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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Undergrad Technical Intern - EED Diversity Internship Program – Energy Processes and Materials Research in Des Moines, Iowa


Our expert staff provide multi-disciplinary solutions to complex energy and environmental issues. Key capabilities include science (chemical and mechanical). We employ a systems perspective that includes, discovery technology development and scale-up as well as economic, regulatory, and market acceptance issues necessary for successful technology commercialization. EP&MD focuses on three mission contributions: Clean Fossil Energy, Electricity Infrastructure, & Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking undergraduate students who are passionate about creating a sustainable energy future through science and engineering. The Energy and Environment Diverstity Internship Program (EEDIP) provides a 10-12 week paid research-based experience for students who are traditionally underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

The intern will be matched with a mentor based on their education, career interests, and project opportunities, and assigned to one of five major research divisions: Electricity Infraststructure & Buildings, Energy Processes & Materials, Nuclear Sciences, Earth Systems Sciences, and Coastal Sciences. Through the internship, students will experience firsthand how PNNL addresses some of our nation’s toughest problems in energy efficiency, renewable energy, electricity infrastructure, environmental management, carbon management, and nuclear energy.

This Energy and Processes Materials Division is seeking interns to support its work in:

  • Advanced Energy Systems

  • Applied Materials and Manufacturing

  • Battery Materials and Systems

  • Chemical and Biological Processing

We are looking for chemists, materials scientists, mechanical engineers, computational scientists, chemical engineers, and data scientists.

Interns at PNNL take part in The Gold Experience which includes networking with fellow interns and PNNL staff, and professional growth opportunities throughout the summer. This experience helps interns become educated on the breadth of research undertaken at PNNL.

If you’re interested in making the world a better place, and gaining valuable research experience to launch your career, please apply. Many students return for multiple internships and successfully apply for full time positions following graduation.


To have a complete application package, the items below are required and must be uploaded correctly per the steps below:

  1. Upload Resume or CV in “Resume” section only. (Note: if applying to multiple positions, the resume uploaded will be the resume used for all positions an applicant applies toward).

  2. Combine the two documents below into one (1) PDF document and name you file YourNameEEDIPEPMD . This combined document must be uploaded into the “Additional Documents” section.

  3. Current unofficial transcript, cumulative GPA must be listed

  4. 300-word essay addressing: (i) your educational goals, (ii) your career goals and how your experience at PNNL would help advance them, and (iii) how you would contribute to diversity at PNNL.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled at an accredited college or university.

  • Candidates must be taking at least 6 credit hours and have an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working toward a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

  • Preferred education in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry, Computational Science or Data Science

  • Preference will be given to candidates from programs with an emphasis on energy storage, catalysis, sustainable biofuel, carbon dioxide capture and conversion, or advanced manufacturing

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not Applicable.

Additional Information

Due to business needs and client space, US Citizenship is required.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is subject to the Department of Energy Unclassified Foreign Visits & Assignments Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.