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Summer Internships in Science and Technology (SIST)


Job Description

Open Date: 12/4/2017

Closing Date: 1/29/2018


Summer Internships in Science and Technology (SIST)


We Are:

Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.  We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and at locations around the world, including deep underground mines in South Dakota and Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole.

We are strategic risk takers, innovators and collaborators. We are engineers, scientists, technicians, administrative professionals. We are 1,800 employees advancing knowledge for the benefit of humankind. Fermilab has been at the forefront of particle physics for more than 40 years. We build world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments possible. We collect and analyze the data from those experiments with some of the most powerful computers in the world. We conduct this research on a 6,800-acre prairie 35 miles outside Chicago, a treasure that has been designated a National Environmental Research Park.

Fermilab’s Summer Internships in Science and Technology (SIST) program offers undergraduate sophomores and juniors attending U.S. universities/colleges and majoring in physics, engineering (mechanical, electrical and computer), materials science, mathematics or computer science the opportunity to conduct and support scientific research alongside Fermilab scientists and engineers for 12 weeks. Assigned research assignments are interest and academic-level appropriate.

This program includes a competitive hourly wage, all travel expenses and a housing allowance.

SIST supports efforts to increase the numbers of underrepresented minorities studying and working in scientific research and engineering. Members of underrepresented groups, including but not limited to African Americans, Hispanics, Alaska Natives, American Indians, and women, are strongly encouraged to apply.


You Will:

  • Learn from and contribute to an assigned research project under the guidance of a Fermilab scientific, engineering or computing professional.
  • Learn and/or expand your knowledge of computer programming language(s) and data analysis software.
  • Participate in Fermilab tours, lectures and program activities
  • Participate in the Summer Intern Poster Session.
  • Prepare and present oral and written reports at the end of the program.
  • Network with professionals, undergraduate interns, graduate fellows and other SIST interns in both work and informal settings.


We Are Looking For:

  • 2017-2018 enrollment as a Sophomore or Junior at an accredited college or university in the United States, majoring in Physics, Engineering (mechanical, electrical and computer), Materials Science, or Computer Science.
  • Independent thinker and strong team player
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills.
  • Ability to adhere to laboratory environmental, health and safety policies.
  • Willingness to respect, understand and value individual differences that embody laboratory principles of diversity and inclusion.


Diverse people. Diverse jobs. Great science.


Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Veterans are encouraged to apply.