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Frequently Asked Questions About the Nuclear Regulator Apprenticeship Network Program

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How does the program work?

The Nuclear Regulator Apprenticeship Network (NRAN) is a paid, full-time 2-year training program for outstanding engineers and scientists from across the nation who wish to start an advancement-oriented career with the NRC. As an employee participating in the NRAN, you will be part of a cohort of recent college graduates and receive support of both mentors and leaders to guide your development and NRC career path. The program is designed to develop well-rounded regulators by focusing on skill development in multiple areas across the agency. Initial training will cover regulatory and technical fundamentals as well as soft skills. After successful completion of the training the candidate will participate in 3-4 apprenticeships to gain a variety of skills and experiences.

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How do I qualify?

You should have both superior academic standing and a high potential for achievement in challenging professional assignments. You must be eligible under a non-competitive hiring authority (NRC grant recipients, veterans and people with disabilities) and be a recent graduate with a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in:

  • Engineering (General, Nuclear, Electrical, Welding, and Material); or
  • Health Physics

NRC generally assesses applicants on the following factors:

  • Grade point average of 2.95 or higher based on a 4.0 scale
  • Honors and awards received
  • Extracurricular or work-related activities
  • Interpersonal skills (written/verbal communication, listening, presentation, etc.)
  • Candidate interviews

Other than academic qualifications, an applicant must:

  • Possess U.S. citizenship;
  • Pass mandatory pre-employment drug screening;
  • Ability to pass a background investigation leading to a clearance.

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Where will I work?

As part of the NRAN cohort, you will begin employment at our Headquarters location in Rockville, MD just outside of Washington, D.C., and you will participate in both technical and personal development training at both our Headquarters and Technical Training Center locations.

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How do I apply?

For more information, see our Contact Us About Employment page and select "Apprenticeship Network" from the dropdown list.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, January 16, 2020