Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) 2023

Deadline: January 31, 2023 11:59pm, ET

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) 2023

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) offers 10-week summer internships with offices and laboratories throughout the Department of Energy. Imagine yourself at DOE headquarters in Washington D.C., at one of 17 National Laboratories, or at one of many site offices – it takes a lot of different skills to run the DOE, and MEISPP offers internship opportunities for a wide variety of majors and interests. Sponsored by the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, the program partners with eligible minority-serving institutions to help their undergraduate and graduate students “jump-start” their careers and develop their potential for future opportunities within the federal government.

MEISPP can provide you with a great summer learning experience within the Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE sponsors more physical science than any other U.S. federal agency, but with over 14,000 employees and 90,000 contractors, DOE is a lot more than just science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Undergraduates and graduate students in most majors can find an opportunity to be a part of the DOE’s mission “to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.”

Students studying in these areas are encouraged to apply:

  • 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, Law, National Security, Organizational Psychology, Policy, Political Science and Sociology.
  • Business – Accounting, Business Administration, Communication, Finance, Management, and Public Administration.

MEISPP offers 10-week assignments from June 5th through August 11th, 2023. Some assignments may continue part time during the academic year. Do something big this summer – intern with the DOE!

Eligibility Criteria

Before applying, be sure to confirm eligibility requirements that are listed below.

You must meet the following to be eligible for an internship:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a U.S. citizen (permanent residents and green card holders are ineligible)
  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full time during the 2022-2023 academic year at an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI). MSI’s that meet the statutory criteria for identification (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education) and are eligible for this program are listed here: MSI designation list (Excel, 66kb).
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale

We’re looking for applicants who demonstrate:

  • Leadership potential
  • Commitment to public service
  • Interest in energy-related issues
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Additional eligibility factors:

  • Have coverage under a health insurance plan before arriving at the appointment site and maintain coverage during the appointment.
  • Candidates selected for an internship appointment will be required to provide proof of enrollment during the Spring 2023 term.
  • Undergraduate seniors graduating in May/June are eligible to participate in summer internships and may continue during the academic year if entering a graduate program at a MSI during the following Fall term. Proof of enrollment in a MSI will need to be submitted before the Fall internship period starts.
  • Graduate students completing their degree in May/June are only eligible to participate in a summer internship.
  • Students may apply for and are eligible to participate in the program at multiple times during their undergraduate and graduate studies. However, there should not be an assumption or expectation of being selected for another internship. All students must re-apply and be selected for a project during each application cycle.
Application Requirements

Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and compliance before moving forward to the merit review and final selection.

A complete application consists of:

  • All required fields in both the Zintellect profile and Zintellect application form, including responses to the following prompts:
    • List your personal, educational, and professional goals and interests and explain how this opportunity may enable you to achieve those. Describe any experiences or situations that you feel have influenced your interest.
    • List your research, technical and/or professional experience that is relevant to this opportunity.
    • List your professional/technical skills and abilities that are relevant to this opportunity, including knowledge/skills related to specialized laboratory equipment or techniques, computer hardware, software or computer languages and/or applications.
  • Resume (PDF, 2-page limit)
  • Academic Records:
    A copy of an official or unofficial transcript or copies of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institutional systems may be submitted. If all information is not available on one document, a combination of documents (merged into a single PDF) is acceptable. For example, you may include a print-out from your school’s planning app, and a letter from the registrar, your advisor or another official that confirms information missing from the other document. Transcript or academic records must clearly show:

    • student name
    • name of the academic institution
    • enrollment during the academic term at the time of application
    • current/completed/enrolled courses
    • grades
    • most recent cumulative GPA
    • degree in progress

    Submitted documents must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system.

  • Academic or Professional Recommendation:
    Recommendation should address the applicant’s academic record and potential for success in an appointment, such as demonstrated intellectual merit, communication and teamwork skills. Recommenders will be asked to submit a recommendation in Zintellect. Letters of recommendation submitted via email will not be accepted.  Recommendations must be submitted by Tuesday February 7, 2023, 11:59 Eastern Standard Time.
    All documents must be submitted via Zintellect. All application components  must be received in the system in order to be considered.

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