Berkeley Lab

Internship Opportunities at Berkeley Lab

There are several internship opportunities available for students: the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship, the Community College Internship, and the Office of Science Graduate Student Research programs. The programs are sponsored and managed by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in collaboration with the DOE National Laboratories.

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

(left photo) Arun Persaud, Staff Scientist at ATAP’s Fusion & Ion Beam Technology program, with 2018 SULI intern Grace Woods as they take data on beam output from a multi-beam ion accelerator. (right photo) Staff Scientist Kei Nakamura (right), Research Scientist Lieselotte Obst-Huebl (middle), and 2022 SULI intern Anya Jewell show a radiochromic film that has been irradiated with protons accelerated at BELLA iP2 in ATAP. (Credit Marilyn Sargent/Berkeley Lab)

The SULI program encourages undergraduates from two- and four-year colleges, post-baccalaureates, and graduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math careers. Applications for the fall SULI program, which runs for 16 weeks from August through December, close at 5:00 pm Eastern Time on May 25, 2023.

This year’s SULI intern, Valerie Smykalov, will be mentored by Arun Persaud from the Fusion Sciences & Ion Beam Technology program from June through August.

Further information on how to apply for the SULI program can be found by clicking here.

The Community College Internship (CCI)

The CCI program aims to encourage community college students to enter technical careers by providing 10-week internships. Under the guidance of the Lab’s staff scientists or engineers, interns work on technologies, instrumentation projects, or major research facilities related to DOE’s ongoing research and development programs. Applications for the fall CCI program (which runs for 15 weeks from August through December) close at 5:00 pm Eastern Time on May 25, 2023. 

Cindy (Johnny) Chinchilla Pinto, a CCI summer intern will be mentored by Jeroen van Tilborg from the BELLA Center from June through August. 

Further information and how to apply for the CCI program can be found by clicking here.

Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

In the spring of 2022, the SCGSR Program enabled three graduate students to spend time in the Accelerator Technology & Applied Physics Division’s BELLA Center at Berkeley Lab. Clockwise from left: Kyle Jensen, Lauren Cooper, and Roland Hesse. (Credit: Kyle Jensen/Lauren Cooper/Roland Hesse)

The SCGSR program prepares doctoral students for career success in areas that support the U.S. Office of Science’s mission “to deliver scientific discoveries and tools that transform our understanding of nature, and to advance the country’s energy, economic, and national security.”

Students selected for the program spend three to 12 consecutive months performing research toward their theses at the Lab with a scientist from the U.S. Department of Energy. Applications. To assist applications with their submissions, which are due by 5:00 pm Eastern Time on May 3, 2023, a workshop titled “Q&A, Application and Proposal Guidance,” has been scheduled for 2:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time on April 20, 2023. To register for the workshop, click here.

Further information and how to apply for the SCGSR program can be found by clicking here.


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