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  • These positions are located in various offices at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  MOST OF THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES ARE AT NRC HEADQUARTERS IN ROCKVILLE, MD. 
  • There are limited engineering and science oriented opportunities in NRC regional offices: REGION I-King of Prussia, PA; REGION II-Atlanta, GA; REGION III-Lisle, IL; REGION IV-Arlington, TX; and the Technical Training Center in Chattanooga, TN. 
  • These positions are Non-Bargaining Unit.


  • The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) views summer interns as our future workforce. The work performed is professional in nature and in a learning environment that gives the student intern the opportunity to evaluate the work for potential long-term employment. Student employment assignments are based on the functions and tasks performed in the organization to which you are assigned and ideally related to your academic and career goals. Areas of assignment could include engineering and science, accounting, finance, information technology, among others, for more information visit
  • Please note that this is a program for currently enrolled students, and you must meet the definition of a student throughout the duration of the temporary summer student program.
  • Travel: Not required
  • Supervisory status: No
  • Promotion Potential: 09
  • Job family (Series): 0099 General Student Trainee


Conditions Of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required;
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.
  • These are Drug Testing positions-The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for these positions will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing;
  • Cumulative minimum GPA requirement of 2.85Qualifications are based on your academic standing as of the end of the 2021/2022 academic year (May/June 2022). Transcripts (official or unofficial) are required to determine academic standing at the time of application.



To qualify for these positions all applicants MUST currently hold and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher, be enrolled in an accredited degree seeking program during the 2021/2022 academic year, and meet the academic criteria specified below.  

The NRC is accepting applications for the following disciplines:

  • Engineering: Chemical, Computer, Civil/Structural, Electrical/Electronics, Environmental, Fire Protection, Industrial, Materials/Metallurgical, Mechanical, Nuclear/Radiological, Systems, Welding
  • Physical Science: Atmospheric/Meteorology, Environmental, Geology, Hydrology, Physics, Seismology, and Health Physics (including concentrations in Radiation Biology, Waste Management, Environmental Health, Risk Communication, Radiation Chemistry, Radiation Dosimetry, Radiation Ecology, Epidemiology, Medical Physics, Radiation Oncology/Technology)
  • Business: Accounting, Data Analytics, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing
  • International: International Affairs, International Policy
  • Emergency Management: Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Security Management
  • Information Management /Graphic Design: Digital Media, Graphic Design; Information Management, Library Science, Multimedia, Records Management
  • Information Technology: Cybersecurity, Cloud computing, Data Science, Computer Science/Information Technology, Instructional System Design, Network Engineering, Information Security, Software Architecture, Low-Code/No-Code Development, Application Development
  • Mathematics: Actuarial Science, Data Analytics/Science, Mathematics, Statistics
  • Your grade (GG-04, GG-05, GG-07 OR GG-09) will be determined by your semester or quarter hours and GPA, based on the end of the 2021/2022 academic year.  However, the base hourly rate of pay will be no lower than $13.03 and no higher than $35.82. Your salary will be determined by locality, discipline, grade point average (GPA), and number of semester hours completed.
  • If you are an undergraduate student, your grade level will be based on the following: (PLEASE NOTE: the number of semester hours is based on the end of the 2021/2022 academic year. (May/June 2022)
  • Engineering and Science GG-04 grade level (0899/1399 job series): You must be a high school graduate with 30 to 59 semester hours of college credit.
  • Engineering and Science GG-05 grade level (0899/1399 job series): You must be a high school graduate with 60 to 90 or more semester hours of college credit.
  • All other disciplines GG-04 grade level: You must be a high school graduate with 30 to 89 semester hours of college credit.
  • All other disciplines GG-05 grade level: You must be a high school graduate with 90 or more semester hours of college credit.
  • If you are a graduate student, your grade level will be based on the following:   
  • GG-5 grade level: Bachelor’s with a GPA of at least 2.85 but below 2.95 on a 4.0 scale.
  • GG-7 grade level: Bachelor’s with a GPA of at least 2.95 on a 4.0 scale or completion of one full academic year of graduate level education.
  • GG-09 grade level: Completion of two academic years of graduate level education or a Master’s degree or equivalent.
  • Ideal candidates should also possess the following: Basic skills in using office automation programs such as Microsoft Office, Excel, Power Point (or other desktop software programs) and effective organizational and communication skills suitable for a professional environment.


  • You must be a degree seeking student enrolled at least half-time in an accredited educational institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.85. 

Additional information

  • The NRC may pay some travel and lodging expenses if you are required to physically report to an NRC facility and certain criteria are met. Travel and lodging expenses will be determined through eligibility in the agency’s Student Transportation and Lodging Program, only for those students at the undergraduate or graduate level in an accredited university or college. 
  • The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the coordinator at (301) 287-0739 or TDD 240-482-3217. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Selectees will be required to complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment”, (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service, a transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver.
  • To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you need favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a waiver is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication are required for continued employment. If you cannot obtain a 145(b) waiver, the offer will be rescinded as this appointment is limited to 89 days.
  • If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.