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 $540 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.

  • 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.