TARGET: Science and Engineering Program

  • Program Description

    This program at Fermilab is a highly competitive, paid, six-week summer internship opportunity for Illinois high school sophomores and juniors with demonstrated aptitude and strong interest in physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. The program's goals are to encourage high school students to undertake college study and pursue careers in S.T.E.M. disciplines.

    TARGET aims to encourage and increase the representation of underrepresented minorities (Black, Hispanic, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Alaskan Native/American Indian and women) in the sciences and engineering at the college level and consequently the workforce.

    The program's design combines both work and hands-on experiential learning. Interns are at Fermilab eight hours per day, five days per week and are paid an hourly wage of approximately $12.50 for 20 hours of work per week. Summer interns receive no paid sick leave or vacation. Standard U.S. taxes are withheld, as is customary with all Fermilab employees. Each TARGET intern is required to provide evidence of identity and eligibility to work in the U.S.

    Annually, the TARGET Program cohort is approximately fifteen interns.

    Information and an application can be found on the TARGET website.

  • Eligibility

    The following may apply:

    • Illinois sophomore and junior high school students (No housing provided.)
    • Participants must provide evidence of identity and eligibility to work in the U.S.
    • Participants under the age of 16 must have work authorization papers obtained through their school and written parental permission.
    • Participants must have medical insurance during their time at Fermilab.

    Applicants must have:

    • A 3.0/4.0 grade point average or above.
    • Strong interest and demonstrated aptitude for mathematics and the sciences, physics
    • Completed algebra in the ninth grade and be in the process of taking geometry in the tenth grade.
    • Advanced information technology knowledge and computer programming skills (encouraged)
    • Evaluations from BOTH current math and science teachers.

    See Target Fact Sheet.

  • Key Dates

    Check Key Dates and the TARGET Calendar.


    • Complete the full six-week program.
    • Complete surveys.
    • Submit and present oral and written reports and evaluations at the end of the program.
    • Attend all scheduled events.