Community College Internships (CCI)

  • Program Description

    Sponsored by the Department of Energy Office of Science, CCI provides ten-week summer technical training experiences for community college students. Students work with scientists or engineers on technologies or instrumentation projects related to Fermilab's research program.

    Support includes:

    • Stipend of $500 per 40-hour week, subject to U.S. taxes including Social Security
    • Shared housing
    • Shared use of a rental car
    • Transportation to join the program and return home or to school for students living outside the Fermilab area

    More information is available on the DOE CCI website.

    Download, print and display a poster at your community college.

  • Eligibility

    • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at a community college or accredited two-year college and completed at least one semester at the time of applying.
    • Must have completed at least 6 credit hours in science, mathematics, engineering, or technology course areas, and completed at least 12 credits hours towards a degree. Must have an undergraduate cumulative minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all completed courses as a matriculating student.
    • Students must be must be at least 18 years old.
    • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is required of all participants.
    • Participants must provide evidence of identity and eligibility to work in the U.S.
    • May participate in the CCI program twice and can apply to the CCI program a maximum of three times.

    Key Dates

    Check Key Dates.

  • Obligations

    • Complete the full ten-week program. Students should expect to work 40 hours a week.
    • Complete all Fermilab safety and computing requirements.
    • Participants must have medical insurance while at Fermilab.
    • Work safely in a responsible and professional manner.
    • Attend all scheduled activities including lectures, tours and group activities.


    • Complete entrance and exit surveys.
    • Write a 150 word abstract of your presentation before delivering it.
    • Make a poster presentation to mentors and peers.
    • Submit a 6-8 page research project report in the required format.

    Check out the presentations and papers from previous years.