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DOE’s Office of Science Accepting Applications for Summer 2024 Undergraduate Internships and Visiting Faculty Placements

Students and Faculty Will Conduct Research and Technical Projects at National Laboratories

Applications are currently being accepted for the Summer 2024 term of two programs offered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science: the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program and the Visiting Faculty Program (VFP). The application deadline is January 9, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Through SULI, undergraduate students and recent graduates discover science and technology careers at DOE national laboratories and gain the experience needed to transition from intern to employment. Interns work directly with national laboratory scientists and engineers, assisting them on research or technology projects that support the DOE mission. SULI is open to full-time students attending 4-year institutions and community colleges or recent graduates within two years of receiving their bachelor’s or associate degree. The program is stipend-based and offered three times annually in Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

VFP is offered in two tracks: (1) VFP Research Collaboration and (2) the VFP Teaching Initiative Track (available for returning VFP participants). The program seeks to enhance both the research competitiveness and STEM teaching capacities for faculty members at institutions historically underrepresented in the STEM research enterprise to expand the workforce vital to DOE mission areas. Given this focus, VFP strongly supports faculty members from minority serving institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Typically, about 50% of the participants are from MSIs, one-third of which are HBCUs. Selected college and university faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory scientific research staff on research projects of mutual interest.

SULI and VFP participants are selected by the DOE national laboratories and facilities from a diverse pool of applicants from academic institutions around the country. The programs are managed by the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in the Office of Science. More information can be found at

Application assistance workshops for both programs will be offered throughout November and into December. Additionally, prospective VFP applicants can engage with recruiters and scientists from the DOE national laboratories at a summer internship fair sponsored by WDTS and hosted by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. See the schedule below for more information.


  • Application Workshops (optional):
    • SULI workshops
      • November 15, 2023 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST (register here)
      • November 29, 2023 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST for Application Review and SULI Alumni Panel (register here)
  • WDTS Summer Internship Fair hosted by ORISE (optional):
  • Deadline for Applications: January 9, 2024; 5:00 p.m. EST