Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the prerequisites or requirements for students?

The program is open to any currently registered undergraduate students of at least junior standing and currently registered graduate students who attends one of the participating universities or a qualifying minority-serving institute and who is studying in one of the NSSC-relevant fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens to apply. (If you are a dual citizen, you may apply for this program as long as you are a citizen of the United States.)

How do I apply?

You apply through your university. Each participating university has its own NSSC Program coordinator. Here are the NSSC pages for UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation [same as UC Berkeley coordinator].

What does the program actually consist of?

Part of the NSSC Program consists of workshops and other activities offered in the summer, such as UC Berkeley's NNSC "summer school." In addition, students come throughout the year to conduct their individual research with a staff scientist, depending on their schedules.

What are the benefits of being an NSSC-funded student?

As an NSSC-funded student, you will join a larger network of students spanning seven academic institutions and four national laboratories and perform research at the forefront of technology to support the national security mission.

What is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Can I earn course credits through this program?

No. The purpose of this program is to provide research opportunities to undergraduates and graduate students at the national laboratories.

Do I need a letter of recommendation?

You will be contacted individually if additional information is needed to complete your file.

Should I directly contact the national laboratory scientist who I am interested in working with?

Yes. If you already have a working relationship with a national laboratory scientist, please indicate this on the form.

Can I apply for multiple projects?

Yes. Please submit separate applications if you are targeting multiple, specific projects at different national laboratories.

This program provides opportunities to undergraduate students. If I will graduate before the internship term for which I am applying, am I eligible to participate?

The NSSC University-Lab Exchange is geared towards current undergraduate and graduate students. If you are not an active student at an NSSC academic institution, you are not eligible for this program.

If I am a graduate student who has already started a dissertation or thesis project, can I still apply for this program?


I am a freshman undergraduate student. Can I still apply?


Is there a GPA requirement?


What should I do if I don’t have a preferred laboratory?

No worries! We will match you with potential projects based on your qualifications and skill set.

(Adapted from NSSC FAQs by the UC Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering.)