Open Internships

Severe Accident Modeling at Sandia National Laboratory

Contact: Douglas Osborn

DescriptionThe Severe Accident Analysis Department at Sandia National Laboratories is looking for 1-3 summer student interns (from nuclear engineering undergraduate senior (who will be going on to obtain a graduate degree) to nuclear engineering PhD graduate student) to do some MELCOR modeling (1 or 2 students) or programming (1 student and programming will be in FORTRAN) over the summer with the potential to keep them on over the school year (e.g., they can work part-time for us remotely while attending your university).

MELCOR is a fully integrated, engineering-level computer code that models the progression of severe accidents in light-water reactor nuclear power plants. MELCOR is being developed at Sandia National Laboratories for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a second-generation plant risk assessment tool and the successor to the Source Term Code package. A broad spectrum of severe accident phenomena in both boiling and pressurized water reactors is treated in MELCOR in a unified framework. These include thermal-hydraulic response in the reactor coolant system, reactor cavity, containment, and confinement buildings; core heatup, degradation, and relocation; core-concrete attack; hydrogen production, transport, and combustion; fission product release and transport behavior. MELCOR applications include estimation of severe accident source terms, and their sensitivities and uncertainties in a variety of applications. MELCOR is also used to analyze design basis accidents for advanced plant applications (e.g., ESBWR, EPR, & APWR).

For additional information on MELCOR and Sandia’s work in severe accident modeling the following links are provided:



JSPS (Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science) Summer Program

Contact: JSPS Summer Website, NSF Solicitation for JSPS Program

Applications Due: January 14th, 2013

Description: The JSPS Summer Program is implemented as a component of the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers. It provides opportunities for young pre- and post-doctoral researchers from North America and Europe to receive an orientation on Japanese culture and research systems and to pursue research under the guidance of host researchers at Japanese universities and research institutes over a period of two months during the summer.


The program is offered to young pre- and postdoctoral researchers from the five countries of the US, the UK, France, Germany and Canada. Held over a 2-month period in the summer, the program provides the participants with an orientation in Japanese language and culture and an opportunity to do cooperative research at a Japanese university or research institute. The orientation is held at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai) during the first week of the program. It comprises Japanese lessons, home stay and other components (which may vary by year). After the orientation, the participants go to their respective host institutions where they conduct joint research under the guidance of their Japanese host researchers. At the end of August, the participants re-gather before going home to present reports on their summer experiences.


Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program

Contact: SULI Website

Applications Due: January 10th, 2014

Description: The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission. Applications for the SULI program are solicited annually for three separate internship terms. Internship appointments are 10 weeks in duration for the Summer Term (May through August) or 16 weeks in duration for the Fall (August through December) and Spring (January through May) Terms. Each DOE laboratory offers different research opportunities.


DHS Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program

Contact: DHS Education Website

Applications Due: January 6th, 2014

Description: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) Disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM Disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas. The ultimate goal of the program is to engage a diverse, educated and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM areas and to promote long-term relationships between students, researchers, DHS and research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce. Undergrads qualify for a $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses!


Please see the attached flier for more information


Westinghouse Electric Company (Columbia, SC, Cherry Hill Township, PA)

Contact: Zeses Karoutas

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Summer Research IROP at Moscow Institute of Physics (MEPhI)

Contact: Michael Short, Maria Ganchenkova

Description: NSE is piloting a summer research exchange program aimed at undergraduates, interested in spending the summer in Moscow. Projects will be arranged and coordinated by individual faculty members, with all areas of research possible. Please contact Prof. Michael Short or Prof. Maria Ganchenkova with your research interests, and they will help you find a match at MEPhI.


MIT International Science & Technology Internships (MISTI)

Contact: MIT-MISTI Website

Description: MISTI connects MIT students and faculty with research and innovation around the world. Inspired by the MIT Mens et Manus tradition, MISTI is a pioneer in applied international studies. Working closely with a network of premier corporations, universities and research institutes, MISTI matches hundreds of MIT undergraduate and graduate students annually with all-expenses-paid internships and research abroad. MISTI prepares students to be successful in their internships through MIT courses in the language and culture of the host country.


MISTI internships are organized through MISTI country programs. Some MISTI programs also offer student teaching abroad, industry workshops and study abroad in STEM fields. Visit our country program websites or contact a program manager to learn more.


Nonproliferation & Security - Brookhaven National Lab (BNL)

Contact: Susan Pepper, Sarah Poe

Description: The Nonproliferation and National Security Department at BNL is looking for motivated graduate students in  engineering, technical or policy based fields for Summer 2014 assignments in international safeguards and nonproliferation.


This internship requires a proposal. Submit a resume and proposal to Susan Pepper by November 5. Proposals should convey an idea for summer work in international safeguards and/or nonproliferation applications that addresses current issues and enhances the student’s studies. Proposals should be no longer than one page and should include a title, the student’s name, and, and a clear description of the work to be performed.


Benefits include:
• $400/wk for undergraduates, $600/week stipend for graduates
• Housing
• Working side-by-side with international safeguards professionals
• Access to BNL professional and educational programs and social activities.


Graduate students: please see the attached flyer for more information.

Undergraduate students: please see this attached description for more information.


International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Internship Programme

Contact: IAEA Internship Website

Description: The IAEA is the world's centre for cooperation for safe, secure, and peaceful uses of nuclear technologies. It has six departments covering the fields of Nuclear Safety & Security, Nuclear Sciences & Applications, Nuclear Energy, Technical Cooperation, Management, and Safeguards. Eligibility is open to those over 18 years of age, a working knowledge of English, and you may apply at any time during or up to two years after you graduate.


Terrapower LLC (Seattle, WA)

Contact: Pavel Hejzlar

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Summer Research IROP with Imperial College London

Contact: Michael Short, Linn Hobbs

Description: NSE is piloting a summer research exchange program aimed at undergraduates, interested in spending the summer in London. Projects will be arranged by individual faculty members. Please contact Prof. Michael Short or Prof. Linn Hobbs with your research interests, and they will help you find a match at Imperial College London's Department of Materials, and/or the MSc program in Nuclear Materials.


Spring/Summer Semester Abroad, Imperial College London

Contact: Michael Short, Linn Hobbs

Description: The MIT Global Education & Career Development office, together with a number of MIT departments, are establishing a semester abroad at Imperial College London. This is primarily aimed at undergraduate juniors, particularly with an interest in nuclear materials. You will spend IAP, spring, and summer of your junior year attending classes, taking exams, and performing research with the Imperial College's MSc program in Nuclear Materials. Following the summer, a group of students from Imperial College will attend MIT's subsequent fall semester.

This represents an excellent opportunity for NSE majors to study abroad, without affecting your graduation date. We are checking to ensure courses at Imperial will count towards your Course 22 requirements (and vice versa for the Imperial students). If you are interested, please contact either Prof. Mike Short or Prof. Linn Hobbs today!