2024 JUMP into STEM Building Technologies Internship Program

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
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How to Apply

NOTE: this opportunity is for JUMP into STEM participants only.  All students enrolled in a U.S. college or university are welcome to participate in JUMP into STEM.  Please see the JUMP into STEM website for details.

The internship application will require:

  • Profile Information
  • Educational details (e.g., dates of attendance/graduation, GPA, major(s))
  • Awards and honors
  • Internships or related experience
  • Short answer questions on relevant goals, interests, experiences, and skills
  • An updated resume (pdf)
  • Contact information for one academic or professional recommender, including current email address
  • Academic records - For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of academic records may be submitted showing name, school name, current/enrolled classes, and GPA (pdf)

All application components, including responses to all application essays and all required questions, must be completed and received in the system in order to be considered. Applicant must also complete idea submission at JUMP into STEM to be considered for the opportunity. Selections will be made by a screening committee based on challenge competition criteria and eligibility for the appointments at ORNL, NREL, and PNNL.  

For questions, contact Chris Nelson at JUMP-BTIP@orise.orau.gov.

Application Deadline
11/10/2023 5:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

In conjunction with the Department of Energy Building Technology Office, JUMP into STEM engages students and professors from science, technology, engineering, and math backgrounds, as well as from other disciplines including architecture, art, communications, computer science, economics, policy, and the social sciences. The JUMP into STEM challenges can be presented by professors as a modular component through coursework or pursued by students as an extracurricular development opportunity.

This application is for students participating in the JUMP into STEM competition to win a 10-week paid internship during the summer of 2024 at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), or the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Only select students with the top winning concepts will be eligible for internships. Awardees will be assigned their internship location.

The JUMP into STEM competition has seen five successful iterations. Please see the online news story (https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/articles/bto-announces-winners-jump-stems-final-competition-0) to learn about the August 2022 through January 2023 competition. The upcoming cycle will determine competition winners in early 2024 for summer 2024 internships.

Awards to Win

Eligible JUMP into STEM participants who win the final competition will be appointed full-time internships for the summer term (10 weeks) at ORNL, NREL, or PNNL and will be engaged in a research and technology project under the guidance of a laboratory scientist or engineer. Start and end dates may be flexible. Undergraduates will receive a stipend of $700 per week, pre-Master's graduate-level students will receive a stipend of $800, and post-Master's gradate-level students will receive a stipend of $900 per week. Participants are eligible for a $250 per week housing allowance and for mileage or flight travel reimbursement to/from the hosting facility (up to $1000).

Program Timelines

  • Tuesday, August 1, 2023 – Zintellect application opens
  • Friday, November 10, 2023 at 5 p.m. EST – Competition closes for idea submission at JUMP into STEM website; student portion of the JUMP into STEM Internship Program applications due
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 – By this date, references need to have completed the reference form that will be emailed directly to them via Zintellect.
  • Monday, Dec. 4, 2023 – Announcement of finalists, who will be invited to compete in the JUMP into STEM final competition
  • Friday, Dec. 8, 2023 – Finalists confirm whether they will compete at final event
  • Thursday, Jan. 25 and Friday, Jan. 26, 2024 – Final event for JUMP into STEM at ORNL
  • Monday, Jan. 29 to Friday, Feb. 9, 2024 – Notification of internship appointment offer.

Program Eligibility:

  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking program at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university at time of application
    • The student must be attending the U.S. college or university and be physically located in the U.S.
    • Students graduating in fall of 2023 or later are eligible for the internship.
  • Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as of the application date, which is November 10, 2023
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have medical insurance effective for entire term of appointment
  • Have one academic or professional recommendation
  • Selected participants will be required to submit a technical report or poster at the end of the appointment period
  • Provide proof of relevant citizenship/immigration status
    • If a selected applicant is not a U.S. citizen, they must obtain and show proof of a valid visa status allowing us to pay them a stipend. Once and offer has been made, the ORISE Immigration Office may guide the process of obtaining appropriate immigration documents. Participants who are foreign nationals must also receive approval and clearance from the U.S. Department of Energy; this process is initiated by hosting lab and could take more than ten weeks.
    • The time for approval and clearance from the U.S. Department of Energy (U.S. Federal Government) can vary or, in some instances, be longer than the internship period or the cutoff time for booking travel for JUMP into STEM final competition participation, thus making competition or internship participation infeasible.
  • Internship will be the summer of 2024 only. Once awarded, students are responsible for securing their approval to participate and receive a stipend in the summer of 2024. (This impacts students who are foreign nationals.)
Eligibility Requirements
  • Degree: Currently pursuing an Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree.
  • Overall GPA: 3.00
  • Discipline(s):
    • Business (11 )
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (6 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (48 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (13 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (2 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (29 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age

I certify that:

  • I have submitted or will submit an idea to the JUMP into STEM competition by Friday, November 10, 2023.
  • To the best of my knowledge all information contained in this application is accurate
  • I understand that any falsification will render me ineligible for participation and, if found after participation has begun, may require me to reimburse any funds received