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Environmental Compliance Internship

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
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How to Apply
  • Completion of all required fields in the application and successful application submission
  • Undergraduate or graduate transcripts as appropriate
  • Two recommendations
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I certify that I am at least 18 years of age, a US citizen, and have received a Bachelor's Degree within the last 4 months or currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field at an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI). Click here to verify that you are enrolled at a current MSI.
Application Deadline
1/29/2021 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
The Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) Internships is a new program to promote the education and development of the next generation workforce in critical science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) related disciplines that complement current and future missions of DOE national laboratories. The MSIPP Internship program is designed to provide an enhanced training environment for next generation scientists and engineers by exposing them to research challenges unique to our industry. 
MSIPP Interns will be given the opportunity to complete Summer Internships aligned with ongoing U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) research under the direction of a host national laboratory. The internship will be performed at the host national laboratory, utilizing their facilities and equipment under the guidance of a research staff member.
Minority Serving Institutions are institutions of higher education enrolling populations with significant percentages of undergraduate minority students. 
Project: The participant will gain a basic/introductory knowledge and understanding of a broad range of environmental regulations pertaining to water, air, soil and sediment, cultural and biological resources, waste management, and radiation, including requirements, implementation and rationale for the regulation. Additionally, the participant will gain a basic understanding of how regulations apply to, affect and are implemented at a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Experience will be gained through both participation in hands-on in-the-field activities and office research related to a variety of environmental regulations specific to the work location at LANL. In the process, the participant will also gain skills in effective and professional communication of complex concepts to a range of audiences. The culmination of the internship will involve the preparation of a final project and presentation that demonstrates understanding and knowledge of environmental regulations and relationship to the site, which will be incorporated into regular site environmental observations.
NOTE: This internship can be completed fully remotely and will be adjusted as needed. If done remotely, the same information will be covered but will be tailored to compare/contrast between LANL requirements and requirements to a location with which the participant is familiar (i.e., their home location) and the final project requirement will be adjusted accordingly. The participant will need their own computer, phone and reliable internet access for this to be done remotely.
Salary: Selected candidate will be compensated by either a stipend or salary, and may include one round trip domestic travel to and from the host laboratory. Stipends and salaries will be commensurate with cost of living at the location of the host laboratory. Housing information will be provided to interns prior to arrival at the host laboratory, and will vary from lab to lab.
Eligible applicants must:
  • Be a citizen of the United States,
  • Be at least 18 years of age,
  • Currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited Minority Serving Institution,,
  • Working toward a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree,
  • Have an undergraduate or graduate cumulative minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and
  • Pass a drug test upon selection to participate in the MSIPP *The process and timing for drug testing varies from lab to lab.Use of Marijuana/Cannabis or its derivatives if prescribed is legal in some states. However, having these drugs in your system is NOT legal at United States Federal Contractor sites and National Laboratories. 
Required Knowledge, Skills, Work Experience, and Education
Successful candidates will:
Have the following:
  • Basic education, training, experience or strong interest in environmental requirements/regulations/compliance
  • Computer skills, including email, MS applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), WebEx
  • Experience working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions (including heat)
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills or the desire to improve them
Desired Knowledge, Skills, Work Experience, and Education
It is desirable for the candidate to have:
  • Knowledge of, experience with and/or exposure to State, Federal or Local regulations (any type)
  •  Basic college-level math and chemistry knowledge
  • Prior experience working around hazardous and/or radiological materials
  • GPA 3.0 for undergraduate
  • Degree received within 4 months of the application submission date
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree received within the last 4 months or currently pursuing.
  • Overall GPA: 3.00
  • Discipline(s): Earth and Geosciences (20 )
  • Environmental and Marine Sciences (5 )
I certify that I am at least 18 years of age, a US citizen, and have received a Bachelor's Degree within the last 4 months or currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field at an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI). Click here to verify that you are enrolled at a current MSI.