UDayton Global, Student Stories

Flyers on the Go: Shubham Kokul

A male student from India

Shubham Kokul, a UD graduate student

University of Dayton international graduate student Shubham Kokul is an impressive example of what you can achieve with hard work and initiative. He recently secured a summer internship with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oakridge, Tennessee. ORNL is the largest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) open science laboratory. ORNL performs research and development for the advancement of many industries, including energy, computing and medical science. The lab is managed by UT-Batelle, LLC for the DOE.


Shubham is from India, and began his Master of Computer Science program at UD in Fall 2018, through UDayton Global. Almost immediately, he began networking with faculty and staff in his department. He was interested in the work being done by Dr. Saeedeh Shekarpour, UD Assistant Professor of Computer Science, so he shared his undergraduate research with her. In September, he began working for Ms. Shekarpour as a Teaching Assistant. He credits her with helping him realize his passion for computer research. Shubham appears with Ms. Shekarpour and fellow students in the University of Dayton’s video about the Department of Computer Science’s virtual reality and mixed reality labs.

But Shubham didn’t stop there. He started seeking and applying for a summer internship before fall semester was even over. He applied through various job search sites, including UD’s Handshake portal, Indeed, and LinkedIn. He maintained a spreadsheet so he could track the status of each of his applications so he could follow up as needed. Ultimately, he connected with ORNL through Handshake.

Researchers test mechanical equipment

ORNL researchers test the magnetic suspension properties of a water pump

During his application process to ORNL, Shubham worked hard to stand out from other applicants. He submitted a draft research proposal as part of his internship application. He even worked on extra projects, did additional reading and made an effort to add to his online presence by increasing his industry postings. And after three interviews with ORNL staff, he was offered the position of Research Scientist Intern in the Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity (ASTRO) program.

As a research intern in ASTRO, Shubham will be analyzing large amounts of data that are received by the ORNL computer science department. He will have an opportunity to collaborate with ORNL researchers and staff to build a data analysis system that is not only more automated but also has remote access tools. We look forward to catching up with Shubham in the fall to learn all about his summer internship experience.

If you’re wondering how you can include an internship and/or co-op as part of your education experience at UD, drop by Brittany Chill’s office in Rike 212 or email brittany.chill@udaytonglobal.org. She’d love to talk to you!