Oak Ridge Associated Universities internship Program for Post Secondary Students

Sponsoring Organization:

The Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Science and Engineering Education

P.O. Box 117
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-0117
Tel: (423) 576-8158
Fax: (423) 241-5220


The cost to participating departments/agencies for a summer intern ranges from $4,500 to $7,400 depending on whether travel and housing are required. The Cost includes ORAU administration. Participants are not considered employees of the department/agency or ORAU, but are administratively associated with ORAU through a letter agreement and terms of appointment.

For additional information, call Linda Holmes, Group Manager, at (865) 576-3192, or via e-mail at

Internship Period: Summer internships are for 10 weeks, beginning in the first week of June and ending in August. Internships are also available during the academic semester on a full time and part time basis.

Application deadline: The deadline to receive applications from students for the summer term is the last week in February. However, ORAU will work with agencies that have special needs at any time during the year.

Geographic Availability: ORAU recruits and places interns nationwide.

Application Process:

To be eligible for the Internship Program, applicants must be undergraduates enrolled in U.S. colleges or universities, and must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens. In addition, applicants must submit a completed application, a transcript, two letters of recommendation and a description or research interest and career plans. While ORAU screens all applications, the agency makes final selections. Selection is based upon the applicant’s interest, academic achievements, and the needs of agencies.

Orientation Session/Training: ORAU provides interns with an internship handbook and guidance on writing resumes, and administers a personality typing indicator test to help interns maximize their interpersonal relationships for a successful internship experience. ORAU conducts evaluations near the end of the appointment in order to determine the success of the program and to obtain feedback for improvement.

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