The Department of Energy (DOE) maintains a role in workforce development primarily focused on undergraduate students pursuing careers in the sciences. These programs include the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) for college and university students (4 year schools), the Community College Internships (CCI) community college students (2 year schools) and the Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) for faculty and students from institutions historically underrepresented.
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, while DOE, is a Defense and National Security Laboratory, therefore you will not find it listed under "Laboratories" on the DOE Office of Science website. However, LLNL will be listed among the participating laboratories when you are completing your application.
When your application becomes available to your 1st choice lab, we will
be the only laboratory that will be able to extend an offer to you. If
you are not selected by us during this first round, your application
will become accessible to your 2nd choice lab for consideration – if
openings are still available – during the 2nd round of selections.
The URL to these programs are:
Following are comments from recent LLNL SULI Interns
“As a student intern in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) I worked
in the Center for Micro and Nano-Technology under the Materials Engineering
Division. My project consisted of designing a set-up that would characterize
crosstalk between electrodes in a specific set of neural devices. My time at
LLNL has been a wonderful, eye-opening, growing experience. From the point
of view of a student who has done internships before, I can say there is nothing
more challenging, thrilling and rewarding than working here. There were many
hours of extra work, but I enjoyed every single moment of it with a passion
I had not felt before. Thanks to the help I received from an extraordinary
talented group of people at the Center for Micro and Nano-Technology and the
hands-on experience I gained while working here, I go back to my school with
a new set of skills and knowledge I could not have acquired anywhere else.
This experience has also helped me define my career interests and professional
goals. While I was considering graduate school before working here, I now have
a better idea of the path I wish to take after completing graduate school and
have a clearer idea of my research interests. After this internship, working
as a full time employee at LLNL is a major career goal I intend to pursue."
- Gladynel Saavedra, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus/SULI Fall 2013 Term
“I’ll be blunt: the SULI program was one of the best things to help me in my
career. I feel like it should be mandatory to get a degree in the sciences.
A university education will teach you about the sciences in depth, but it
will not teach you the essential skills of creating new knowledge or collaborate
with scientists across the globe. In my time at Lawrence Livermore Natl.
Lab, I’ve experienced what it truly means to be a scientist. It has given
me the opportunity to build up a professional network of associates, mentors,
and partners that have done more to guide and nurture my efforts in the
past four months than most of my professors did in four years. My internship
has significantly altered my perceptions of a career in the sciences, shifting
my area of interest from high-energy physics to nuclear physics. Now, I
can move forward into graduate study with renewed vigor and a network of
people and work that will undoubtedly act as a springboard for my personal
- Richard Beck, UC Berkeley/SULI Fall 2013 Term