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Material Characterization & Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Summer 2024 Internship

Description - External

Is an internship passionate about changing the world's energy future intriguing? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!

This posting is intended for multiple positions.

Reporting to the Advance Fuels Manufacturing and Development Manager, you will assist with hands-on research relevant to the development nuclear fuel fabrication methods, materials characterization, or irradiation experiment assembly in radiological facilities.

Additional Projects may vary based on candidate education level and experience. Potential projects may include: - Alloying and casting uranium-bearing materials, - Powder metallurgy techniques for fabrication of ceramic fuels - Sample preparation and characterization, utilizing methods such as SEM, XRD, BET, and optical microscopy, - Advanced welding and brazing techniques for irradiation experiment hardware and instrumentation. - Fabricating powder feedstock of uranium alloys via atomization and evaluating characteristics for use in advanced manufacturing techniques - Background and literatures reviews - Summarizing results or findings in a report or publication. This team works a 4x10 schedule and works onsite at the Materials and Fuels Complex near Idaho Falls, Idaho.

During their internship, interns can attend colloquia that feature world-renowned researchers discussing a broad range of energy topics, from nuclear non-proliferation to hybrid energy systems. They tour INL, which covers 900-plus square miles, to learn about research programs, past accomplishments and INL plans for the future. These tours include visits to Experimental Breeder Reactor-1, where nuclear fission generated the world's first usable amount of electricity, the Advanced Test Reactor, the Transient Test Reactor, and the Hot Fuels Examination Facility. Additionally, interns participate in workshops to help develop important career related skills like resumé writing, interviewing, networking and communication skills.

Qualifications - External

  • Undergraduate or Graduate Students enrolled full time at an accredited college/university studying Mechanical, Chemical, Nuclear Engineering Or Materials Science and Engineering.
  • A minimum overall (3.0)GPA
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. (including CPT and OPT)

Application Requirements:

  • Current Resume or CV
  • Unofficial Transcripts (include current and completed degree programs)
  • Current class schedule and number of credits
  • You are required to show a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Undergraduate Internships ($25.65/hour - $30.70/hour)
  • Masters Internships and PhD Internships Pre-Candidacy ($31.75/hour - $34.06/hour)
  • PhD Internships Post-Candidacy ($33.75/hour - $36.06/hour)
  • Eligible interns are provided paid holiday time off, and many of our internships offer travel reimbursements.
  • Multi-Level: This is a multi-level posting and you will be placed at the appropriate level dependent on degree field and level of education.

INL is a science-based, applied engineering national laboratory dedicated to supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s mission in nuclear energy research, science, and national defense. With more than 5,800 scientists, researchers, and support staff, the laboratory works with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to discover new science and development technologies that underpin the nation’s nuclear and renewable energy, national security, and environmental missions.

INL hosts over 550 undergraduate and graduate students each year to support INL’s mission. Opportunities for interns at INL range from nuclear engineering to cybersecurity and include non-scientific positions in several operations and business subject areas.

Selective Service Requirements To be eligible for employment at INL males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service System (SSS). For more information see

Equal Employment Opportunity Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. It is the policy of INL to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Reasonable Accommodation We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Other Information When applying to positions please provide a resume and answer all questions on the following screens. Applicants, who fail to provide a resume or answer the questions may be deemed ineligible for consideration.

INL does not accept resumes from third-party vendors unsolicited.