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Educational Programs and Outreach

Seasonal Internship Program

Under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, students perform research on projects supporting the Department of Energy’s mission.


Argonne’s Seasonal Internship program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research internships.

A student will spend the first week of their Argonne experience with an Argonne 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 to implement the research plan. Subsequently, the student will be required to give a poster presentation at the end of their appointment.

In addition to their research activities, participants attend a series of weekly seminars and tours dealing with current topics in science and engineering as well as career development.

Seasonal Internship Program

The online application for Fall 2024 is now open! The deadline to apply is Friday, June 14, 2024.

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Application Requirements

  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited institution (including accredited community colleges and 2-year colleges) and have completed at least one semester or quarter as a matriculated undergraduate student at the time of applying.
  • OR
  • Must be a recent graduate who has not yet started a program of graduate study and will not matriculate as a graduate student prior to completing the seasonal internship term. The time period between completing an undergraduate degree and starting the seasonal internship term must be less than three months.

  • 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.
  • Pass a screening drug test.
  • All appointments must be conducted within the United States.
  • Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne’s Legal Department.

Financial Information

During the appointment period, participants receive a stipend of $650 per week (effective summer 2022) and on-site housing. Residence Hall style lodging is available on-site to students residing more than twenty miles from the laboratory. Students choosing to live in the on-site 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.


Travel will be paid only for students whose permanent and school addresses are more than fifty miles away from Argonne. Travel expenses are reimbursed consistent with the terms detailed in the laboratory acceptance letter. Travel reimbursement is based on a round-trip from the traveler’s trip origin (trip origin to Argonne and Argonne back to trip origin).

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 Google Maps. 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.

Upcoming Deadlines

The fall 2024 application is now open and accepting applications. The deadline is Friday, June 14, 2024 at 11:59 PM CT.