How to Apply

Application Assistance Workshop Events

CCI Previous Workshop Recordings:

November 1, 2023 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Learn strategies to submit a compliant and competitive application and get answers to your questions. Click to view the recording here.

November 29, 2023 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST: Hear real stories of the CCI experience through an alumni panel discussion. Click to view the recording here

You’re invited to view the previous workshop presentation and recordings.

September 6, 2023 - Hear the stories of alumni and review panel discussion about their internship experience.
Click to view recording 

April 24, 2023 - Learn About the CCI Experience at the DOE National Laboratories from current program alumni.
Click to view recording

March 29, 2023,
Click to view presentation and recording

October 31, 2022,
Click to view presentation
and video

November 7, 2022,
Click to view video

Application Requirements

  • All applications including recommendations to the CCI program must be completed online through the online application system.
  • The online application system will guide applicants through the application requirements.
  • Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be considered for evaluation and placement.
  • Materials uploaded into the application system will provide the sole basis for evaluation.
  • The application system is not compatible with smartphones. Completion of applications and letters of recommendation requires use of a computer and web browser.

Application Check List and Video Guides:

Applications must include:

  1. Completion of all required fields in the applications, including:
    • Contact and Education Information
    • Citizenship Status
    • Laboratory/facility choice and research interests
    • Essays
  2. Undergraduate transcripts, submitted online
    • Eligibility requires submission of the transcript from an applicant's current or recently-graduated undergraduate institution. This must be the most recent transcript available at the time of application. Recent is defined as the transcript printed or accessed no earlier than the opening date of the application.
    • Eligibility also requires that the applicant submit undergraduate transcripts from all other undergraduate academic institutions attended as a matriculated postsecondary student during the 5 years preceding the start of the current enrollment. This includes transcripts for transfer credits earned from previously attended colleges/universities.
      Official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Submitted transcripts must contain the following:
      1.Applicant's name
      2.Name of the university/college,
      3. All courses including grades, and
      4. Cumulative GPA
      *** Degree audits and transcripts that specifically state they are advising reports are unacceptable. 
    • Transcripts must be uploaded as Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files into the application system, and must be clearly legible, must be labeled with your name and the name of the university/college, and must clearly show all courses, all course grades, and a cumulative GPA. The application system provides an easy to use upload feature. Do not mail or email transcripts directly to DOE - they will not be considered.
    • Acceptable transcripts may either be (i) a hard-copy transcript issued to you suitably scanned and saved for uploading as an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file, and/or (ii) an unofficial transcript provided electronically to you directly from your university/college either via a website or email suitably saved for uploading as an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file. Screenshots of transcripts are not allowed.
    • Submitted transcripts must have all Social Security numbers and/or full date of birth including month, day, and year removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system. Any applications found to contain Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in the form of Social Security numbers and/or dates of birth will be deemed non-compliant and will not be released to host laboratories or facilities for review or consideration.

  3. Two Recommendations, submitted online
    • Applicants are encouraged to make the requests for recommendations as soon as possible. It is the applicant’s responsibility to inform their recommenders that they must submit their recommendation using the online system by the application deadline. Additionally, it is suggested that the applicant discuss this request in advance with potential recommenders, and allow adequate time for the recommender to act on this request.
    • Applicants must have two recommendations submitted in support of their application. Recommendations from individuals familiar with the applicant’s education, training, experience, aptitude, or promise relevant to the CCI Program are suggested. These letters should come from individuals who are in a capacity to objectively judge the applicant's performance such as STEM course instructors, internship mentors/supervisors, and research advisors. Recommendations are not allowed from family members or friends of family members.
    • Based upon recommender contact information entered as part of the application process, the application system automatically sends an email message to recommenders with information on how to access and submit their recommendation. Requests for recommendations can be made by using the “Final Submit” action in the recommendation request section.
    • WDTS will not accept any mailed or emailed recommendations.
    • Applicants may solicit a minimum of two, but up to three, recommendation requests from individuals familiar with the applicant’s education, training, experience, aptitude, or promise relevant to the CCI Program. The first two recommendations that are completed in the system will be the only ones included with your application.