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National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Graduate Student Intern - Summer 2024

🚀 Summer Internship


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Summer Internship



  • The National Ignition Facility and Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate has multiple openings for graduate level students and students who have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree to engage in practical research experience to further their educational goals. You will provide research opportunities in a large array of fields such as lasers, laser-plasma physics, electro-optics, software development, and optical, x-ray and nuclear instrument development and testing


  • Must be a continuing college or university student in good standing at an accredited institution pursuing a graduate degree or has completed their bachelor’s or master’s degree engineering, physics, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated exposure through coursework or relevant experience with tools associated to your field of study. For experimental work this can include data reduction and manipulation, image processing, computer-aided drafting, or similar; for theoretical/computational work this includes numerical methods and scientific programming languages (Python, MATLAB, etc.).
  • A sustained record of outstanding academic performance.
  • Ability to work full time for ten to twelve weeks during the summer months.
  • Ability to apply basic engineering or scientific principles to solve technical problems.
  • Ability to present and communicate concepts and ideas.
  • Effective interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team environment.
  • Experience working with personal computers and familiarity with Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Prior experience in physics or engineering laboratory settings for experimental assignments and in cluster/high performance computing or plasma physics codes for computational assignments.
  • GPA of 3.0 or above.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • Work alongside scientists doing work and research at onsite laser and nuclear facilities in the areas of advanced laser development, laser plasma interactions, hydrodynamics, material science, radiation physics and various advanced diagnostic systems.
  • Conduct research (experimental, theoretical, or modeling) in assigned area, under close supervision.
  • Gather and analyze data or information in support of scientific research.
  • Communicate research results: document work, present and discuss findings.
  • Attend relevant seminars and prepare a poster for the Student Intern Poster Symposium.
  • Perform technical assignments of a basic degree of complexity and provide advanced technical support to scientist in scientific research and development projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Work type

Full time

Work mode





  • Holiday Pay
  • Sick leave accrual
  • Individual 401(k) contributions