Involvement in world-class research provides participants with a set of experiences that support their education and career goals. Typically, participants gain hands-on experience and the opportunity to apply learned theory to real life problems. An experience of this type, and with these resources at a premier state-of-the-art research laboratory is not available in an academic research lab.
In this capacity, participants are making genuine contributions to program goals, specifically issues of national security. Interns also may publish or co-author papers as well as present their research at conferences and their schools. Yet another benefit is a pipeline to employment, strengthening collaborations with academia as well as other DOE laboratories and employers partnering in collaborative research.