Intern – Computational Science and Technology Advanced Research Studies (C-STARS) (open until filled)

Employer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORSIE)

Location: Oak Ridge, TN

Deadline: Open until filled


Applicants must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited institution, or hold a recent (within the past five years) Master’s degree, or have a Master’s equivalency, in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) area.  Applications may be submitted at any time during the year, and appointments may begin at any time. Applicants also must be at least 18 years old before starting the program. The C-STARS program does not have citizenship requirements, but if the applicant is not a U.S. citizen, they must have a valid visa status allowing us to pay them a stipend.

Appointments involve a full-time commitment to the research program at ORNL, and the C-STARS participant must be in residence at ORNL during the entire period of the appointment. The participant’s research must be conducted in a manner and according to a time schedule that meets the overall research needs of ORNL. To document the effectiveness of the program, participants are required to submit to ORISE a report when they renew or end their program tenure. These reports should summarize their research and include a copy of any publications resulting from their appointment. If future papers are published as a result of research they performed at ORNL, copies should be sent to ORISE.

Additional recommended qualifications:

  • Experience with parallel and system programming
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Expertise with C/C++, Python, and/or Java
  • Experience with artificial intelligence and/or machine learning
  • Experience with optimization, continuous learning, and reinforcement learning algorithms

Job description:

Computational Science and Technology Advanced Research Studies (C-STARS) graduate researchers will collaborate with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists on solving problems of national and scientific interest, engage in educational and professional development opportunities, and present their research to ORNL’s scientists. Participants will develop their skills to help solve scientific challenges using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. They will learn from ORNL mentors who have expertise in computational research and/or domain sciences such as physics, materials, or biology. Research projects may include any research areas that support ORNL missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and environment, including but not limited to nuclear systems design and safety, theory and modeling of plasmas, climate change model predictions, transportation systems, sensors and controls, materials theory and simulation, quantum materials, and supercomputing.


The C-STARS program is administered by the STEM Workforce Development Unit of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), which is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) for the U.S. Department of Energy.

For more information, visit Science Education Programs at ORNL or contact

More details here (Enter “C-STARS” in the Keyword Filter. We have 5 different internships available for multiple students per posting. This is a pool program where the mentors can search student profile to identify potential interns. They are all paid internships which includes a housing stipend for non-residents of Oak Ridge, TN. )