Mickey Leland Energy Fellowships

Sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy, the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) is a 10-week long internship program that provides opportunities to students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors). Candidates who are selected will have the opportunity to work on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. Students work on a research project at one of the sites listed here and, at the conclusion of the program, attend a "Technical Forum," where they present their project and tour nearby technical sites. Internships run from early June to early August.

The program allows students to gain valuable experience in fields related to the DOE/FE goals and offers an "inside view" of federal employment, encouraging future work in the Department of Energy. During the program, students also receive the following:

  • A weekly stipend of $600 for undergraduate students;
  • A weekly stipend of $750 for Master's students;
  • A weekly stipend of $850 for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral students;
  • Approved travel costs to and from the host site; and
  • Approved travel costs to the Technical Forum for presentations and awards.       

While the goal of the program is to improve opportunities for minority and female students in these fields, all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. To qualify for the program, students must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher); and
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

For more information and to apply, please visit the MELF Program Site.