Nuclear Internships for NSE Students

Exciting internship opportunities exist for undergraduates and graduates of all levels in Course 22. Join the leaders of industry, national labs, and academia on cutting-edge projects with scientific and industrial significane, and get hands-on experience by making a difference in the world of Nuclear Science and Engineering.

Please feel free to contact Prof. Matteo Bucci, NSE's UROP Coordinator, will help you find a UROP in Course 22.

Feel free to browse our nuclear internship listings, and start making a difference today!

CASL Summer Institute 2018

Contact: Sherry Bailey
Description: The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors Education Program is excited to announce the registration for third annual CASL Summer Intensive. Please plan to join us at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC on August 6-17, 2018.

The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL) Institute will introduce participants to CASL and the Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications (VERA) framework and component codes. Through the CASL Institute, participants will receive instruction on radiation transport, thermal hydraulics, fuel performance, multi-physics coupling and sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. Over the course of the Institute, through both lecture and practical work sessions, participants will learn how to use individual component codes through the VERA framework, MPACT, COBRA-TF, and BISON, will be able to run a variety of test problems. In addition, the Institute will include instruction on and practice in utilizing high performance computing resources. After successful completion of the Institute and meeting certification requirements by completing a team project, participants will earn the CASL-VERA Certificate. An overview of the current draft agenda is attached.

In order to participate for this innovative gathering please use the following link to apply for admission for the CASL Institute:

This is an application and does not guarantee admission.
Application deadline is March 2. Students who are accepted to participate in CASL Institute 2018 will be informed by March 16.

2018 Nuclear Bootcamp

Contact: Prof. Shirvan
Description: Imagine Nuclear (this year's theme) will be held at UC Berkeley from July 30 to August 10, 2018.

The Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp seeks to train students and professionals in skills essential to innovation in nuclear energy while executing team projects. The program consists of expert-led sessions, team-building exercises, and team project design time.

The curriculum focuses on:
  • Challenges in the nuclear industry
  • Venture fundamentals and business development
  • The advanced nuclear industry
  • Licensing, communication, and outreach

    Students will form groups to brainstorm and design an innovative project to address a problem in the nuclear industry. Over the two weeks, students will have access to mentors from all parts of the nuclear industry via email, phone, and Skype. They will also have opportunities to ask questions of the professors and experts who come in to lead sessions. At the program’s conclusion, students will pitch their design projects to a panel of judges and an audience (in person and online via live-stream) of company representatives, potential private investors, technical experts, relevant NGOs, and Department of Energy program managers.

    More info at

    Application deadline: February 15 2018.

  • Alden Research Laboratory Internship Program

    Contact: Alden’s Human Resources Department
    Description: Alden regularly employs undergraduate and graduate students for semester-long co-ops and summer internships at our Holden, MA and Redmond, WA facilities, with potential for full time employment. Applicants are assigned to a department within Alden and given engineering and technical tasks based on the current departmental work load. Cross-functional assignments (across departments at Alden) are also possible. Beyond assisting Alden engineers, biologists, and other staff members in the execution of their daily work, Alden interns may execute a small research project during their internship where they will have the opportunity to offer technical influence and work independently. The project would be chosen from a set of intern research projects available in the host department. Alden has hosted interns in their sophomore year, but more typically hosts rising juniors and seniors. The goal of the Alden internship program is to provide an enriching experience for the intern that ties the intern’s classroom teaching experience to the real world.

    To apply, contact Alden’s Human Resources Department by sending an email to with your current resume and a letter of interest for the internship program including the department the candidate is interested in applying for. Applications/Resumes are typically reviewed 5 to 7 months prior to the program start (e.g., November – January for summer applicants), although late submittals may still be considered based on Alden’s workload.

    Summer Research at the University of Tokyo

    Contact: Michael Short

    Applications Due: 2/15

    Rendering of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor vessel and internals

    Description: Spend your summer in Japan, researching at the University of Tokyo! Opportunities to study in the Department of Nuclear Systems and Management are available to NSE undergraduates. Specialties at Tokyo include nuclear medicine and related technologies, sustainable energy, nuclear decommissioning with an emphasis on Fukushima Daiichi, advanced fission and fusion reactors, and more.

    From their website: "For our country which has hardly any energy resources, nuclear energy is an essential electrical power source from the point of view of stable power supply and energy security. It is indeed because we have experienced the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident that the topics sought after by the world include the realization of world’s safest nuclear energy generation, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s decommissioning technology, technologies of nuclear fuel cycle of used nuclear fuel, securing nuclear energy and the development of next-generation nuclear energy technologies such as fast reactors, nuclear fusion reactors and high-temperature gas reactors. Finding the talented people with the ability to tackle and solve these issues is indeed the greatest contribution we can make."

    Summer Research IROP with Imperial College London

    Contact: Michael Short

    Applications Due: 1/15

    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.

    If you are interested, please apply here.

    2018 Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

    Description: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects at federal research facilities located across the country focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.” This program will prepare a diverse, highly talented, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers to address issues related to national security and nuclear detection and to enhance the future scientific and technical workforce to be both knowledgeable and trained in fields of specific interest to DNDO.

    Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week for ten weeks plus reimbursement for travel expenses up to $1,000.
    Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week for ten weeks plus reimbursement for travel expenses up to $1,000.

    Research experiences are offered at:
  • Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, IL)
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA)
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA)
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM)
  • National Security Technologies – Remote Sensing Laboratory (Las Vegas, NV and Andrews AFB, MD)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN)
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA)
  • Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory (Menlo Park, CA)
    Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, environmental science, and more.

    U.S. citizenship required.

    Application deadline: January 29, 2018, at 8:00 AM EST.
    How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

    Program Information: Detailed information about the internships can be found at

    For information about DNDO visit

    For questions please email

  • Summer Research IROP at Moscow Institute of Physics (MEPhI)

    Contact: Michael Short, Pavel Dzhumaev

    Applications Due: 2/1

    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. Pavel Dzhumaev with your research interests, and they will help you find a match at MEPhI.

    Spring/Summer Semester Abroad, Imperial College London

    Contact: Michael Short

    Applications Due: 9/1

    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).


    Contact: TerraPower website
    Description: Several intern positions available at TerraPower:

  • Thermal Hydraulic Core Design Supervisor Location: Bellevue, Washington, United States
  • Reactor Safety Analysis Intern Location: Bellevue, Washington, United States
  • System Modeling Intern Location: Bellevue, Washington, United States
  • Chemical Engineering Laboratory Intern Location: Bellevue, Washington, United States
  • Nuclear Fuels Intern Location: Bellevue, Washington, United States
  • Neutronics Benchmark Intern Bellevue, Washington, United States
  • Neutronics Methods and Analysis Intern Location: Bellevue, Washington, United States
  • Materials Engineering Intern Location: Bellevue, Washington, United States
  • Radiochemistry Intern Location: Bellevue, Washington, United States
  • Molten Salt Reactor Design Intern Location: Bellevue, Washington, United States

    Please check the TerraPower website for more information.

  • Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station

    Contact: Bradley Sutton
    Description: The Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, run by Arizona Power Services (APS), is seeking up to two dozen interns at various functions throughout the plant, including across the engineering organization, including design, plant systems, component engineering, and sometimes fuel analysis or reactor engineering, etc. To apply, please click here.

    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.

    Nonproliferation & National Security - Brookhaven National Lab (BNL)

    Contact: Susan Pepper, Katherine Bachner
    Description: The Nonproliferation and National Security Department at BNL is looking for motivated undergraduate and graduate students in engineering, technical or policy based fields for 10-week summer assignments in international nuclear safeguards, security and nonproliferation. Submit a resume and a statement of research interests to Susan Pepper. There is no deadline for applications but appointments are generally made by February 1. Statements should convey an idea for summer work in international nuclear safeguards, security and/or nonproliferation that addresses current issues and enhances the student’s studies. Statements 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: - $500/wk for undergraduates - $600/week stipend for graduates - On-site housing - Working side-by-side with international nuclear safeguards professionals - Access to BNL professional and educational programs and social activities.

    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.

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

    Contact: Zeses Karoutas
    Description: ...

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

    Contact: JSPS Summer Website, NSF Solicitation for JSPS Program
    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.

    Severe Accident Modeling at Sandia National Laboratory

    Contact: Douglas Osborn
    Description: The 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: