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ORNL Pathways to Computing Internship Program (PCIP) - Summer 2020

The ORNL Pathways to Computing Internship Program at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a 10-week summer program that provides undergraduate students with research projects in computer science, computational science, and mathematics. Students will learn under the direction of ORNL research staff and will participate on projects in diverse domains including computer science, health data science, and climate science. Selected interns will have access to ORNL's leadership-class facilities, including Summit, the world's most powerful supercomputer.
ORNL's Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate oversees an immense store of computing power and its talented staff of computational scientists and mathematicians, conducting state-of-the-art research and development in computer and computational sciences in support of the Department of Energy's missions and programs.
As a part of the ORNL Pathways to Computing Internship Program, the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate is committed to increasing diversity among interns and staff. We believe the teams required to solve the nation's most pressing science challenges are those that bring together a wide-range of backgrounds and perspectives and all are encouraged to apply. The goal of the program is to improve opportunities and encourage applications from underrepresented groups in the computing field; however, all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

Primary focus areas will include:
  • Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning / Data Science
  • Astrophysics
  • Bioinformatics / Computational Biology
  • Computer Science Research (e.g. compilers, programming models, programming tools)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences / Climate Science
  • High Performance Computing Operations (e.g. system administration, storage systems, system/user support)
  • Performance Profiling & Optimization
  • Quantum Computing
  • Software Engineering
  • Visualization
  • Other computer science areas (e.g. CS theory)
  • Other computational areas (e.g. material science, chemistry)

  • Full-time appointment
  • Start date of June 1, 2020 and ending date of August 7, 2020

Stipend Rate:
Stipends are paid on a biweekly schedule and there will be a delay after starting before you receive. You should be prepared to cover all expenses for the first 30 days of your appointment.
  • $600 per week

Housing Allowance:
  • $175 per week housing allowance (paid with stipend) and limited travel reimbursement (up to $500 total) if permanent address is at least 50 miles from Oak Ridge

Eligibility requirements:
  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in a degree-seeking program at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university at time of application (including accredited community colleges)
  • Full-time enrollment status is determined by the number of hours or courses the school requires for full-time attendance (as defined by the Internal Revenue Service)
  • Must have completed at least one year as a matriculated undergraduate student at the time of applying
  • Freshmen (at time of application) are not eligible and Advanced Placement credits or other undergraduate credits obtained prior to undergraduate enrollment cannot be applied to meet the minimum one-year completion requirement 
  • Must have a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be 18 years of age at time of application
  • Have medical insurance effective for entire term of appointment - information on effective dates during appointment period will be required at time of appointment acceptance
  • Have two academic or professional recommenders
  • Have ORCID identifier number at time of acceptance
  • Degree: Currently pursuing an Associate's Degree or Bachelor's Degree.
  • Overall GPA: 3.00

  • Computer Sciences 
  • Earth and Geosciences 
  • Engineering 
  • Environmental and Marine Sciences 
  • Life Health and Medical Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics 
  • Nanotechnology 
  • Other Physical Sciences 
  • Physics 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Application Deadline
1/15/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

The application will require:
  1. Profile information
  2. Education information (i.e. dates of attendance/graduation, GPAs, majors, etc.)
  3. Awards and honors
  4. Internship and employment information
  5. Information on goals, research interest areas, experience, and skills
  6. Official transcript or unofficial academic record (most recent available) showing name, school name, current classes, cumulative GPA, received degrees (if applicable) 
  • Official transcript will be required if selected and prior to start date
  1. An updated resume/CV
  2. Name and contact information for your professional or academic recommenders