Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

  • Program Description

    Sponsored by the Department of Energy Office of Science, SULI places undergraduate physics or engineering majors in paid ten-week summer internships at Fermilab. These internships offer a chance for students to work with Fermilab scientists or engineers on a project at the frontier of scientific research in particle physics.

    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 participants living outside the Fermilab area

    More information is available on the DOE SULI website.

  • Eligibility

    • Must be must be at least 18 years old.
    • Must be currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate physics or engineering major and at the time of applying at least one year as matriculating undergraduate student with minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Must have a high school diploma or certificate of General Education Development (GED) at the time of applying.
    • Must have U.S. citizenship or be a permanent resident. Must provide evidence of identity and eligibility to work in the U.S.
    • May participate in the SULI program twice and can apply to the SULI 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.
    • Must have medical insurance during their time 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.
    • Make a poster presentation to mentors and peers.
    • Submit a one-page peer review of another SULI intern's poster or oral presentation.
    • Submit an abstract and a 1500-3000 word research project report in the required format.

    Check out the presentations and papers from previous years.