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STEM Internships, Fellowships, and Mentoring

Here are a few of the STEM programs throughout the Department that encourage STEM careers and aim to increase learners’ engagement, interest in STEM and their perception of its value to their lives, or their ability or participate in STEM.


The Manos Science is a school-based STEM program provided by the Hispanic Leadership Outreach Committee for selected Albuquerque middle schools.

HMTech is a summer STEM program provided by the Sandia National Laboratory's Black Leadership Committee for middle and high school students.

The Dream Catchers Science Program is a summer STEM program provided by the Sandia National Laboratory's American Indian Outreach Committee for middle and high school students. The program gets students involved in fun, hands-on, science and engineering activities and provides an opportunity to explore a variety of STEM careers. 


HMTech is a summer STEM program provided by the Sandia National Laboratory's Black Leadership Committee for middle and high school students.

The Dream Catchers Science Program is a summer STEM program provided by the Sandia National Laboratory's American Indian Outreach Committee for middle and high school students. The program gets students involved in fun, hands-on, science and engineering activities and provides an opportunity to explore a variety of STEM careers. 


Minority Educational Institutions Student Partnership Program (MEISPP), run by the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, offers talented undergraduate and graduate students summer internship positions with the Department of Energy and our National Laboratories, with the goal of reaching underrepresented students in STEM fields, such as women and girls. Positions involve scientific research or a focus on policy, business, and government relations. All internships include paid lodging, round trip airfare, and monetary compensation. Students receive an intensive ten-week assignment to jumpstart their careers and develop their potential for future opportunities within the federal government. Students work side-by-side with leading scientists, engineers, and other top professionals to develop career skills and enhance leadership capabilities.

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship was initiated to increase opportunities for women and under-represented minorities who are pursuing degrees in STEM. During this 10 week summer program run by the Office of Fossil Energy, students will work at one of the Department's locations in focused research projects consistent with the Fossil Energy mission, and receive a paid stipend. At the conclusion of the internship, students attend a Technical Forum to present their research project and tour nearby technical sites. Applications for summer 2013 open on November 16 and close January 18.

The SUN Project matches the recruitment and convening power of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) with the technical resources and challenge of the Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl competition. Through the SUN Project, AISES will leverage its expansive network of professionals and students to help coach science bowl teams in pilot cities – Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Albuquerque. AISES members will also mentor middle school and high school students, teaching Power Up Workshops on energy literacy and the scientific method. Following this training, two middle school and two high school teams per pilot city will compete in regional Department of Energy Science Bowl competitions in the spring of 2014.

Minority Serving Institution Internship Program strives to recruit and hire a highly skilled workforce representing America’s rich diversity. Undergraduate and graduate students attending a MSI are welcome to apply for positions located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and at our Federal field offices, laboratories, and manufacturing plants.  NNSA has facilities in Albuquerque, N.M.; Kansas City, Mo.; Livermore, Calif.; Los Alamos, N.M.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Amarillo, Texas; Aiken, S.C.; and Oak Ridge, Tenn.  Selections are made each spring for summer placement.  Applicants must be at a participating MSI, 18 yrs or older, enrolled as a degree-seeking student maintaining a minimum of a half-time academic course load (as defined by the educational institution in which you are enrolled); and have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and be in good academic standing. Participating university career centers will share application procedures, which will include a resume, two letters of recommendation, and a short essay.

The Collegiate Wind Competition sends undergraduate students through a multi-part challenge that will expose them to a variety of opportunities in clean energy. Beginning in 2013, student teams from 10 universities across the country will design and construct a lightweight, transportable wind turbine that can be used to power small electronic devices. The competition culminates with a trip in the spring of 2014, when the teams will compete head-to-head. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The Community College Internship program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the Department’s mission by providing technical training experiences at the labs. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting the Department’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists and engineers.

Atlanta University Center Sustainable Campus Community Initiative.This collaboration with Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College is designed to support capacity building in the areas of alternative, renewable and green energy technologies.  The project’s goals include: (1) developing an energy/science portal site that will be available to all participating institutions' students and faculty; (2) creating an energy pipeline of students with the assistance of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) through a two-week High School Energy Summer Institute (HESI); and (3) creating an Energy Stars Fellowship Program to attract talented students and employ them in energy research efforts at an AUC or with a Department of Energy laboratories.

Historically Black Colleges & Universities and Other Minority Institutions Education and Training began in 1984, expanding learning opportunities for university students and increase collaborative efforts between the Nation's minority students and the fossil fuel industry. The Office of Fossil Energy holds annual competitions to fund research and training at Minority Serving Institutions, and research proposals can span virtually the entire spectrum of fossil fuel topics, from advanced ways to use coal cleanly to new methods for recovering and processing oil and natural gas, and innovations in fuel cell technology. Recently, the focus has been on sensors and controls; computational energy sciences; and advanced materials for power generation and for hydrogen separation and storage.

Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program. Clean Cities, in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Vehicle Technologies Program, offers students across the country the opportunity to work with community-based Clean Cities coalitions. In these paid internships, students can work on a variety of projects that reduce petroleum in the transportation sector, including communication on alternative fuels, fleet analysis, and stakeholder outreach. Internships with Clean Cities coalitions are available throughout the year for undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate students studying communications, public relations, business, marketing, engineering, or environmental sciences.

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program -encourages undergraduate students to pursue STEM careers by providing research experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

QuarkNet offers summer research opportunities in science and technology for students who have demonstrated a strong interest in and aptitude for science and mathematics. Two teams consisting of four students and one teacher work for six weeks with scientists or engineers on projects related to the Fermilab research program for six weeks.

The Industrial Assessment Center Program enables promising engineering students to conduct energy assessments in a broad range of manufacturing facilities, providing skills and experience that prepares the students to compete in today's economy while helping local companies and factories to reduce energy waste, save money, and become more economically competitive. Students at the 24 Universities that were selected in the last round of funding gain valuable knowledge on evaluating the efficiency of key industrial operations, systems, and processes. These experiences help them contribute directly to a company's bottom line.

SAGE, the Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience, is a unique educational program designed to introduce undergraduate students and professionals in geophysics and related fields to hands on geophysical exploration and research. The program emphasizes both teaching of field methods and research related to basic science and a variety of applied problems.


The Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) leverages the expertise of its six research program offices and the unique capabilities at the Department's laboratories to sponsor workforce training programs designed to motivate students and educators to pursue careers that will contribute to the Office of Science’s mission in discovery science and science for the national need. WDTS also partners and coordinates with other program offices and other federal agencies in its workforce and STEM education efforts.

The STEM Mentoring program, now in its third year, matches undergraduate students in the DC area to federal employees in STEM fields for custom-designed mentor/mentee relationships for 9 months. There are 46 participants, including 25 mentees and 21 mentors. The program includes orientation, action plans and mentoring agreements, quarterly activities, and quarterly reports.

NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy, called Energy Execs, provides an opportunity for non-technical decision-makers throughout the country to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools, and financing. The two Energy Execs learning opportunities are the Leadership Program and the Leadership Institute. The application process for the Leadership Academy will reopen in early 2015.