Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program Summer Internship 2023
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 and Application Requirements
“The mentorship component of the program is really unlike other internship environments, so to me, working with my mentor was one of the highlights of the MEISPP internship experience. My mentor was very accessible and offered guidance that equipped me to take on my job-related tasks. However, my mentor has also supported me in my career development journey and continues to help me forge connections with others in the industry.”
-Franny Anunobi, graduate student, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Water Power Technologies Office
Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program Summer Internship 2023 Eligibility Criteria
Before applying, be sure to confirm eligibility requirements that are listed below.
Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and compliance before moving forward to the merit review and final selection.
Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program Summer Internship 2023 Application Cycle
2023 Application Year
|November 1, 2022||Online Applications Open|
|November 17, 2022|
|Informational Webinar (optional)|
Overview of the MEISPP Program
Register Now (zoomgov link)
|November 30, 2022|
|Informational Webinar (optional)|
Overview of the MEISPP Program
Register Now (zoomgov link)
|December 8, 2022 and January 12, 2023|
|Application Assistance Workshops (optional)|
Tips for your application and a chance to ask questions about the program or your application.
December 8, 2-3pm ET | Register Now (zoomgov link)
January 12, 2-3pm ET | Register Now (zoomgov link)
|January 31, 2023 11:59pm, ET||Application Deadline|
|February 8, 2023||Letter of Reference Deadline|
|February 15, 2023||Application Review|
MEISPP makes final selections
|March 1-April 1, 2023|
(note: some offices may make offers after April 1)
|April 2023||Internship Logistics|
|Monday June 5, 2023||Welcome Session|
|Thursday August 10, 2023||Closing Ceremony|
|August 11, 2023||Final Day of Summer Internship|
Participating Offices and Laboratories
The following Department of Energy Offices participated in recent years. Their mission statement and/or sample projects provide an idea of the opportunities you might expect. Note that opportunities can vary widely with current needs and the interest and skill level of the intern, and new offices are already committed to participating this year.
2022 Sponsoring Offices:
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is the statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. EIA collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information to promote sound policymaking, efficient markets, and public understanding of energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. EIA is the nation’s premier source of energy information, and, by law, its data, analyses, and forecasts are independent of approval by any other officer or employee of the U.S. government.
The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity develops and executes Department-wide policies to implement applicable legislation and Executive Orders that strengthen diversity and inclusion goals affecting equal employment opportunities, small and disadvantaged businesses, minority educational institutions, and historically under-represented communities.
Our mission is to identify and implement ways of ensuring that everyone is afforded an opportunity to participate fully in the Department of Energy’s programs, opportunities, and resources.
EERE’s mission is to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of technologies and solutions to equitably transition America to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050, and ensure the clean energy economy benefits all Americans, creating good paying jobs for the American people—especially workers and communities impacted by the energy transition and those historically underserved by the energy system and overburdened by pollution. EERE includes offices such as:
- Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office
- Building Technologies Office
- Water Power Technologies Office
The EM mission is to complete the safe cleanup of environmental legacy resulting from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. EM is responsible for managing and directing the cleanup of contaminated nuclear weapons manufacturing and testing sites across the United States. Integral to that responsibility is the need to safely disposition large volumes of nuclear waste, safeguard and prepare for disposition of nuclear materials that could be used in nuclear weapons, deactivate and decommission several thousand radiologically and chemically contaminated facilities no longer needed to support the Department of Energy’s mission and remediate extensive surface and groundwater contamination.
The mission of the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is to minimize the environmental impacts of fossil fuels while working towards net-zero emissions. The Office’s programs use research, development, demonstration, and deployment approaches to advance technologies to reduce carbon emissions and other environmental impacts of fossil fuel production and use, particularly the hardest-to-decarbonize applications in the electricity and industrial sectors. Priority areas of technology work include point-source carbon capture, hydrogen with carbon management, methane emissions reduction, critical mineral production, and carbon dioxide removal to address the accumulated CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. The Office recognizes that global decarbonization is essential to meeting climate goals and works to engage with international colleagues to leverage expertise in these areas. The Office is also committed to improving the conditions of communities impacted by the legacy of fossil fuel use and to supporting a healthy economic transition that accelerates the growth of good-paying jobs.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence is responsible for all intelligence and counterintelligence activities throughout the DOE complex, including nearly thirty intelligence and counterintelligence offices nationwide.
The Office protects vital national security information and technologies, representing intellectual property of incalculable value. Our distinctive contribution to national security is the ability to leverage the Energy Department’s unmatched scientific and technological expertise in support of policymakers as well as national security missions in defense, homeland security, cyber security, intelligence, and energy security.
The Office of International Affairs has primary responsibility for addressing international energy issues that have a direct impact on research, development, utilization, supply, and conservation of energy affecting the United States.
The Mission of the Office of Management is to provide the Department of Energy with centralized direction and oversight for the full range of management, procurement and administrative services.
The Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) mission is to advance nuclear energy science and technology to meet U.S. energy, environmental, and economic needs.
The mission of DOE’s Office of Science is to deliver scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and advance the energy, economic, and national security of the United States. The Office of Science includes the 17 National Laboratories and the Consolidated Service Centers, which play critical roles in Office of Science program execution and implementation by providing professional services in support of the entire federal Office of Science complex.
The Office of Nuclear Physics in the Department of Energy (DOE’s) Office of Science supports the experimental and theoretical research needed to create this roadmap. This quest requires a broad approach to different, but related, scientific frontiers: improving our understanding of the building blocks of matter; discovering the origins of nuclei; and identifying the forces that transform matter.
Additional Offices who have hosted MEISPP interns in past years:
- Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
- Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer
- Office of the General Counsel
- Southwestern Power Administration
- Western Area Power Administration
- Office of Legacy Management
- Office of Inspector General
- Office of Civil Rights
- Office of Hearings and Appeals
- Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
- Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis
- Office of Environment, Health, Safety, and Security
- Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability