What are the eligibility requirements?

Please visit the Eligibility page.

GPA - I am a U.S. citizen attending a university outside of the U.S., am I eligible to apply?

No. Applicants are eligible only if they are attending a U.S. Department of Education accredited institution. 

Does the MES Program look for people with specific undergraduate majors?

The MES Program welcomes applications from individuals with any undergraduate major. Past internship recipients have had a wide range of majors, including Political Science, Business, Economics, English, Engineering, Computer Science, and others. While there is no required course of study, the MES Program is interested in applicants who have coursework and/or interest in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Justice, Renewable Energy and/or other areas of interest to the US Department of Energy

Is there a list of labs where interns conduct their research? 

The MES Program currently enjoys a working relationship with Savannah River Site, Aiken, SC; Savannah State University, Savannah, GA; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Oak Ridge, TN; Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM; Office of Legacy Management, Grand Junction, CO; and The Hanford Site, Richland, WA.

Do I choose the lab where I would like to conduct my internship?

No.  The MES Program staff will make every effort to accommodate requests based on areas of interest, but, the labs will choose interns based on their application, career interest, and suitability. Once the lab has been assigned you will be given an opportunity to accept or decline the opportunity. Under no circumstances are geographic request accommodated.

How will I know if my package is complete?

You can check the status of your application, including uploaded materials, in your online application. You will also be able to check whether we have received your letters of recommendation. You may e-mail if you have any questions.

How do I officially submit my online application?

The application will close on February 23, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. Your application will be automatically submitted at that time. If you want to submit it earlier, please e-mail the MES Program staff at and advise them that you are ready to submit your application.

When will I know if I get the internship?

The MES Program will select finalists by early April and inform them of the lab at that they have been assigned for the summer internship. Applicants will be given 10 days to accept or decline the offer.

What happens if my recommender tells me that he/she did not receive the email notification to submit my letter of recommendation?

Applicants should check their applications to make sure they added their recommenders' correct email addresses.   If they did, an email invitation should have been sent to the recommender.  However, based on the security settings of the recommender's email, automated notifications may get sent to "Junk Mailboxes" or "Spam Folders".  Recommenders must log into the system using the email address that was provided. If recommenders are unable to find the notification, please contact the MES Program staff at

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The MES Program consists of a 10 - week paid summer internship at one of several participating Department of Energy sites.

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