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Key Dates:

  • Applications open October 1, 2021

  • Application deadline for 2022 is November 15, 2021

  • Spring program start date: January 24, 2022

    • All successful applicants are expected to commit to the program through the spring and summer terms, with an option to continue for an additional year.


  • Participants must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate with a major in physics, chemistry or engineering in a degree-seeking program at an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI) at time of application.

Full-time enrollment status is determined by the number of hours or courses the school requires for full-time attendance (defined by the Internal Revenue Service).

  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status required.

  • Participants must be over the age of 18.

  • Participants must have medical insurance during their time at the Lab.

  • Participants must behave in a responsible and professional manner. Interns must adhere to the Ethics and Conduct at Berkeley Lab Requirements and Policies Manual (RPM).

  • Participants must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 before start of the program


  • $315 per week stipend during the 16-week spring and fall programs

    • Traineeship will be virtual during Spring 2022

    • During the academic semesters, the time commitment is up to 15 hours per week, which includes:

      • Research time, working with research mentors;

      • Seminars in different areas of nuclear science and related fields;

      • Organized homework help sessions;

      • Networking activities with other trainees and mentors;

      • Much more...

  • $840 per week stipend during the 10-week summer program

    • Summer 2022 Traineeship program is anticipated to be in person at Berkeley Lab

    • The expected time commitment is 40 hours per week, which includes

      • Research in nuclear science with your research mentors at Berkeley Lab;

      • Tours of experimental facilities;

      • Networking activities with other trainees and mentors;

      • Career development workshops;

      • And much more...

  • Travel supplement during the summer, if your permanent address is at least 50 miles from the Lab

How To Apply:

The application form (above) requires the following:

  • Applicant profile

    • Educational background

    • Previous research experience

    • Relevant skills

  • Statement of interest (500 word limit) and a brief statement of your professional goals

  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or advisor, to be emailed directly to