Argonne National Laboratory

International Safeguards Summer Internship Opportunities

The Center for Strategic Security (CSS) at Argonne National Laboratory works in cooperation with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to offer summer 2018 internships for ambitious, high-caliber students in the field of international safeguards research sponsored by the NNSA Office of International Nuclear Safeguards. The internship is specifically tailored so that applicants will be directly supporting ongoing research programs at the laboratory.

Safeguards Policy Research

Participants will assist with safeguards policy studies, human capital development, knowledge management, and research into safeguards concepts and approaches. Some flexibility will be available for interns to perform some independent research on a safeguards policy research topic of their choosing. Interns applying for this internship should indicate in their application their interest in a career in international safeguards or nonproliferation and potential independent research topic of interest. Ideal candidates will have a background in safeguards policy, nuclear nonproliferation, and/or export controls.

Application Deadline

March 15, 2018


A 10-12 week summer program (May-September). Exact number of weeks and start date are negotiated with the applicant.


Access to practical, real world projects and training.

Appointees receive an hourly wage which is determined by the hiring division and the Educational Programs Office. Travel reimbursement is determined by the hiring division in accordance with laboratory policy. All travel arrangements must be made by the hiring division in order to receive any reimbursement.


Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing.

Application Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen;
  • Enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program in the U.S.;
  • Be 18 years or older at the time the appointment begins;
  • Must be pursuing studies in related fields, such as nonproliferation, nuclear engineering, chemistry, mechanical engineering, or export controls;
  • Possess knowledge of international nuclear safeguards;
  • Clear and concise writing skills are a plus;
  • Proficiency/experience in research, analysis, and/or presenting is highly desirable;
  • Pass a background check; and
  • Pass a screening drug test which Argonne pays for.

To Apply:

  • Submit a current resumé, unofficial academic transcript, and cover letter as a .pdf file to;
  • Have two (2) letters of recommendation emailed to;

Please note: Use of marijuana/cannabis or its derivatives if prescribed is legal in some states in the United States and is legally used recreationally in some other countries. Having these drugs in your system is NOT legal at United States Federal Contractor sites such as Argonne National Laboratory.