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Internships & Fellowships

ORAU provides support to almost 1,500 postdoctoral fellows and researchers at federal agencies, such as NASA and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Since 1951, we have been committed to enabling and enhancing career paths for those just launching their scientific careers to senior scientists who are building experience while furthering the missions of research organizations around the country.

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Impact Areas

What we offer

ORAU maintains a robust technical infrastructure and experienced education and operations staff to professionally administer every aspect of a premier internship, fellowship, research, or contractual program, including:

  • Marketing and communication
  • Full immigration services
  • Applicant recruiting and development
  • Award administration
  • Administration of benefits
  • Program evaluation and assessment/impact and tracking
  • Expert merit review capabilities
  • Training and enrollment
  • Full payroll capability for administering stipends, tax withholding and documentation, and fellow expenses

The feeling of belonging to a community; what Claudia Alvarez Carreno cherishes about being a scientist

Claudia Alvarez Carreno is a third-year NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow who is a medical doctor by training and then discovered that she really enjoys basic science. Her research at NASA focuses on patterns of ribosomal proteins across all living organisms to help understand past events. In this episode of Further Together: The ORAU Podcast, Alvarez Carreno talks to host Michael Holtz about her own evolution as a scientist, the importance of mentorship and collaboration, and more.

Listen to Episode 128

The feeling of belonging to a community; what Claudia Alvarez Carreno cherishes about being a scientist

Contact us

If you would like  to learn more about ORAU's expertise in managing STEM internship and fellowship programs, contact Scott Miller, Ph.D., director of ORAU Research Programs.

If you have questions about contracting options, contact the ORAU Contracts Administration Office at (865) 576-7618 or