Resources for Science-Oriented High School Students


The internship programs offered by Fermilab are described at this web site:

Most of these programs are aimed at students who are beyond high school.

These two programs are available to some High School students:

  • TARGET: a highly competitive, paid, 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 goals are to encourage high school students to undertake college study and pursue careers in STEM disciplines.
  • For students attending IMSA, there is the Student Inquiry and Research Program.  Fermilab is a participant in this program.


Fermilab usually has summer jobs for young adults.  Search for “Summer” on the jobs page. Generally, there is a requirement that the applicant be 18 years of age, but check each listing for particulars.

Summer Lecture Series

Each summer, in conjunction with the undergraduate internship programs, Fermilab organizes a lecture series that meets Noon, once or twice per week.  The current schedule can be found at the Education Office website.  While these lectures are aimed at college students, many SMP students could get something out of these lectures (for example, those who have had calculus already).  Some of the SMP lecturers participate in this free-of-charge program.


On the first Sunday of each month, several Fermilab scientist will gather in the Wilson Hall atrium to greet the public in Ask-a-Scientist.  There are lectures and tours associated with this.