EEDIP Masters Intern Summer 2024 - Earth System Science

at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Springfield, Illinois, United States

Job Description


PNNL’s Earth System Science Division enables energy independence and national security through leadership in earth systems science, engineering, and decision analytics. Our work focuses on solving complex problems in the dynamic Earth system. Our interdisciplinary scientists steward a breadth of efforts that encompass research on plants to groundwater science and coastal zones, to storm prediction.

Our research focuses on understanding and mitigating operational risks at the interface of human and natural environments. This includes predicting the impacts of natural hazards and extreme climate events on Earth and human systems, along with the impacts of wildfire, flooding, seav level rise and storm surges. We focus on understanding and mitigating environmental contamination and increasing the resiliency, security and sustainability of water resources. We provide geointelligence through advanced sensing and data analytics to forecast complex system behaviors and operational performance to understand human-natural systems. This includes informed decision making and enhanced community resilience, advanced monitoring, and remote sensing of environmental systems for energy and national security. It also includes developing energy systems, including geothermal energy, sustainable oil and gas production, storage and utilization, along with carbon sequestration.

Driven by a “science-to-solutions” philosophy, we provide scientific leadership and technology to enhance national security, mitigate natural hazards and optimize disaster response. In the critical areas of energy, environment, intelligence, and defense, we deliver insights and decision support through the development of tools and solutions.

NOTE: Several documents are strictly required to submit with the application to be eligible for this position. Please read the entire job posting for detailed instructions.


Are you interested in making the world a better place while gaining valuable research experience to launch your career? PNNL is seeking undergraduate students with a passion about creating a sustainable energy future through science and engineering to join us for summer internship. The Energy and Environment Diversity Internship Program (EEDIP) provides a 10-12-week paid, research-based experience for students who are traditionally underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields.

?EEDIP interns in our Earth Systems Science Division will experience firsthand how PNNL addresses some of our nation’s toughest problems. Join our division of over 400 experts and explore how your training in fields such as, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, architectural engineering and buildings sciences, systems engineering, data sciences, energy policy, and economics, can position you for a high impact career at a national lab.

You’ll be matched with a mentor based on your education, career interests, and project opportunities, and assigned to a research group working in one of the following areas:

+ Subsurface Science

+ Risk and Environmental Assessments

+ Operational Systems Engineering

+ Earth System Predictability and Resiliency

+ Applied Decision Systems and Analytics

EEDIP interns also 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. Many students return for multiple internships and successfully apply for full-time positions following graduation.?

Preference is for interns to be located at a PNNL location (Richland, WA) to ensure an impactful experience with their mentor and collaborators.


To have a complete application package, the (2) listed items below are required and must be uploaded correctly per the steps below for consideration:

Step 1: Upload Resume or CV in “Resume” section only (note: If applying to multiple positions, the most recent resume uploaded will be used for all positions an applicant applies to).

Step 2: Upload a Cover Letter separately in “Additional Documents” section of the application titled “ESS – Summer 2024 EEDIP Cover Letter”.

+ Cover letter should include: Statement of interest, reference relevant college courses, and relevant experience that may include extracurricular activities that have prepared you for this career.

If any of the components (resume and cover letter) are not uploaded per the instructions above, applications will be rejected and will no longer be considered. Electronic applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. (PST) on the posting close date.


Minimum Qualifications:

+ Candidates must be matriculated/enrolled in a Master’s program at an accredited college or university.

+ Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

+ Applicants should be working toward a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degree, or related degrees below.

+ Applicants in the following disciplines (or closely related programs) are preferred:

+ Electrical Engineering or Power Systems Engineering

+ Mechanical Engineering, Architectural Engineering or Building Sciences

+ Systems Engineering

+ Energy Policy

+ Economics

+ Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Cyber Security Engineering

+ Data Sciences

+ Preference will be given to candidates from programs with an applied emphasis on energy and power systems and building systems.

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.

Testing Designated Position

Not a Testing Designated Position.

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.

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Job Posting: JC251299894

Posted On: Nov 17, 2023

Updated On: Feb 28, 2024

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