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Great life in Idaho Falls. Learn a lot about how to work in the national lab

5.0 of 5 stars

Idaho Falls, ID | 2015 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

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Downers

The working time is limited

Advice to Potential Interns

INL is a great place to work with friendly colleague, good benefits, and perfect working culture.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Fun and educational lab experience

4.9 of 5 stars

Idaho Falls, ID | 2015 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

My coworkers, my research project, the general lab experience, and going hiking with coworkers every weekend

Downers

The scheduled internship enrichment activities were generally a waste of time although they got better towards the end.

Advice to Potential Interns

There is not a whole lot to do in Idaho Falls outside of work if you do not like outdoor activities.

Advice to Management

People who worked really hard and did a lot for the group got let go due to a lack of organization in the management.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Great Internship with even greater people

4.8 of 5 stars

Idaho Falls, ID | 2015 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The people
The work was interesting
I was excited to go to work

Downers

Slow. Had to wait long periods of time in a short internship for approvals.

Advice to Potential Interns

Don't be afraid to ask questions!

Advice to Management

I loved everything. No further advice

Sample Interview Questions

How do you work in groups?

Would You Recommend

Yes

Putting your knowledge to work and creating better energy.

4.8 of 5 stars

Idaho Falls, ID | 2015 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The ability to work with professionals who taught me how to work and what to expect from the job and employment and see the fruits of my labor.

Downers

The length of the internship was too short and I wish it could have been longer.

Advice to Potential Interns

Thats the place to be if you desire to do work that will make a difference

Advice to Management

Perhaps find a way to work with the interns so they can work while going to school and not just in the summer.

Sample Interview Questions

What do you want to get from this internship?

Would You Recommend

Yes

Very rewarding, multifaceted work/life balance

4.4 of 5 stars

Idaho Falls, ID | 2015 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

People, facilities/technology, location, after work opportunities

Downers

Could have done more work

Advice to Potential Interns

make sure you discuss your work with your mentor beforehand to ensure that you will have enough to do all summer

Would You Recommend

Yes

Advanced UQ Algorithms in a Mentoring Environment

4.7 of 5 stars

Idaho Falls, ID | 2015 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Mentorship and staff feedback

Downers

There were some slight deviations between my work here and my degree work.

Advice to Potential Interns

Engage and ask many questions, assume there's always a good reason for why things are done, but ask what they are.

Advice to Management

I have no complaints over how management was executed.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Various Enineering Graphics

4.6 of 5 stars

Idaho Falls, ID | 2015 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Having a partner that I was always working with, high quality technology and software, security is easy to work with, etc.

Downers

Paperwork was the most tedious part, everything else was very enjoyable.

Advice to Potential Interns

There is always plenty of work to do, it is, by a large majority, very interesting work, and the people you work with are more often than not very motivated and interesting people.

Advice to Management

I do not have any previous experience to draw from, but this has been my best working experience so far. There isn't much to improve on.

Sample Interview Questions

None.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Busiest summer ever! high level, important, and rewarding work, and a huge crew of interns who fully embody the "Weekend Warrior" lifestyle

4.5 of 5 stars

Idaho Falls, ID | 2015 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

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!!

Downers

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

Would You Recommend

Yes

Great accounting experience for audit-minded students

4.4 of 5 stars

Idaho Falls, ID | 2015 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The wide array of experience was a definite benefit to my professional development.

Downers

As a subcontractor for the federal government, BEA fits some of the governmental inefficiency stereotypes.

Advice to Potential Interns

Seek out opportunities within your department to expand your skill set. If you prove yourself, opportunities exist outside of your predetermined scope of work.

Would You Recommend

Yes

New Strategies Emerging to Identify Sustainable Biomass Solutions to Compete with Oil

4.5 of 5 stars

Idaho Falls, ID | 2015 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The best aspects were the data analysis and reporting after all the data was collected. My mentor completely trusted me to present my data in a way that I thought most accurately represented the true current state of technology. I discovered something that people with a high level understanding of the biomass arena would not know. It was exhilarating to see how my project fit in with political decisions, world markets, and national energy demand.

Downers

The sample preparation to get data was grueling and tedious. The biomass samples had to be treated very deliberately to ensure uniformity and minimal contamination. I would say four to six weeks were purely devoted to sample preparation. I would add that the reward of meaningful data made the hours in the lab worthwhile.

Advice to Potential Interns

I would recommend an internship with at a national laboratory to anyone who is seeking risk and adventure in their research career. The projects at the Idaho National Lab were motivated by vision, not necessarily profit. Although, economics were a huge consideration in the innovation, people asked big questions that are not typically discussed in industry. I felt like I was working among artists in the field.

Advice to Management

I think that there needs to be a better network among interns. Other internship programs have all of the interns live in one location. I think this has a lot to do with that program's success with talent retention because it develops a sense of camaraderie.

Sample Interview Questions

Tell us about past work experiences? How do you bring innovation to a project or team?

Would You Recommend

Yes

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