Argonne National Laboratory

Professional Career Internship Program
"Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience." - Seth Godin

The Professional Career Internship Program (PCI) is for undergraduate students who are pursuing careers in:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Business Management
  • Construction Management
  • Human Resources
  • Immigration Law
  • Marketing
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Science Writing

Students perform their internship under the guidance of laboratory staff on projects supporting Argonne’s mission.


A student will spend the first week of his/her Argonne experience with an Argonne staff member devising a strategy and attending mandatory safety classes. For the next few weeks, the supervisor will provide considerable program assistance and guidance to implement the internship plan. Subsequently, the student will be required to give a poster presentation at the end of their appointment.


Students receive a salary and under certain conditions, travel reimbursement. Salaries are competitive and are based upon the field of study and academic year status of the student. Travel will only be paid for students whose permanent addresses are more than fifty miles away from Argonne. Transportation expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of the most direct route, current government mileage rate or lowest commercial airfare (if travel by air). All travel arrangements must be made by the hiring division in order to receive any reimbursement.


During the appointment period, on-site housing is available. Students choosing to live in the on-site student housing should contact the Argonne Guest House at (630) 739-6000 to make a reservation as well as obtain cost information. Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing.


Summer 2018 internship application deadline February 1, 2018. The deadline for science writing applications is March 2, 2018.

Science Writing Requirements

In addition to the above application requirements, the following requirements are for students applying for a science writing internship:

  • Must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited institution and completed at least sophomore year schooling with demonstrated competence in science writing;
  • Must have a demonstrated writing ability and an interest in science; and
  • Email three (3) writing samples to Writing samples weigh most heavily in the selection process. We recommend stories and articles about science written for a public audience. This can include samples written specifically for this application or for classes, or writing published in newspapers, magazines or blogs (including student newspapers). Less recommended are write-ups for experiments, as these typically are written for a scientific audience in the passive voice.

Application Requirements

  • Must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited institution and completed at least one year of schooling;
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation emailed to;
  • Undergraduate cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • 18 years or older at the time the internship begins;
  • U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident at the time of applying;
  • Satisfactory background check;
  • Pass a screening drug test which Argonne pays for.

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.