About the Program

The Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program seeks students pursuing degrees in a variety of academic majors, including, but not limited to:

Engineering - Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Material, Mechanical, Metallurgical, Nuclear, and Petroleum.
Sciences - Biological, Computer, Information Technology, Geology, Math, Microbiology, and Physics.
Social Sciences - Economics, International Relations, National Security, Organizational Psychology, Policy, Political Science and Sociology.
Business - Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Management, and Public Administration.

Program Objectives

Technical Experience

Undergraduate/Graduate students gain 10 weeks and High School students gain 8 weeks of substantive professional and technical career experience while working side-by-side with an assigned mentor who is a subject matter expert in the U.S. Department of Energy. Mentors will help students tailor their practical work experience to the larger context of their professional interests.

Interpersonal and Leadership Skills

Interns participate in workshops that are designed to develop well-rounded leaders. Workshops may address topics such as time management, development of a professional identity, or effective communication skills.

Career Opportunities

Students have an opportunity to network with experts throughout the U.S. Department of Energy and its national laboratories. By attending business meetings, scheduled field trips and planned activities, students have a chance to explore career opportunities on a daily basis.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Undergraduate/Graduate Students
    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Be a U.S. citizen (permanent residents and green card holders are ineligible)
    • Have earned at least 24 undergraduate semester hours (39 quarter credit hours)
    • MUST BE ENROLLED as a full time student. Recent graduates are not eligible to participate in the program unless they are enrolled in a graduate. program
    • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 (minimum) or above on a 4.0 scale
  • High School Students
    • Be at least 16 years of age
    • Be a U.S. citizen (permanent residents and green card holders are ineligible)
    • Completed sophomore year of high school
    • Must live in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area
    • MUST BE ENROLLED as a full time high school student
    • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 (minimum) or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Applicants must also demonstrate the following:
    • Leadership potential
    • Commitment to public service
    • Interest in energy-related issues
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Please note that the selection of interns is not premised upon racial factors or preference nor are individuals penalized based upon racial factors. Students from all accredited institutions of higher education can apply and will be considered; however, all applicants MUST be enrolled (full-time) as a student in the fall of 2019.