Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) is a 10-week paid summer internship with opportunities in the US Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, for students who are currently enrolled in Science, Technology (IT), Engineering, and Math majors at an accredited college or university.

Selections are based on a student’s qualifications and the needs of the host site. Proximity to the host is not factored during the selection process. The program may place students at one of several possible FE sites including:

  • Department of Energy Headquarters, Washington, DC and Germantown, MD
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA; Morgantown, WV; Albany, OR
  • Strategic Petroleum Reserve, New Orleans, LA; and other SPR sites in LA and TX
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
  • Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  • Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM

Orientation/Technical Forum

Fellows will be required to attend all orientation activities, which may include travel to a meeting location other than their appointment site. At the conclusion of the program, Fellows are required to attend a week-long Technical Forum where they will present their research findings and participate in all other scheduled Forum activities (the location of the Technical Forum changes every year). Travel costs for required events will be covered by the program.


  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Be currently enrolled full-time as a degree-seeking student in a STEM program at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral level. Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application.
  • Available to participate in the full 10-week program

Applications are typically accepted in December of each year. 

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