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Applying for the LANL Scholars Internship Program

Application Guide for Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF): LANL Scholars Internship Program


  • Interns in this program are typically expected to be available to work full-time hours or near full-time hours.
  • Interns are expected to participate in professional development opportunities and showcase their internship project at an end-of-summer symposium.
  • Scholarship recipients who are currently employed by LANL DO NOT have to go through the placement and selection process.

Eligibility Requirements

Students who wish to participate in this internship program at LANL must:

  • Be a 2024 recipient of a LAESF scholarship.
  • Be at least 16 years of age at time of internship.
  • Be a US citizen.
  • Have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Provide documentation of acceptance into an undergraduate program, if the student has not yet started an undergraduate program and/or enrolled in courses. This will be required later at the time hiring paperwork is completed.
  • Once the student starts an undergraduate program, the student must enroll in and successfullycomplete a minimum of 12 undergraduate credit hours per semester.
  • Pass a new employment drug test. The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

How to Apply

LAESF applicants interested in LANL internship opportunities should answer all required questions under the LANL Internships section of their scholarship application. All 2024 LAESF scholarship recipients who answered yes to the required questions will automatically be considered for internship opportunities so long as they meet all LANL Scholars Internship Program eligibility requirements and are not currently employed as LANL interns.

Relevant sections of the scholarship application (e.g., Education Information, Employment Information, Academic Awards/Honors, Extracurricular Activities, Career Goals, etc.) will be provided to LANL hiring officials by the LANL Scholars Internship Coordinator. More information on the selection process can be found below.

Required Documents

To be considered for the internship program, students must:

  • Submit a complete scholarship application by the January 16, 2024 deadline.
  • Indicate their interest in internship opportunities by answering all questions under the LANL Internships section of the scholarship application.

The LANL Scholars Internship Coordinator may require additional documentation, like updated resumes, at time of internship placement.

The Selection Process

Mentors will contact prospective interns directly. Interviews may be informal phone conversations or formal in-person interviews, so it is recommended you prepare for both situations. Mentors may begin contacting students in mid-March 2024 at the earliest.

The Student Programs Office recommends preparing a list of questions in advance to ask about the internship, such as:

  • Can you tell me more about the work done in your organization?
  • What kinds of projects will I work on as an intern?
  • What will a typical workday be like?
  • Who will I be working with and how much interaction will I have with other employees?
  • What days and hours will I be working? If you have a vacation planned during the summer, you need to let the prospective mentor know.

The Hiring Process

Students who are selected for an internship will be contacted by Matthew Pacheco, LANL Scholars InternshipCoordinator, regarding required paperwork. Selected students should be prepared to complete new hire paperwork in one week or less, due to the short time-frame.

Contact Information

All questions regarding the LAESF: LANL Scholars Internship Program can be sent to:

Matthew Pacheco, LANL Scholars Internship Coordinator Student Programs Office


Questions regarding the scholarship application should be directed to the LANL Foundation’s Scholarship Administration Team,

LANL is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, however employment is not guaranteed.