. Interns attend workshops to help develop "soft skills"
like resume writing and communication. At the end of the summer,
many interns publish their work in peer-reviewed publications,
present at conferences and at INL's in-house judged poster
Located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, INL is near Yellowstone National
Park, Teton National Park, and exceptional outdoor recreation
activities like fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing,
caving, and more.
INL internships last 10 to 16 weeks depending on the project and
can be tailored to accommodate academic schedules and graduate
All INL internships are paid. Compensation is based on the
number of credit hours completed and degree of technical
difficulty. Round trip travel and housing ($175 per week)
allowances may be provided if permanent and/or university residence
is outside a 50 miles radius of Idaho Falls.