Internships and Early-Career Appointments

Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers opportunities to begin your career through postdoctoral appointments and fellowships and to continue your STEM education through internships, co-ops, and other appointments for high school and university students and post-graduates.

Distinguished Staff Fellowships

The ORNL Distinguished Staff Fellowship Program is a highly competitive and prestigious early-career research opportunity. Through this program, future scientific leaders are identified and provided with resources and mentorship which will aid them in transitioning to research staff at the conclusion of their initial three-year fellowship terms.


Postdoctoral scholars play an important role in ORNL’s success. The ORNL Postdoctoral Program offer access to some of the nation’s leading scientific facilities, professional development opportunities, and the ORNL Postdoctoral Association, which promotes research and cultural networking. In addition to appointments in all of our scientific research areas, the laboratory provides fellowships through the ORNL Distinguished Fellowships Program.

Recent Graduates

ORNL has rewarding opportunities for those jumpstarting their careers. The ORNL Post-Bachelor’s and Post-Master’s Research Participation Programs target upcoming and recent graduates who are prepared to work in dynamic research teams. Visit our post-bachelor's pages or post-master's pages to find your next big challenge.


Each year, ORNL hosts approximately 1,200 undergraduate and graduate interns and postgrads in the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Talented students are selected to be fully immersed in hands-on research and technical training. Please visit our Science Education Programs page to begin your application.


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