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!

2017 Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp

Contact: Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp website

Applications Due: 2/15

Description: UC Berkeley will host the second annual Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp.

Graduate and undergraduate students in nuclear engineering, energy economics, energy policy, and other subjects will be trained for two weeks in skills essential to innovation while executing team design projects. The program will consist of a series of modules from Silicon Valley and nuclear experts; professional participants will learn side by side with the students and contribute their expertise to the student design projects. These projects will culminate in product pitches, which will be open to the public and streamed online.


Five modules led by experts from within and outside the nuclear industry will give students an understanding of entrepreneurship, lessons to be learned from other industries, and considerations specifi c to nuclear.

Tentative modules are:

  • Business Development and Customer Focus
  • Licensing and Export Control
  • Advanced Reactor Technology 
  • Markets, Financing, and Long-lead Planning
  • Government, Policy, and Communications

    Students will develop a technology and business plan in small groups that they believe can address a problem in the nuclear industry. They will present their design projects at the closing session to an audience of company representatives, potential private investors, technical experts, relevant NGOs, and government representatives.

    Opportunities for Involvement:

  • Spread the word: students in any subject as well as early- to mid-career professionals are welcome to apply; any expert can request to be a mentor. 
  • Suggest pre-program reading based on the modules above or propose project ideas.
  • Participate as a speaker or suggest a speaker in one of the above modules. 
  • Contribute as a subject-matter expert or continuous mentor.

    Bene ts of Involvement:

  • Teach nuclear innovators what they really need to know.
  • Get solution ideas for important challenges.
  • Attract the best and the brightest to work on your problems.
  • Make the nuclear industry of tomorrow successful today.

    Learn more on the Nuclear Bootcamp website and email with questions or to participate.

  • TerraPower

    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.

  • Alden Research Laboratory Internship Program

    Contact: Bren Phillips

    Applications Due: 10/14

    Description: Alden is located in Holden, MA and has been conducting physical hydraulic model studies since 1894 to solve flow problems for utilities, engineering firms, the federal government, and vendors of hydraulic equipment.

    The fluid systems performance group, which works on a variety of nuclear industry thermal hydraulic projects, is looking for approximately 3 interns for the summer of 2017. Interns will work on an individual research project, and assist with other active projects at the laboratory. Nuclear related projects from the previous year include:
  • multiple sump strainer performance tests
  • a half-scale steam generator feed ring
  • a full-scale charging system
  • a partial full-scale refueling canal
  • flow restrictor testing for a steam generator

    Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. Preferably the applicant will have taken a fluids class prior to the start of the internship, but it is not required if they are interested in fluids and eager to learn. Both graduates and undergraduate students are wanted. Also, the student should be comfortable with both desk work, and hands on work of assembling, disassembling, and running experiments. To apply send your resume to, applications will be accepted until positions are filled, but interviews will start after October 14th.

  • Kay Bouvet Internship Program: Training Leaders for Nuclear Innovation

    Contact: Aditi Chandra

    Applications Due: 6/30

    Reactor vessel under construction at Kalpakkam

    Description: Kay Bouvet is a heavy engineering company located in Satara, India, providing design, engineering and manufacturing services to the Department of Atomic Energy, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Kay Bouvet has executed projects for various Indian Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors, and the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor. Moreover, Kay Bouvet designs and engineers space launch vehicle systems and rocket fuel processing facilities for ISRO, and R&D projects for defense laboratories.

    During the orientation period, interns will learn about the functioning of various departments within the industry. During this time, they will be encouraged to identify a potential area for improvement or innovation. Projects will then be allocated based on specialization, interest, or identified opportunity. At the end of the internship period, interns will present their project outcomes to the company executives, managers and fellow interns.

    Project Areas Include:
  • Mechanical Design and Analysis
  • Design and Analysis of Automation and Control Systems
  • Systems and Processes for Manufacturing and Quality Assurance
  • Development of Manufaturing Processes based on Metallurgy
  • Planning and Scheduling for Large Scale Projects
  • Optimization of Engineering Systems, Processes and Designs
  • Systems for Enhancing Organizational Productivity and Efficiency
  • Strategy Development: Products and Markets
  • Sustainability and Environmental Impact

  • Summer Interns - Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station

    Contact: Bradley Sutton

    Applications Due: 4/1

    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 head to this link:

    Spring/Summer Semester Abroad, Imperial College London

    Contact: Michael Short, Linn Hobbs

    Applications Due: 9/30

    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!

    Summer Research IROP with Imperial College London

    Contact: Michael Short, Linn Hobbs

    Applications Due: 3/15

    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.

    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Internship Programme

    Contact: IAEA Internship Website

    Applications Due: 3/1

    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 & 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.

    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.

    Summer Research IROP at Moscow Institute of Physics (MEPhI)

    Contact: Michael Short, Maria Ganchenkova

    Applications Due: 3/15

    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.

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

    Contact: Zeses Karoutas
    Description: ...

    DHS Homeland Security HS-STEM Summer Internship Program

    Contact: DHS Education Website

    Applications Due: 1/6

    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

    Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program

    Contact: SULI Website

    Applications Due: 1/10

    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.

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

    Contact: JSPS Summer Website, NSF Solicitation for JSPS Program

    Applications Due: 1/14

    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: /

    Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), Summer Internship Program

    Contact: Oak Ridge ORAU Program

    Applications Due: 1/27

    Description: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects 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.” Internships will primarily focus on projects related to Advanced Technology Demonstration programs, or are otherwise in the areas of: Materials Research and Supporting Technology, Advanced Analytics, Nuclear Forensics, Program Management, Radiation Detection, and Shielded Special Nuclear Material (SNM) Detection. Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week for ten weeks plus travel expenses. Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week for ten weeks plus travel expenses. Research experiences are anticipated at: 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 (Los Vegas, NV and Andrews AFB, MD) ● Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN) ● Savannah River National Laboratory (Aiken, SC) Areas of research: Engineering, earth and geosciences, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, and more. U.S. citizenship required Application deadline: January 27, 2016, at 11:59 PM EST Additional information and how-to-apply instructions can be found at:

    Radiochemistry Intern at Terrapower

    Contact: Terrapower Website
    Description: TerraPower, LLC was established to bring together the strengths and experience of the world’s public and private nuclear energy sectors to develop a new generation of nuclear reactors that would responsibly meet growing energy needs around the globe. Its approach addresses the traditional shortcomings of nuclear power, in terms of safety, cost effectiveness, environmental soundness, and resistance to weapons proliferation. TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development, and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape. We are an equal opportunity employer. Radiochemistry Intern The TerraPower Intern is a temporary position, expected to last 8-15 weeks during the summer university break. Candidates that are available to begin work before summer break or to continue work in the fall in a similar capacity may receive extra consideration. Radiochemistry Intern The Radiochemistry Intern will participate in ongoing TerraPower activities related to the chemistry of radioelements and their resulting compounds. The candidate should have laboratory experience in the synthesis and characterization of radioactive compounds. The candidate should be able to develop and plan experiments to achieve specified goals using existing infrastructure. The candidate must be able to evaluate literature results and computational analysis to further research goals. The candidate must be capable of working closely with a focused and high achieving group, working with a minimal day-to-day supervision. Responsibilities: Actively participate in ongoing studies involving radioelements Interface with computational chemists Proposed, develop, and conduct experiments Assist in laboratory development Key Qualifications: Laboratory experience in radiochemistry and chemical synthesis Knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear forensics, and applications of radionuclides Excellence in written and oral communication Ability to work as part of a team The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork. TerraPower’s technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government. TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements. To facilitate TerraPower’s export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Government export authorization approval times vary. Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.