Investing in Idaho’s future workforce
Growing the talent pipeline involves investing in education and research partnerships with institutions within our region and throughout the nation. For more than 70 years, Idaho National Laboratory has provided outstanding educational and employment opportunities in Idaho. To keep our talent pipeline primed, we support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education at all levels. The field is wide open for a new generation of talented individuals to step up and tackle the major challenges that we work on.
Accomplishments and data are from fiscal year 2023.
through 216 STEM events
Empowering future talent: Internship opportunities
We work to find, recruit and nurture talented early-career individuals in a variety of specialties. INL hosted 216 interns, three graduate fellows and 13 postdoctoral researchers from Idaho colleges and universities.
The lab also brings interns outside Idaho into our state each year. This year, we welcomed a cohort of 527 university interns. These interns come from 161 institutions across 44 states, including Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, as well as three countries outside the United States, reflecting INL’s commitment to diversity and global perspectives.
INL has achieved a notable accomplishment by securing a position in the 2024 Vault Internship Top 100 Best Internships rankings. As the sole national laboratory to make the list, our interns not only provided valuable insights but also set a participation record.
Postdocs and interns helping the community
Intern develops technology to find EV charging vulnerabilities
Supporting employee education
We also invest in employees by providing the opportunity to further their education and professional development. During 2023, 299 employees were enrolled in degree programs at Boise State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, College of Eastern Idaho, Idaho State University and University of Idaho. This program supports employee growth while investing in Idaho’s colleges and universities.
Bright Future in Energy Scholarship
INL Future Corps
High school science & engineering internships
The science and engineering internship track places students under the guidance of mentors from a variety of INL research directorates. A total of 21 different mentors hosted students in FY-23, many acting as first-time mentors. The program culminates in a project showcase, where students gain experience discussing their research in posters and research presentations. Research topics for students ranged from the challenges of implementing bioenergy solutions to the impact of machine learning on laboratory operations.