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Post-Undergraduate Intern (Year-Round) - Chemical Engineering

🚀 Off-cycle Internship


🤑 $38.3K - $61.3K

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  • You must have completed a bachelor's degree in 2023 or early 2024 and be adaptable, safety-conscious, and eager to learn in an interdisciplinary laboratory setting. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Advanced degree candidates must be enrolled full-time.
  • You will support researchers in cutting-edge research on reaction discovery, plastic depolymerization, polymer synthesis, and Textile Circularity at NREL.

Off-cycle Internship



  • The Renewable Resources and Enabling Sciences Center at NREL has an internship opening withing the Polymer Science and Engineering group. The position is for full-time work on-site at NREL.


  • The ability to conduct laboratory experiments with minimal supervision, with the utmost regard to safety is required. Adaptability and an aptitude for learning are critical in this role. This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate invested in the NREL mission who desires relevant laboratory experience in preparation for graduate school or a future career in a related field. Interdisciplinary collaboration and a relentless pursuit of advancing understanding at the intersection of fundamental science and industrial application is paramount to every member of our team..
  • Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Undergraduate: Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a bachelor’s degree program from an accredited institution.
  • Post Undergraduate: Earned a bachelor’s degree within the past 12 months. Eligible for an internship period of up to one year.
  • Graduate: Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a master’s degree program from an accredited institution.
  • Post Graduate: Earned a master’s degree within the past 12 months. Eligible for an internship period of up to one year.
  • Graduate + PhD: Completed master’s degree and enrolled as PhD student from an accredited institution.
  • Additional Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated general laboratory experience and exposure to analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, or biochemistry
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to work well with a variety of personality types with various levels of technical backgrounds
  • Demonstrated experience following Standard Lab Safety Procedures and setting a safe example
  • Willingness to take direction and work independently to support team goals
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Candidates are expected to have completed a bachelor’s degree in 2023 or early 2024 and begin an in-person, full-time internship for a 1-year commitment post-graduation.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • The ideal candidate will be available for a one-year internship commitment, immediately post-undergraduate completion. This intern will provide researchers within our group the support necessary to safely achieve their cutting-edge research - ranging from reaction discovery for plastic depolymerization and valorization to polymer synthesis. The successful candidate will work on a project enabling Textile Circularity within the NREL Westgate program


Work type

Full time

Work mode





38300 - 61300 USD