Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Undergraduate Student Internship Program

A year-round internship program that provides students with relevant research experience while they pursue an undergraduate degree


  • Program Coordinator
  • Emily Robinson
  • Student Programs Office
  • (505) 665-0964
  • Email
Updated transcripts for continuing and returning students must be submitted by 2/28 each year.


Gain relevant work experience while pursuing an undergraduate degree

The Undergraduate Student Internship Program (UGS) is a year-round internship program that provides students with relevant research experience while they are pursuing an undergraduate degree.

This internship program is designed to complement the students' education with work experience related to their chosen field of study. There are appointments in both the technical and professional fields.

Information for prospective students

Eligibility Requirements
  • Provide documentation of acceptance into an undergraduate program.
  • Enroll in and successfully complete a minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours per semester. Note: Students must provide the program coordinator with current, official transcripts annually to remain eligible. See the Annual Transcript Review section for additional information.
  • Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale. Note: Students must provide the program coordinator with current, official transcripts annually to remain eligible. See the Annual Transcript Review section for additional information.
  • Pass a pre-employment drug test.
How to Apply

To apply, you will need to complete an online application in iRecruitment at jobs.lanl.gov. The iRecruitment job ad number for the undergraduate student internship program is IRC59624.

Students are required to upload a cover letter, resume, and transcript. Note: Students who fail to upload all of the requirement documents will not be considered.

For step-by-step instructions visit How to Apply and read the Student opportunities section.

If you have problems with the online application, visit Application Process Issues for assistance.

Selection Process

Most mentors select students by searching the resume database in iRecruitment. We recommend you explore the Lab's website and locate projects/programs/research that interests you and aligns with your educational goals. You may contact individuals listed on these webpages and inquire about potential student internships and inform them of your interests. You may also review the Student Symposium Abstracts Book to identify prospective mentors.

Many students are selected for internships after networking with Lab employees. Some of our mentors will advertise specific opportunities but most search iRecruitment when they are in need of a student.

Hiring Process
  1. Student completes paperwork specified by the mentor for the hiring package.
  2. Mentor submits a hiring package to Human Resources (HR) for approval.
  3. Upon approval, an official offer letter is emailed to the student.
  4. Student reviews and accepts the offer, and returns the signed offer letter to HR within two weeks of receiving the letter.
  5. Once the signed offer letter is returned to HR, the student schedules a drug test. When a negative test result is obtained, HR will confirm a start date and the student will be scheduled for new hire orientation. Note: Students should not report to their worksite until they have gone through the hiring and orientation process.
Post-Baccalaureate Opportunities

The Post-Baccalaureate category offers college graduates the opportunity to participate in the UGS program after graduation.

This category applies to those interns who have been awarded a bachelor's degree within the past three years but have not yet been accepted and enrolled in a graduate program. Post-baccalaureate interns may remain in this category for up to two years.

Interns should use this appointment to prepare for graduate school acceptance (e.g., GRE/GMAT exams, applications, etc.). An intern may move into GRA status when documentation is provided indicating the intern's intention to accept an offer of admission to a graduate program.

Interns who have not been accepted into graduate school at the end of their appointment are no longer eligible to participate in the program.

The iRecruitment job ad number for the post-baccalaureate internship program is IRC59643.

Mandatory policies for student interns

Annual Transcript & Salary Review Process

The annual transcript and salary review process enables the Student Programs Office to ensure year-round and returning students continue to meet our eligibility requirements and are progressing in their academic programs. This process also ensures students are being compensated in accordance with their level of academic attainment.

Student appointments will only be extended if they have complied with the review process, met or exceeded our eligibility requirements and academic progression is shown. This review process only applies to students pursuing a bachelors or graduate degree. This process does NOT apply to high school interns, any student in a post appointment or new summer hires.

Official transcripts must be sent to:

Emily Robinson
P.O. Box MS T001
Los Alamos, NM 87545

Or via email to errobinson@lanl.gov

If a student fails to submit an official academic transcript by the below deadlines, they will be subject to termination. It is the responsibility of the mentor to communicate these important deadlines to students who are away at their universities. A memo will be sent to mentors and year-round students notifying them of the review process every December.

See the transcript review schedule below:

Semester System Student Deadline: February 28th of every year
Quarter System Student Deadline: April 20th of every year

UGS Program Time Limit Policies

The length of participation in the undergraduate program is limited to a maximum of six years for students pursuing a bachelor's degree and three years for students pursuing an associate's degree.

Work Schedule Policies

9/80 work schedule

Summer students, post baccalaureate, post masters, and GRA students working on a thesis or dissertation are eligible to participate in the 9/80 work schedule. The student must have permission from the mentor to work this schedule, and it must be requested and approved through the payroll system.

Summer students

All students are eligible to work full-time (40 hours a week or the 9/80 schedule) during the summer months. In addition, students are not required to be enrolled in courses over the summer.

Year-round students

Students participating in some special undergraduate programs, post baccalaureate appointments, post-master's appointments, and GRA students working on a thesis or dissertation are excluded from the 30-hour per week work restriction.

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