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2024 Technology Commercialization Internship Program

Are you interested in learning about the process by which new technologies reach full commercial scale and are available in the marketplace?

The Technology Commercialization Internship Program (TCIP) sponsored by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) provides paid opportunities for undergraduate students to explore and contribute to advances at the intersection of business and innovative technologies. Students undergo intensive training as they join the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) world-class national laboratory system, boost entrepreneurial thinking, and explore market opportunities.


                         Want to learn more, or need help creating a strong application?

Join us for an informational webinar

Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET | Register Now

Wednesday, January 3, 2023, 12-1:00 p.m. ET | Register Now

As a program participant, you will:

  • Participate in and contribute to OTT mission-related activities, this includes market research, intellectual property discovery, ecosystem development, customer discovery, and more.
  • Learn and collaborate with Technology Transfer specialists at DOE national laboratories working on commercialization efforts related to the OTT mission, and establish long-term relationships between yourself, technology transfer experts, and OTT staff.
  • Gain deep insight into the federal government's role in the creation and implementation of policies that will affect energy technology development.
  • Enhance your education and training by learning from Energy I-Corps instructors, attending workshops, and using your new-found knowledge to complete deliverables such as a feasibility study and student presentation.

Program Benefits

  • Stipend: $850 per week. A stipend supplement to offset the cost of housing may be provided for participants that relocate more than 50 miles from their home/school location. Supplement will be based on internship location.
  • Option to participate in person or remotely depending on the host facility's availability
  • Limited reimbursement for travel expenses to the assigned hosting site
  • Attendance to an In-person opening ceremony in Washington, D.C., and a closing ceremony at a national laboratory.  Travel arrangements and reimbursement will be provided.


To be considered, applicants must meet each of the following criteria by the application deadline:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. While U.S. citizenship is not required for participation in the program, U.S. citizenship may be required depending on the internship assignment. ORISE will work with facilities and selected candidates to determine eligibility. Selected candidates must provide suitable documentation to verify citizenship status at the time appointment is accepted.
  • Be at least 18 years old by May 28, 2024.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student during the 2023-2024 academic year pursuing a degree in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, or business with an interest in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. You must provide proof of enrollment during the 2023 Fall. Candidates selected for an internship appointment will be required to provide proof of enrollment for 2024 Spring.
  • Have coverage under a health insurance plan during the appointment. Selected candidate must provide proof of such coverage before the appointment start date.

How to Apply

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at 

Application deadline

January 15, 2024, 11:59 PM EST

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DOE has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to administer this program.