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Community College Internship (CCI)

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The Department of Energy's Community College Internship (CCI) program encourages 2-year college students to enter technical careers by providing training experiences at a Department of Energy (DOE) laboratory.

Program Overview

CCI program interns are provided the opportunity to work under the guidance of scientific and engineering staff on projects that are relevant to the DOE's mission of ensuring America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions that includes:

  • A 10 week internship during the spring, summer and fall semesters
  • Participation in cutting-edge scientific research programs
  • A chance to present research results verbally and/or in writing
  • Collaborations that may result in a contribution to a scientific journal
  • A weekly stipend of $600
  • Housing, on-site transportation and one round trip visit to student listed permanent address for those living outside a 50-mile radius from the lab 
  • CCI Student Altramiese Tippie

    October 22, 2019

    Mountainview College student Altramiese Tippie conducted electrochemical and spectrophotometric studies of conjugated polymers during her time in the Community College Internship program which encourages community college students to enter technical careers through participation in a 10-week internship at Brookhaven Lab.

Mountainview College student Altramiese Tippie conducted electrochemical and spectrophotometric studies of polymers during her time at Brookhaven Lab through the Community College Internship program.

Program Benefits

As a major user facility, BNL attracts visiting scientists, university faculty, and students from all over the world. Like them, CCI students will be treated as full colleagues in their research groups, and full members of the BNL community - able, as time permits, to attend or take part in scientific seminars, visit major BNL research facilities, and interact casually with other undergraduates, graduate students, and technical staff, as well as their own research group.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. institution AND have completed at least one semester as an undergraduate (at the time of application)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Active health insurance for the duration of the program 

Application Requirements

Apply online through the Department of Energy's Community College Internship website.