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The Department of Energy National Laboratories are powerhouses of science and technology whose researchers support scientists and engineers from academia, government, and industry with access to specialized equipment, world-class research facilities, and skilled technical staff. They like to hire physicists at every level, including student interns and recent B.S. degree recipients and M.S. and Ph.D. physicists. Each lab has a different focus, so spend a few minutes finding out what kind of science happens there. Some are centered around highly specialized equipment (e.g. the linear accelerator at SLAC) while others have an enormous range of research (e.g. the NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology). They are located all over the country and many faculty members have associations with particular labs - ask the professors, post docs and grad students if they know about particular labs! Ask them which students got jobs there and ask them to put you in touch.
Some positions require U.S. citizenship or permanent residence, but not all do. International students should check the listings for each position and not assume that they are not qualified. DoE labs tend to be less restrictive than DoD (Department of Defense) labs in this regard.