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Building a Diverse Workforce From the Next Generation of Leaders

March 8, 2011 - 2:17pm


Tasked with advancing groundbreaking science, cleaning up our Cold War legacy and building a clean and efficient energy future for our Nation, each day at the Department of Energy is an exciting one — filled with new challenges and unique opportunities. Rising to these challenges not only requires hard work but a diverse range of experience and talents throughout our staff from the leadership team to the interns.

One of the ways we're seeking to promote that diversity is through our Minority Educational Institutions Student Partnership Program, commonly known by its acronym, MEISSP. MEISPP offers talented undergraduate and graduate students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) summer internship positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Laboratories. Positions involve scientific research or a focus on policy, business and government relations. All internships include paid lodging, round trip airfare and monetary compensation.

MEISSP program participants receive an intensive 10-week assignment to jump-start their career and develop their potential for future opportunities within the Federal government. Students in MEISSP work side-by-side with leading scientists, engineers and other top professionals to develop career skills and enhance leadership capabilities. MEISSP students also take field trips to Department of Energy sites and/or facilities, participate in fun summer workshops and participate in activities to get to know other interns in the program.

Of course, internship programs like MEISSP don’t only help students – they also help us develop a diverse pipeline of potential candidates to join our workforce at the Department. Other programs, like the new Pathways Programs established by President Obama, promote possible careers in the Federal government.

Applications for MEISSP are open now through March 31, 2011. Visit the MEISPP website and learn more about the program

The Department of Energy is looking for applicants from a variety of majors, including economics, business, international relations, physics, political science, engineering and mathematics. If you are a full-time undergraduate or graduate student visit our site to read the full requirements and application instructions.

To learn more about the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity visit