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TARGET Internship 2021


Job Description


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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 South Dakota and at locations around the world, including 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.

The TARGET Program is a highly competitive, six-week summer internship opportunity for Illinois high school sophomores and juniors who have strong interest and demonstrated aptitude for physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. The program’s design combines both work and hands-on experiential learning.


  • 2020-2021 high school sophomores and juniors
  • Illinois high school enrollment
  • 3.0 grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Eligible to work in the United States

Application Requirements:

DO NOT submit the application until you upload your transcript, complete the questionnaire and provide two references contact information. An email will be sent to your references with a link to upload the letters of recommendation.

  • Online application and questionnaire
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • One from a math teacher
    • One from a science teacher

Internship Details:

  • Application Period: Dec 14, 2020 - Feb 1, 2021
  • Program Dates: June 28 - August 6, 2021
  • Acceptance Date: April 2021
  • Housing: No local/onsite housing available

Internship Deliverables:

  • Oral presentation
  • Exit survey

Questions?  TARGET FAQ link


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