I'm a first year PhD ME student and I'm thinking about applying for an internship at a national lab next summer. Are interns typically treated well at labs, as in they do somewhat meaningful work and research? I'm not looking for some kind of REU experience but something that would actually require me to think and do something worth my while. What are the chances of me even getting an intern position at a national lab? I've got quite a bit of laboratory experience, especially for someone my age and background. I'm in pretty good academic standing as well, however I don't go to a ivy league university nor do I have any connections with a national lab. Do you need stellar academics to get an internship at a place like LANL, ANL, or ORNL?