Battelle Energy Alliance BEA Education Enhancement Internship

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

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 included:

  • Developing computational science methodologies for multi-scale neutron transport.
  • Modeling physics analyses of the irradiation of potential low-enriched uranium fuel.
  • 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.
  • 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 session.

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 thesis projects.

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.

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  • Idaho Falls, Idaho
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