Student Programs


Launch your career or refine your professional direction in a collaborative and engaging environment to conduct research of national and global impact.

High-Energy-Density Physics Summer Student Program


The High-Energy-Density Physics (HEDP) Summer Student Program prepares graduate and undergraduate students for experimental, theoretical, and computational research in many disciplines, such as

  • Astrophysics
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Turbulence
  • Plasma physics
  • Inertial confinement physics
  • Radiation/particle transport

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.

Interns use state-of-the-art research facilities including lasers, pulse power machines, and massively parallel supercomputers. The student employee program includes a summer lecture series and other technical and social activities.


Undergraduate Student Intern


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Graduate Student Intern


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Sample Projects


Indirect Nuclear Measurement: Can we get rid of the theorists?

Failure is Fundamental

MALT: Machine ALE Learning Technology

Shock-turbulence interaction with plasma viscosity

2020 Summerslam


Supersonic Nozzle Design and Analysis

San Francisco to Paris in 60 Minutes

Physically Consistent Neural Network Models for Equations of State




Water entrainment in nuclear detonations

Laser-Plasma interactions

Acceleration of radiative transfer

Optimizing calculational memory management

Lunar formation impact




Laser melting physics

High-Order Lagrangian hydrodynamics

ICF capsules instability growth

Rayleigh–Taylor mixing

Additional Student Employment Opportunities

Many summer job openings are posted through one of the scientific discipline organizations such as Computation, Engineering, and Physical and Life Sciences within the Laboratory, with assignments directly contributing to the fundamental research needed for our national security mission. Find additional opportunities and information: