Researchers will start to hear from students in August and through the fall and winter. The earlier you reach out to Lab researchers to express interest in a summer appointment, the better!
It takes a viable project, a researcher with time to supervise, office space, and funding for a researcher to host a summer intern. If you apply too late, or if any one or more of these factors is missing, the appointment won’t come together. You may be the best fit to support a project, but if the researcher has already committed his/her funding, the appointment can’t happen.
It’s your responsibility to research LLNL to identify projects and researchers. The breadth of research at LLNL is so wide that it is impossible for us to provide a comprehensive list of potential projects—or for someone to identify exciting projects for you based on your major.
Once a researcher agrees to host an ROTC student, and the student agrees to the appointment, then LLNL can start the summer hire process for application, clearance, and drug testing. It can take 6 to 8 weeks before an official LLNL offer can be extended.
As an ROTC intern, you will participate in research in your assigned area, assist in conducting and documenting experiments, collect and analyze data, document and present results, attend lectures and workshops, and participate in the annual student poster symposium.
Resources for identifying LLNL research areas: