DOE Accepting Applications for Fall 2023 Undergraduate Intern and Visiting Faculty Programs

Published: 22 March 2023

Students and faculty will conduct research and technical projects at national laboratories

Applications are currently being accepted for the fall 2023 term of three programs offered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science: the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program, the Community College Internships (CCI) program, and the Visiting Faculty Program (VFP).

  • The application deadline for all three programs is Thursday, May 25, 2023, at 5 p.m. Eastern time.


Through SULI and CCI, undergraduate students discover science and technology careers at the 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 four-year institutions and community colleges or recent graduates within two years of receiving their bachelor’s degree, while CCI is exclusively for community college students. Both programs are stipend-based and offered three times annually in fall, spring, and summer.

A total of three informational workshops will be held for SULI and CCI (all times Eastern below). One application workshop will be held for each program and will provide an overview of the program’s unique requirements and application process. The third and final workshop will highlight SULI and CCI opportunities at the DOE national laboratories and feature breakout rooms with lab representatives.

In recent years, researchers working on the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility’s TRacking Aerosol Convection interactions Experiment (TRACER) have mentored SULI interns.

Potential mentors should reach out to SULI and CCI program contacts at their labs for information on how to request an intern.


VFP seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in STEM to expand the workforce vital to DOE mission areas. As such, VFP especially attracts 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. Each participating faculty member may invite one or two students (one of whom may be a graduate student) to join the research team.

One informational workshop will be held for VFP (times Eastern below). The first part of the workshop will introduce the program and application process, and the second part will feature a panel of VFP alumni.

  • VFP workshop: Wednesday, April 26, 2023, from 2 to 3 p.m. (register now)

Additional information about SULI, CCI, and VFP is accessible from the home page of the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS). Resources include lists of participating laboratories, eligibility requirements, application guidance, frequently asked questions, and highlights featuring former interns.

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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.