Internship Positions

EM-1 DOE Office of Environmental Management Headquarters

This internship is in the EM’s Office of Regulatory, Intergovernmental and Stakeholder Engagement in Washington, DC and Germantown, MD.  The mission of this office is to provide leadership for the implementation and monitoring of the environmental regulatory compliance function to support EM cleanup efforts, while interacting with communities and interested EM stakeholders.  The office supports the development of EM low-level waste disposal facility disposal authorization statements and has the overriding responsibility to support field offices by enabling the effective execution of the mission.

An internship with this office will offer  firsthand exposure to how EM achieves its mission while efficiently and effective complying with regulations and compliance agreements, and interacting with intergovernmental groups, Tribal nations, local governments, and other stakeholders.

Assignments may vary from technical work, research, and administrative aspects of projects, including database entry, assembly of documents for meetings, and transcribing notes.

Deliverables

Potential tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Collecting, analyzing and synthesizing data
  • Conducting research on environmental laws and regulations, and compliance agreements
  • Drafting policy papers
  • Developing fact sheets and other educational materials for staff
  • Preparing meeting materials

Degree Programs Sought

  • Engineering
  • Physical science
  • Political science
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental Studies
  • Public Policy
  • Government or a related field

Students with an interest in environmental management will be given preference.

Hanford Office of River Protection (ORP) – Three Internship Positions

The mission of the Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection (ORP) is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and production. ORP is accomplishing this by constructing and operating facilities to treat radioactive liquid tank waste into a safe, stable form to enable ultimate disposition; securing and storing nuclear material in a stable and safe configuration; transporting and disposing of transuranic and low-level wastes in a safe and cost effective manner to reduce risk.

HA-1 Hanford ORP Civil Engineering

This position is located in the Stevens Center complex in Hanford, Washington, and will support engineers and/or senior management officials in areas of programmatic responsibilities by performing routine/basic tasks, assignments, research, presentations, written correspondence and administrative functions related to supporting verification of instrument and control functions and reviewing project road map documents. The position will also include learning control systems, structural and electrical schematics, wiring diagrams, and loop diagrams. It will also include performing in field walk downs at Waste Treatment and Isolation Plant (WTP) Site.

It will also involve job shadowing of DOE site workers and providing support as need based on scheduled work oversight of contractor scope, performing reviews of WTP systems, structures and components against industry standards and DOE policy, confirming facility configuration with applicable description documents and reviewing and observing system testing and generating report(s) capturing observations and conclusions from reviews

Degree Programs Sought

  • Civil Engineering Controls Engineering major or equivalent

Additional Qualifications

  • Effective communications skills (written and verbal), college level reading comprehension, customer service and work relationship skills, basic to intermediate understanding of electrical, electronic, C&I, or control logic diagrams and experience with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access Database

HA-2 Hanford ORP Electrical Engineering

The position will support engineers and/or senior management officials in areas of programmatic responsibilities by performing routine/basic tasks, assignments, research, presentations, written correspondence and administrative functions related to the following:

C&I work – Support verification of instrument and control functions, review software life cycle document using P&IDs & CSLDs (Control Systems Logic Diagram). The intern will benefit for learning DCS control system, electrical schematics, wiring diagrams, and loop diagram. We use Foundation Field, Profibus and Modbus for protocols.

Software work – Assistance will be needed assessing development of Plant Automatic Control software and Plant Administration Management Software, including SmartPlant and others like OsiPi software. The intern can be in electrical/computer engineering, or software engineering major or equivalent, with knowledge in PLC, HMI and SQL preferred.

Electrical work – Assistance will be needed to review the electrical schematics, wiring diagrams, with knowledge in relays, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system preferred.

Degree Programs Sought

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Controls Engineering

HA-3 Hanford ORP Mechanical/Chemical Engineering

The intern will be assigned to the Waste Treatment Plant Engineering Division to support engineers and/or senior management officials in areas of programmatic responsibilities by performing routine/basic tasks, assignments, research, presentations, written correspondence and administrative functions related to the following:

Low-Activity Waste (LAW) Site Work/Assessments – Participate in job shadow of DOE site workers and provide support as needed based on scheduled work oversight of contractor scope. Perform reviews of Waste Treatment and Isolation Plant systems, structures and components against industry standards and DOE policy. Confirm facility configuration with applicable description documents. Review and observe system testing. Generate report(s) capturing observations and conclusions from reviews.

Engineering Support and Assistance – Provide support to Waste Treatment Facility Engineering Division engineering staff on review of ongoing mechanical/chemical engineering work scope.

Degree Programs Sought

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Hanford Richland Operations Office (ROO) – Two Internship Positions

HA-4 Hanford RL Soil and Groundwater Division

The United States Department of Energy (DOE), Richland Operations Office (RL), Assistant Manager for River and Plateau (AMRP), Soil and Groundwater Division (SGD) is responsible for Hanford remediation projects involving cleanup of the River Corridor and Central Plateau for the Richland Operations Office.

Deliverables

The intern will support the technical staff of the Soil and Groundwater Division. The division is largely responsible for ensuring the implementation of a remediation plan, developed for the protection of the Columbia River Corridor. The SGD is responsible for developing a site-wide management process to protect water resources, ecological resources, and human health. The summer intern will support senior technical staff with field oversight of groundwater samplings and installation initiatives.

Degree Programs Sought

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Chemistry

HA-5 Hanford RL Environmental Safety and Quality

The United States Department of Energy (DOE), Richland Operations Office (RL), Assistant Manager for Safety and Environment (AMSE), Environmental Safety and Quality Division (ESQ) is responsible for the functional accountability, evaluation, and execution of quality assurance, environmental and industrial safety programs and independent verification of implementation of these programs at Hanford.

Deliverables

The intern will support the ESQ senior technical staff in areas of programmatic responsibilities by performing routine/basic tasks, assignments, research, presentations, and written correspondence. Additionally, they will support senior technical staff with oversight of contractors Environmental, Safety and Health programs and be involved with the application of Environmental and OSHA regulations in the field working with SME’s.

Degree Programs Sought

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Environmental Science
  • Safety or Health Science

Oak Ridge – Two Internship Positions

OR-1 Oak Ridge Operations Management

  • Support federal personnel performing contractor oversight of DOE Nuclear Facilities
  • Support federal personnel performing contractor oversight of Conduct of Engineering, nuclear facility maintenance, worker safety and health, waste management, and nuclear safety programs

Deliverables

  • Assessment reports detailing observed contractor activities
  • Weekly status reports of performed activities
  • End of Term Report – presentation to OREM management on the overall experience (including lessons learned and recommendations for improvement)

Degree Programs Sought

  • STEM-related degrees (e.g., engineering, health physics, chemistry, engineering, construction, management, safety, industrial hygiene, etc.)

OR-2 Oak Ridge Project Management

The intern will work directly with a Project Management Mentor who will provide them real work experience that supports the Environmental Management mission in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

  • Support DOE Federal Project Managers performing oversight of contractor Deactivation and Demolition activities in support of Capital Asset projects
  • Support DOE Portfolio Federal Project Directors in performing oversight of the contractor field activities for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management.
  • Support field oversight of ongoing contractor engineering, nuclear facility maintenance, worker safety and health, waste management, environmental compliance and nuclear safety

Deliverables

  • Review and assess contractor project performance data
  • Weekly status reports of assigned project support activities
  • Attend and support monthly project reviews
  • End of Term Report – presentation to OREM management on the overall experience (including lessons learned and recommendations for improvement)

Degree Programs Sought

  • STEM-related degrees (e.g., engineering, health physics, chemistry, engineering, construction, project management, safety, industrial hygiene, etc.)

Savannah River – Two Internship Positions

SR-1 Savannah River – Office of Chief Counsel

The intern will support DOE-SR Office of Chief Counsel (OCC). Projects and work assignments will consist of performing legal research in the variety of areas practiced in OCC  including, environment, ethics, contracts, Equal Employment Opportunity, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, workers compensation, and cyber security law. The intern will attend meetings with OCC line organization customers to gather information and develop legal advice. When opportunities arise, the intern will attend mediations and court proceedings.

Deliverables

  • Draft legal writings to include motions and memorandums on various legal and policy issues.
  • Written document reviews on various legal and policy issues.

Degree Programs Sought

  • Criminal Justice
  • Energy Law, Environmental Policy
  • Political Science
  • Law

SR-2 Savannah River – Cyber Security

Cyber security continues to be a major topic running through headlines of many television outlets.  Due to the ever-changing threat, DOE and other federal agencies must be vigilant in protecting our assets in support of National Security and mission.  The intern will support DOE-SR Cyber and Information team in analyzing our unclassified environments.

They will assist in identifying potential threats, vulnerabilities or indicators within Savannah River Enterprise network.  The intern will develop and present new techniques to aid DOE-SR in responding to adversary threats, working directly with our forensic team to gain real world experience using varies tools to gather more artifacts that can be used for discipline or criminal prosecutions.  The intern will have exposure to and attain experience by interacting with Counterintelligence, Inspector General and other agencies.  Through their assignment, they will participate in reporting and briefing all levels of management including their peers.  They will assist in developing and presenting a training program to educate users on cyber security awareness.  Finally, the intern will brief senior management on recommendations to improve the Cyber Security program.

Deliverables

  • Analyze and document your findings on our protection of controlled unclassified information
  • Create various dashboards for management to understand the cyber threats our environment using tools like SPLUNK
  • Report and participate in our incident response process
  • Development recommendations and brief senior management on findings relate to cyber hygienic, cyber threats, or cyber landscape

Note: Specific deliverables may change depending on intern.

Degree Programs Sought

  • computer science
  • computer engineering
  • information assurance
  • cyber security
  • computer information systems
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