Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The NIF and Photon Science Directorate Student Scholar Program

The NIF and Photon Science Directorate Student Scholar Program prepares graduate and undergraduate students for experimental, theoretical, and computational research in many disciplines, such as

  • Lasers
  • Plasma physics
  • Electro-optics
  • Software development
  • Optical development
  • Material science

Each year, about two to three dozen students join this dynamic environment. Each is assigned a research mentor and a project that coincides with the student's research interests. The interns have the opportunity to interact with staff scientists, give oral presentations, and learn about other interesting research at LLNL. Internships are available for three-month time frames during the summer.

To look for opportunities, go to the LLNL Careers page and search for NIF.

Previous Tours


NASA Ames Research Center, one of the ten NASA field centers, is located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. For more than 75 years, Ames has led NASA in conducting world-class research and development in aeronautics, exploration technology and science aligned with the center’s core capabilities.

Seminar: Katherine Bouman - Imaging a Black Hole with the Event Horizon Telescope

The 29-year-old computer scientist who has earned plaudits worldwide for helping develop the algorithm that created the first-ever image of the black hole.

Zeiss Tour
Zeiss has a long history in the optical sciences dating back to the mid-1800’s and their technology can be found worldwide. Medtec is a local division specializing in both classic and specialty medical imaging and surgical technologies, including surgical microscopes, optical coherence tomography, and short-pulsed surgical lasers. Applications include ophthalmology/optometry, neuro, dental and intraoperative radiotherapy.