Earth and Environmental Sciences Internship

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos County, NM, United States
  • Apr 14, 2017
Contractor - Independent Consultant Environmental Science/Engineering

Job Description

Academic Levels

  • Graduate Students
  • Undergraduates
  • Post-Bachelor's


The Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) Internships is a new program to promote the education and development of the next generation workforce in critical science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) related disciplines that complement current and future missions of DOE national laboratories.  The MSIPP Internship program is designed to provide an enhanced training environment for next generation scientists and engineers by exposing them to research challenges unique to our industry. 

MSIPP Interns will be given the opportunity to complete Summer Internships aligned with ongoing U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) research under the direction of a host national laboratory.  The internship will be performed at the host national laboratory, utilizing their facilities and equipment under the guidance of a research staff member.

Minority Serving Institutions are institutions of higher education enrolling populations with significant percentages of undergraduate minority students. 

Project: This student intern will support the ongoing Environment Project in Earth Systems Observations (EES-14). The student will conduct water sample preparation and analysis of major cation or trace metal element in a wet chemistry lab located in GGRL building. The assignment includes environment water sample logging, acidification, dilution, pipetting, and instrument analysis. The student will gain hands-on experience and knowledge in the area of environment water sample analysis and data management in an analytical chemistry lab.

Location: This internship will be located at Los Alamos National Lab.

Salary: Selected candidate will be compensated by either a stipend or salary, and may include one round trip domestic travel to and from the host laboratory. Stipends and salaries will be commensurate with cost of living at the location of the host laboratory. Housing information will be provided to interns prior to arrival at the host laboratory, and will vary from lab to lab.

Expected Start Date:  June 5, 2017


Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States,

  • Be at least 18 years of age,

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited Minority Serving Institution,,

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

  • Have an undergraduate or graduate cumulative minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and

  • Pass a drug test upon selection to participate in the MSIPP*The process and timing for drug testing varies from lab to lab.Use of Marijuana/Cannabis or its derivatives if prescribed is legal in some states.However, having these drugs in your system is NOT legal at United States Federal Contractor sites and National Laboratories. 

Required Knowledge, Skills, Work Experience, and Education

Successful candidates will:

  • Be a current graduate student; an undergraduate student is acceptable as long as the candidate is trained in the field of Chemistry, in Chemistry or a field related to Chemistry.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, Work Experience, and Education

It is desirable for the candidate to have:

  • Skills in analytical chemistry. Wet chemistry lab experience is preferable. Understanding ICP-MS, or OES is a plus.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree
  • Overall GPA: 3.00
  • Affirmation: I certify that I am at least 18 years of age and a US citizen, and am currently enrolled as a student in a degree seeking undergraduate or graduate program in a STEM field at an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI).
  • Discipline(s):
    • Other Physical Sciences (All)
  • Veteran Status: None

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