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Engineering Services (Facilities, Maintenance, Operations, and Applied Engineering) Internships

Seeking Degree Programs In: Manufacturing, Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical, Nuclear, Systems, Industrial, Weld Engineering for Prototype Shop, Fabrication and Welding, Drafting Design, Project/Construction Engineering, Facility Engineering including Upgrades, Design, Drafting, Project Management, Civil Engineering, and Construction Management
Does an internship focused on changing the world's energy future intrigue you? If so, we might have just the opportunity you're looking for!
Through this single application, you are considered for all internship projects related to Engineering Services. Simply complete the application questions which will help us identify what knowledge and experience you already have that may be related to the preferred qualifications for each individual internship project. It is common for applicants to receive consideration for multiple projects at varying times throughout the process. Mentors will make direct contact with applicants who meet their project qualifications to share the specific details of the project. Most internships provide flexibility with start and end dates to account for varying university term schedules. We encourage early applications to increase the number of opportunities available to you.
If you are interested in other INL internship categories in addition to this one, you will need to complete the application for each of those categories as well. Most of the information you provide while completing the initial application carries over to your new applications. You will have to review your previously submitted information in each step, ensure it is complete and then click the submit button on the final step.


In addition to research engineering opportunities, INL offers applied engineering opportunities to ensure that facilities are properly maintained, that changes and upgrades are engineered to meet research and experimental requirements and for overall operations support of INL. These opportunities are available at our main campuses located in Idaho Falls, Materials and Fuels Complex and the Advanced Test Reactor Complex. Below are descriptions of the type of projects a student may work on:
  • Work with Power Management to develop a comprehensive list of substation and distribution gear, capture pertinent vendor data, and establish a Power Management technical reference library. Assist with the as-built drawing redline markups for new and/or modified Power Maintenance systems.
  • Work with Facilities and Site Services to prepare Preventative Maintenance justification documents, perform equipment verifications and work on the Equipment Preventative Maintenance Program.
  • Work with Project Managers to lead and research construction projects. Responsibilities include project engineering, design engineering interfaces, drawing reviews and field implementation, subcontractor oversight, project quality assurance, field change management, project controls, project specifications, and procurements.
  • Partner with INL Project Cost Estimators and Schedulers; scoping, planning and estimating research and construction projects. Responsibilities include: research vendor quotes, conduct quantity take offs, resolve design and scope questions, develop schedule structure and logic, cost database construct, design & customer interface, and align estimates with industry standards.
  • Support system engineers at ATR. Spend time in the field collecting component data and in an office environment supporting system engineering core business process such as data analysis for predicting equipment health. Gain engineering field experience with; drawings, systems and components of reactor and nonreactor facilities, and an understanding of working in a radiological environment.
  • Work closely with Process Engineers at the Hot Fuel Examination Facility (HFEF) in the development of new hot cell equipment, remote operations and design of new equipment, develop qualification plans to enable testing of equipment in mockup, and assist in post irradiation examination data analysis. Develop an understanding of the engineering required to enable "off the shelf" items to be used in a remote, hot cell environment. Experience the process of Post Irradiation Examinations from cask receipt and unloading, nondestructive examinations in a hot cell, and destructive examinations.
  • Responsible for establishing anchor bolt design and seismic acceleration determination templates using concrete codes and standards for nuclear power plants. Develop finite element models of structures, systems and components, apply normal, natural hazard, thermal and pressure loads, and evaluate for adequacy.
  • Work with the Utilities and Infrastructures Group. Responsibilities include site grounds, potable and firewater systems, compressed air, sewer, office building HVAC and boilers. Projects may include: steam system improvements (768 blast coil, boiler room flash tank vent cooler), cooling water chemical feed system design, updating and creating system drawings, updating and creating maintenance basis documents.
  • Aid in the design, fabrication and testing of glovebox components and subassemblies. Job will include market survey, selection, and procurement of commercially available equipment, fabrication and assembly of test assemblies for filtration, gas sampling, and analysis of glovebox atmospheres. Responsible for preparing engineering sketches for design, test procedures and technical evaluations.