CHF Weinberg Internship
Planet Earth may be warming up at an ever faster pace with US pulling out of the Paris Accord. So it is of utmost important to speed up the development of an inherently safe and market-competitive nuclear power technology in time to replace the fossil-fueled plants. However, of all known renewable and nuclear technologies, only the thorium-fueled high temperature reactor prototype module (HTR-PM) and the thorium-fueled molten salt reactor (TMSR) have the best prospect to be an economically viable alternative to the coal-fired power plants for base-load operation. Like many reactor concepts, both HTR and TMSR were originated in Dr. Alvin Weinberg’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory more than half a century ago. They are now blossoming in many parts of the world, especially in China. As a tribute to Dr. Weinberg for his vision and contributions, a CHF Weinberg Internship has been established in 2015 to promote international cooperation in inherently safe nuclear technologies. Through this internship more young nuclear engineers will be exposed to the promises of HTR and the TMSR technologies. Hopefully it can hasten the coming of a true carbon-free hydrogen economy.
Applicants must be a graduate engineering students and do the following:
Step1: Prepare a description of research skills and publications or a summary of thesis research for acceptance as a summer intern by INET of Tsinghua University or SINAP of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Email write-up to
Prof. Li: email@example.com of INET, Tsinghua University
Prof. Cai: firstname.lastname@example.org of SINAP, CAS
Step 2: Upon acceptance by hiring institute SINAP(Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics) or INET (Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology) in Beijing, negotiate internship terms such as duty, duration, stipend and lodging etc. Email result to Choong-Hsia Foundation: pchoong@alum.MIT.edu for final approval.
Step 3: Proceed to make travel arrangement and prepare a presentation file about yourself at SINAP or INET upon arrival for internship duty in summer.
Step 4: After completion of internship, reserve one week to visit IFCEN (Institute of Sino-French Nuclear Engineering and Technology) in Zhuhai, Guangdong to take part in an educational exchange with IFCEN trilingual students.
Step 5: Upon return home in late summer, give a seminar to your peers at your home institution about your sumer internship experience and lessons learned.
CHF Weinberg Internship Award: Monetary award up to USD 2000.00 to cover nominal round-trip travel expenses upon completion of all above steps. Deadline for application is March 31, 2018. Please send all inquiries to
Choong-Hsia Foundation pchoong@alum.MIT.edu.