Students must be a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) at the time of application.
Eligibility Requirements (Note: Postdoctoral students are not eligible for the RSI program)
To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must:
- Meet one of three criteria noted below:
- Applicants may be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in a degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university (including accredited community colleges) at the time of application.
- Applicants must have completed at least one semester (or academic quarter, if applicable) and at least 12 credit hours toward a degree at the time of application.
- Graduate students must have completed at least one semester (or academic quarter, if applicable) and at least 12 credit hours toward their graduate degree at the time of application.
- Applicants may also be a recent graduate (associate/bachelor/master) from an accredited institution. The time period between receipt of an undergraduate or graduate degree and starting the RSI appointment must be two years or less.
- Applicants may be a veteran of the United States Armed Services who has received their DD-214 no more than four (4) years prior to the start date of the internship (to be verified with a DD Form 214 and a high school diploma or GED)
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application (undergraduate and graduate combined OR graduate GPA alone)
- Be at least 18 years of age
Application Review and Appointment Offer Process
- Applications are reviewed directly by ORNL researchers with an available project.
- Selections and appointment offers will be made on a rolling basis starting on or around March 5, 2024.
- Selected students must respond to their offer within seven (7) days of receipt of the offer.
During the Appointment
Appointments require a commitment to the research program at ORNL. The participant's research must be conducted in a manner and according to a time schedule that meets the overall research needs of ORNL.
- All RSI participants are required to submit an appointment reflection and develop a poster or technical talk at the end of the program.
- Participants may also have the opportunity to collaborate on manuscripts and/or to join conferences, poster sessions, and other opportunities to present or publish their research.
- Stipend (paid biweekly)
- Participants receive a biweekly stipend. Stipend payments and housing allowances are taxable as an educational benefit. There will be a delay after starting before you receive your first stipend. You should be prepared to cover all personal expenses for the first 30 days of your appointment.
- $750 per week for undergraduate students, recent graduates (Associate's), or recently separated veterans with high school diploma/GED
- $850 per week for recent graduates (Bachelor’s)
- $950 per week for graduate students or recent graduates (Master’s)
- Housing Allowance (paid biweekly with stipend)
- A housing allowance of $250 per week will be provided to participants.
- Eligible participants whose permanent address is more than 50 miles from ORNL may receive a travel reimbursement of up to $1,000 for round-trip travel to and from ORNL
All awards and active participation in the program are contingent upon security access approval to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, agreement with the Terms of Appointment, and completion of all contingencies in the offer letter. All contingencies of an appointment offer must be met before the applicant can begin an appointment.
The application will require:
- Profile information
- Educational details (i.e. dates of attendance/graduation, GPAs, majors, etc.)
- Relevant Experience
- Awards and honors
- Statement of Purpose: goals, experience, skills, and personal information
- Research areas of interest
- An updated resume or CV, 2 page limit (.pdf upload)
- 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 upload)
- One Recommendation - The application will be considered incomplete and will not be eligible for review and consideration until one recommendation is received. Applicants will provide contact information for recommenders, including current email addresses. Applicants are encouraged to request multiple recommendations and begin contacting recommenders immediately upon submitting an application. Recommendation letters will be uploaded in Zintellect and should address the applicant’s academic record and potential for success in a STEM internship, as indicated by intellectual merit, research/technical, communication, and teamwork skills. Recommenders cannot be a family member. The first recommendation received via Zintellect will meet the program requirement.
All documents must be submitted via Zintellect. All application components must be completed and received in the system in order to be considered.
For questions, undergraduate students and recent associate's/bachelor's graduates should contact ORNL-USO@orise.orau.gov, and graduate students and recent master's graduates should contact ORNL-GSO@orise.orau.gov.