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STEM Workforce Development Intern

PURPOSE: Intern will receive training in outreach, communications, and engagement for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) STEM Workforce Development (WD) internship and fellowship programs and serve as a member of a collaborative team focused on enhancing the value of the ORISE experience and creating a diverse and collaborative community designed to support the future of STEM.


LOCATION: Oak Ridge/Knoxville, TN or Hybrid

SALARY RANGE: $17.40 - $23.27 per hour


  • Assists STEM WD staff in developing impactful content for the continued engagement, professional development, and recognition of ORISE participants and alumni. Duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Assists in professional development engagement series, postdoc appreciation activities, mentor activities, and alumni engagement; developing presentations, communications, and resources; supporting outreach including delivery and scheduling of messaging; assisting with reporting and follow up.
  • Assists in developing content for the ORISE Virtual Institute (vI – website), social media, Experience ORISE newsletter, ORISE Connections, program websites, presentations, etc.
  • Develops content for STEM WD Success Stories, including coordinating request process; interviewing sponsors, mentors, participants, and staff; researching topics; drafting and editing content for publications; arranging approvals; promoting content via social media, newsletters, and websites; and updating SharePoint site. Assists with video development of selected stories.
  • Represents ORISE STEM WD and supports activities related to outreach and ORISE community events, both in person and virtual, including interacting with potential applicants, participants, alumni, mentors, sponsors, and staff. Serves on teams and committees, and on special projects. Participates in outreach informational sessions, career fairs, presentations, etc.
  • Provides outstanding customer service by monitoring multiple email boxes and virtual platforms for general inquiries, registration approvals, and communication.
  • Identifies, researches, and develops special projects related to communication, engagement, or outreach interests to add value to ORISE STEM WD with presentation to leadership.


High school diploma and 2-4 years of job related experience. Bachelors highly preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience performing duties as described may be substituted for the minimum requirements.


  • Requires academic and career interest in outreach and recruiting, marketing, communication, training and development, or student affairs.
  • Strong skills in writing and editing, multi-tasking, organization, strategic and creative thinking, and ability to work productively in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Preferred knowledge of social media engagement, video or digital media, graphic design, event planning, and project management.


*The candidate’s starting salary will be determined upon hire and ORAU will use salary survey data, internal comparators, and the candidate’s qualifications to determine salary.



ORAU has a strategic approach to providing total rewards to employees through a fair, equitable, and competitive total compensation package. The goal of our total rewards system is to integrate compensation, benefits, work-life balance, performance, recognition, development, and career opportunities to attract, engage, and retain the talent required to achieve ORAU’s business objectives. The benefit component of our total rewards program supports business goals by offering the following benefits based on employee eligibility:

  • Legally required benefits
  • Group Health insurance including: Medical, Prescription, Dental, and Vision
  • Retirement plan access
  • Disability insurance
  • Group life insurance
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Section 125 reimbursement accounts
  • Other voluntary employee paid benefit and insurance offerings

The ORAU total reward package also promotes work-life balance. Mindful of the need for employees to care for themselves and their families, ORAU offers the following additional work-life benefits based on employee eligibility:

  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Flexible work schedules or compressed work weeks
  • Telework
  • Occupational Health and Wellness Programs
  • Employee Assistance Program