Argonne National Laboratory

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship
"Argonne turned out to be a great experience and I learned so much that I can apply to my work and future career. I would love to come back in the future."
-2016 Intern

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research internships at one of 15 participating Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Students perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE's mission. This work is supported through the DOE's Office of Science Workforce Development for Teachers and Students Office (WDTS).


Internship opportunities are available during the following terms. Summer (10 weeks), Fall and Spring (15 weeks). Applications are solicited annually three times a year through the DOE website for each of the terms. Each DOE laboratory offers different research opportunities; not all DOE laboratories offer internships during the Fall and Spring Terms.

A typical experience starts with students spending the first week with an Argonne supervising staff member devising a research strategy and attending mandatory safety classes. For the next few weeks, the supervisor will provide considerable program assistance and guidance. Subsequently, the student will be expected to complete a pre- and post-survey, oral or poster presentation, 1500 - 3000 word research report, and a one-page peer review. In addition to their research activities, participants are provided tours of the facilities and attend a series of seminars in current topics in science and engineering and career development.

Financial Information

During the appointment period, participants receive a stipend of $500 per week and on site housing. Dormitory type lodging is available on site at no direct cost to the student. Students choosing to live in the onsite student housing are required to have a valid major credit card (MasterCard, Visa or American Express only) when checking in. This will be used for the security deposit. In addition, your card will also be charged the first week of each month for the prior month’s charges. You will be reimbursed in your pay check.

Please be advised that the Guest House which is managed by Sodexo is on a different billing cycle than Argonne. By the time students receive their last paycheck, students will have received full reimbursement for their housing. For the use of debit cards, students may receive authorizations during their stay. These authorizations are usually removed 7 business days after your check out depending on your Financial Institution.


Transportation expenses are reimbursed for one round-trip between the students home or academic institution (wherever you are located immediately prior to the start of their appointment and wherever they student goes immediately following their appointment) and Argonne. Travel will be paid only for students whose permanent address is more than fifty miles away from Argonne.

Transportation expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of the most direct route. Travel by a private automobile will be reimbursed at the current government rate up to a maximum of $500.00 round-trip not to exceed the cost of round-trip coach airfare. No per diem or lodging costs will be reimbursed while en route. We will calculate distance according to MapQuest. Students will receive their reimbursement check three to four weeks after their arrival. If students are traveling to Argonne via air, Argonne must make the travel arrangements. Students will not be reimbursed if they make their own flight arrangements.


Summer 2017 internships application deadline January 13, 2017.

Fall 2017 internships application deadline June 2017.

Spring 2018 internships application deadline October 2017.


  • Must be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. institution and completed at least one year as a matriculated undergraduate student at the time of applying;
  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation;
  • 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; and
  • 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.