Undergraduate Education Program

The LLE Undergraduate Education Program enables students to engage in mission-critical science and engineering. The unique work opportunities the LLE has to offer are well suited to provide training, while helping to fill the critical future workforce needs of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at all levels, including operators, technicians, and scientists. Undergraduate students pursuing degree programs in related science and engineering fields are welcome to apply.

For Fall 2023 Internships – Deadline to Apply: September 10th

For Spring 2024 Internships – Deadline to Apply: October 31st

For Summer 2024 Internships – Deadline to Apply: February 15th


  1. Resume: email Laura Kappy, LLE Education Program Director
  2. Email can include any particulars you might like the LLE to be aware of regarding your interest in pursuing an internship with us.

Laboratory for Laser Energetics Internship

  • Workforce, Research, and Career-Building Opportunities
    • Full-time, Part-Time, Co-Op, REU, and Summer Opportunities

Please reach out to Laura Kappy, LLE Education Program Director, for more information about Undergraduate Internships at the LLE.

(For those interested in pursuing a future connection to the LLE through admission to Arts, Science, and Engineering degree programs at the University of Rochester, please visit the University of Rochester’s Undergraduate Admissions Website.)

A Unique University Research and Education Center for HEDP, Fusion, and High-Power Lasers

LLE is a world-leading university-based laboratory of scale with activities focused on laser fusion, high-energy-density physics (HEDP), laser and optics sciences and engineering, and education for the future workforce in these areas.
The lasers at LLE are the largest in any academic setting and are the major user facility in the world for HEDP with over 400 users and over 85 institutions conducting research at LLE. The quality of research has recently been highlighted by the 2018 Nobel prize in physics awarded for research done at LLE.

Semyon Papernov with his students in his Nanometrology class wearing white lab coats
Jeremy Hassett with a software application he wrote to aid engineers and scientists at LLE with diffraction-grating system design and analysis