Summer Internship
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Welcome to the Summer Internship Program

Engineering’s student internship program is a year-round recruiting tool for our diverse pool of top fulltime talent. Most interns learn about the Lab’s programs from our campus recruitment and relationships with universities. Summer is the high season for internships, though we host students throughout the year.

Internships are a way to test drive a career at the Lab. A strong focus in Engineering is to expose students to the many career options offered at LLNL. Interns work on projects appropriate to their education and experience, aided by mentors who help them realize project goals. For each participant, the summer program includes networking opportunities, student socials, technical talks, and tours of the Laboratory.

TYPES OF ENGINEERING SUMMER INTERNSHIPS OFFERED

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM

The high-school program is an opportunity for underserved students at partner high schools in Livermore to experience what a STEM career is like. Open to those entering their senior year and aged 16 or older, the four-week internship program pairs students with scientists and engineers to provide an experience of the Lab environment, project teamwork, and working with a mentor. The program runs from mid-July till the first week of August. Students are notified of this opportunity by their schools.

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NEURODIVERSITY SUMMER INTERNSHIP

The Engineering Directorate collaborates with Orion Academy, a high school in Moraga, California, to identify top rising seniors with autism-spectrum and other neurocognitive disorders for a one-month internship. Students are matched with trained mentors to experience the job of a research scientist, participating in all programs and events offered to Engineering interns.

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOLAR PROGRAM

Engineering offers local community-college students an opportunity for hands-on experience with Lab scientists and engineers. Students may work on a variety of projects, depending on skills and completed classwork, including vacuum technology, electronics, machining, prototyping, and robotics. They may also support engineers by setting up and conducting experiments. Students participate in all programs and events offered to Engineering interns.

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VETS2TECH

Vets2Tech is a program for planned education in partnership with Las Positas College for veterans and others interested in STEM jobs and a two-year technical degree. Students connect with Laboratory mentors while improving technical skills and working on real problems in national security. Features include soft-skills training, workshops, tours, and support and tutoring. School credit and paid internships after the first year may be available.

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ENGINEERING INTERNSHIP PROGRAM FOR ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS

LLNL hires students from many engineering disciplines for the internship program—including mechanical, electrical, computer, materials, nuclear, manufacturing, civil, bio, and aerospace. Math, statistics, and data-science majors are also employed. Interns leverage their education and acquire new skills while working directly with a mentor. Individuals can work independently on a single project with their mentor and are encouraged to produce a poster at the end of the summer. Socials, tours, project-management training, and technical talks throughout the summer ensure a well-rounded experience.

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WORKING AT LLNL: WHAT STUDENTS SAY

Interning at LLNL has been one of the best choices I’ve made for my career. It gave me the hybrid experience of working in both industry and research. Everyone made me feel welcome and encouraged me to reach my fullest potential. I am now on my third summer internship and first summer as a graduate intern, and look forward to coming back for more.

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Anne C.

Material Engineering Division

Interning at LLNL was critical to me applying to grad school and through a lab sponsored fellowship I was able to make that happen. As a returning student, I have been able to align my graduate research with work at the lab and push my career forward.

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Nathan L.

Material Engineering Division

I have interned at the lab for the past two summers, so it will be my third experience here as of 2020. I was very new and unfamiliar with a working environment and engineering principles and gained a lot of technical and social skills. I’m now planning on pursuing higher education. I have come a long way and I attribute a lot of it to my experiences at LLNL.

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Payal S.

Defense Technologies Engineering
Division Computational Engineering
Division Material Engineering Division

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