Governmental Internship Opportunities
Argonne National Laboratory, Division of Educational Programs
This Web site is dedicated to providing information about the various
programs offered at Division of Educational Programs. Whether you are
graduate student, undergraduate, K–12 student, or faculty member,
DEP has a program that will engage you in a scientific learning experience.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention protects health and promotes quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability.
Department of Defense (DOD)
The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP), sponsored by American Society for Engineering Education and the Department of Defense, is an eight week summer program for high school students.
Department of Energy
This program places students in paid internships in Science and Engineering
at any of several Department of Energy facilities. Many of the participants
in the program have decided on a career in science and engineering because
of the nature of the experience. Students work with scientists or engineers
on projects related to the laboratories' research programs. The different
laboratories each offer different research opportunities.
The summer programs at the various laboratories will run from late May
to mid-August, fall programs run from August through December and spring
programs from January through May. The exact start date will depend on
the laboratory and will be given to participants who have been accepted
at that specific laboratory. Students are required to participate for
the full term of the program.
Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
The Office of Science and Technology Policy advises the President on science and technology and the relationship with domestic and international affairs. Applications for its Student Volunteer Program are accepted for one of three annual terms (Spring, Summer, or Fall) from students who are US citizens and who are actively enrolled in an accredited higher education institution. The positions are without compensation but provide practical work experience and networking opportunities in science and technology policy arena.
US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
The US Environmental Protection Agency is a governmental agency dedicated
to preserving human health and safeguarding the natural environment. The
US EPA conducts research and regulation concerning the five environmental
hazards: air and water pollution, solid waste disposal, radiation, and
- US EPA Student Opportunities
- US EPA Greater Research Opportunities—Deadline December 5. US EPA will award approximately 40 new fellowships in the summer of 2013. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an US EPA facility during the summer of their junior year.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a variety of programs
for those interested in working in a world class scientific research environment
with state-of-the-art facilities. The programs offered are tailored to
high school through graduate-level students, teachers, and faculty and
provide the opportunity to engage in practical research experience to
further their educational, research or teaching goals. Students, faculty
and teachers will work alongside LLNL researchers and staff through a
variety of programs.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The National Cancer Institute, the largest component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the nation's premier biomedical research facility and a world leader in cancer research. The National Cancer Institute has a wide variety of summer internship opportunities. NCI’s Introduction to Cancer Research Careers Program recruits students from underrepresented populations and/or financially disadvantaged backgrounds who seek research internships. Participants are invited to NCI for a two-day expense-paid visit in February where they interview for summer and/or post-baccalaureate (1-year) internships across the Institute.
National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR)
The National Center for Toxicological Research is an important research component of the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) that promotes and protects public health through research, application of research to improve safety evaluation, developing a scientifically sound basis for regulatory decisions, and evaluating the effects of chemicals on health. Summer research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students are available in Arkansas at NCTR. The 10-week Summer Student Research Program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, is designed for science and mathematics students preparing for future careers in toxicology, regulatory science, or related scientific disciplines, and provides research and laboratory experience mentored by US FDA scientists.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is part of the
National Institutes of Health. The mission of the National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is to reduce human illness from
environmental causes through research, prevention and intervention efforts,
Summer Internship Program
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health is the governmental agency that conducts and coordinates health-related research in the United States. Students from high school through graduate school can participate in biomedical research at NIH facilities and through NIH grants at other facilities.
National Science Foundation (NSF)
The National Science Foundation funds a large number of research
opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites program.
An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in
the research programs of the host institution. Each student is
associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely
with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends
and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.
Centralized location for searching for government-related positions
US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The US Department of Agriculture is the government agency concerned with
production, marketing and safety of food as well as nutrition and clean
water programs and issues in rural communities.
US National Arboretum
The US National Arboretum offers a limited number of internships in horticulture, botany, research, education, and other areas.
Send internship listings to Betty
Eidemiller at SOT Headquarters.