Huge number of fellow interns, from all over the country (and world!). You will never be bored. Idaho Falls in surrounded by national forests and parks in every direction. Since this is a government company, the accommodations were awesome (paid work, fully paid housing, fully paid arrival and return travel). INL uses their interns to get a ton of work done during the summer, which might sound like a bad thing, but it's great for the interns because you get to do real, important work that you know your team needs for a project/research they are working on. The work you are doing has real purpose
Incredible career experience!!
Lack of organization, took a week and a half to get my project and start working on it. It seemed that they were overwhelmed with the number of interns; many did not have computers, desks, chairs, internet access, or other necessities for the 1st 2 weeks, but eventually everyone got what they needed
The online application was very repetitive and a bit confusing. Their surveys and questionnaires are unclear and outdated, someone needs to update them. But the actual human contact and communication of the application/interview process was well done, and they were helpful and accomidating
Advice to Potential Interns
internships are very flexible, if you want to work on something other than your assigned project, or twist it in some way, just tell your mentor and they will let you take charge of your own work. They want you to work on something you are interested in, so there is definitely flexibility in that regard.
If you like the outdoors, then this is the place for you!! Endless opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, exploring, cave diving, rock climbing, biking, and adventuring
Advice to Management
be more organized and ready for your interns when they come in. Most of us signed contracts months ahead of time, so I was very confused when the office wasn't at all ready when we showed up