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University Programs

University Partnerships

SRNL University and Externally-Funded Research Internships

Other Internship Opportunities

University Partnerships

SRNL has close working relationships with a variety of institutions of higher education and partners with the universities to achieve a broad range of research and development goals.  The general purpose of these arrangements is to use the combined strengths of each institution to solve scientific and technical problems of mutual interest, and of interest to the Department of Energy and to develop a workforce pipeline of skilled research and technical staff that support both National Laboratory and University programs.

On a day-to-day basis, SRNL works with numerous institutions and faculty members on cooperative projects across a wide spectrum of scientific inquiry. SRNL establishes partnering agreements such as Memorandums of Agreement, Work for Others agreements, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, or other collaboration mechanisms to support SRNL-University research projects.

SRNL has ongoing collaborative research relationships with academic institutions such as:

Benedict College

Claflin University

Clark Atlanta University

Clemson University

Coastal Carolina University

Drexel University

Florida International University

Georgia Institute of Technology


Georgia Regents University (Formerly Medical College of Georgia)

Johns Hopkins University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Medical University of South Carolina

Mississippi State University

South Carolina State University

Texas A&M

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Iowa

University of Queensland

University of South Carolina

Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)

Research Internships


SRNL University and Externally-Funded Research Internships

In addition to traditional internships, SRNL hosts educational internships based on specific university/academic research programs closely aligned with SRNL’s core research competencies and core products. .  Internships supporting this work are funded through targeted proposal awards, grants, federal research programs, or other external initiatives, and are coordinated by SRNL with the respective university or agency. These undergraduate and graduate internships focus on research in the primary Laboratory programs areas of National Security, Environmental Stewardship, Clean Energy, and Science and Technology.  Universities frequently seek internship opportunities in these areas based on the requirement for student internships to be a key component of the proposal or initiative.

Research internships at SRNL also provide:

  • Networking with a broad range of professionals with significant experience in the
  • fields of National Security, Clean Energy, Environmental Stewardship, or Science and Technology
  • Networking with a select group of students from other colleges/universities
  • Gaining professional experience related to two organizations’ missions, SRNL’s and the sponsoring entity’s
  • Developing and enhancing soft skills needed to succeed in a professional research environment
  • Building maturity and confidence levels
  • Enhancing your academic performance
  • Aiding in determining and confirming academic major/career goals

Eligibility and Criteria:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be a full time student at an accredited four year college/university
  • Must be able to successfully complete General Employee Training (GET) and
    Substance Abuse Processing (SAP) to gain access to the Savannah River Site

Disciplines - Internship disciplines vary according to the sponsoring organization needs, but may include:

  • Nuclear Forensics
  • Radioecology
  • Material Science
  • Physical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
Other Internship Opportunities

SRNL Principal Investigators serve as mentors for the intern’s research project and typically work hand in hand with the sponsoring agency or institution to ensure that students meet program objectives. Students may be required to develop a formal project presentation prior to completing their internship assignment.

For more information on SRNL-University Partnerships or establishing SRNL research internships:

Contact: Elizabeth Hoffman
Program Manager, University Relations
Building 773-43A, 213
Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC 29808
Phone: 803.725-8430


Other Internship Opportunities

Opportunities for traditional student internships, including engineering, business and communications are also available through the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC website at:

Contact: Nate Diakun
Building 730-1B
Savannah River Site, Aiken, SC 29808
Phone: 803.952.9287
Fax: 803.952.8669


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