Idaho National Laboratory – BEA Education Enhancement Internship

Idaho National Laboratory (INL), is a proud member of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory system and is the lead nuclear lab. With our robust science base and forefront research facilities INL generates an atmosphere of prosperity and invention. The pressing US energy challenge sets the context for INL's research strategy. INL is a science-based, applied engineering laboratory that houses multi-faceted research programs. To find out more about our research programs go to

INL seeks to provide its interns with unique experiences that broaden their professional networks and expose them to various facets of their chosen field and how it relates to the energy industry. INL interns often work with 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 2013, INL interns worked alongside researchers who are experts in their fields. Some of their summer projects included:
• Developing computational science methodologies for multi-scale neutron transport
• Modeling the physics analyses of the irradiation of potential low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel candidates
• Extracting rare earth elements with room temperature ionic liquids
• Developing physics-based models for hydraulic fracture propagation
• Analyzing rail transportation waybill data and developing algorithms for routing and costing biomass feedstock
• Assembling and analyzing geothermal data to model power plant cost and performance for the next generation geothermal power production and the drilling and stimulation of 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 that feature world-renowned researchers discussing a broad range of energy topics, from nuclear non-proliferation to hybrid energy systems. They may tour INL, which covers 900-plus square miles, to learn about its current research programs, its past accomplishments and its future strategy. The INL site tour series includes visits to Experimental Breeder Reactor-1, 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. They attend workshops to help develop "soft skills" like resume' writing, communication workshops, etc. At the end of the summer, many interns publish this work in peered reviewed publications, present at conferences and at our in-house judged poster session.

INL internships last 10 to16 weeks depending on the project and can be tailored to accommodate academic schedules and graduate thesis projects. All INL internships are paid. Compensation is based on the number of credit hours completed and degree of technical difficulty of the internship. Round trip travel and housing ($175 per week) allowances may be provided if your permanent and/or university residence is outside a 50 miles radius of Idaho Falls.

Located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, INL is located near two national parks - Yellowstone National Park and Teton National Park - and world-class outdoor recreation.

Contact Information


  • Number of Interns: 101+
  • Compensation/Benefits: Paid
  • Degree Type: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent Graduates, Graduate Students, Business school students, Law school students


  • Other (US)

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