Helen Edwards Internship: Program Details


The official period of the 2018 program is from June 25 to August 31. The duration of individual internships will be 10 weeks, and all internships must end by September 30. Due to the difference in university schedules, the individual internships may have up to one week deviation from the official start and end dates.


The interns are assigned only to projects associated either with accelerator physics or accelerator-related technology. The range of topics is wide: from tuning an accelerator to upgrading a program simulating beams to improving radio frequency cavities or accelerator magnets. The interns have used a wide range of skills (performing experiments, data analysis, programming, etc.) and knowledge of physics (electrodynamics, solid state physics, ...).

We try our best to match the student interests mentioned in the application to a project but usually the combination of the interns' base physics education, past experience in labs, and willingness to learn is good enough to make a meaningful contribution during the internship at any place at Fermilab.

You can get an impression of what past Helen Edwards (formerly PARTI) interns have done looking at their final reports (also here), and see their faces.


An intern in the Helen Edwards program receives financial support, based on a 40-hour workweek. The compensation is based on an hourly wage of $12.50 and is subject to U.S. taxes.

Summer interns receive no paid sick leave, and no vacation. The Laboratory holidays (4th of July and Labor Day) are not paid. You must arrange for your own medical insurance at your expense. Interns will receive their first paycheck after about two weeks of stay, so they must have enough cash on hand to pay for their expenses during that period.

  • Your housing costs are paid by the program - we pay for the rent of an apartment that you share with other interns or for a dormitory room.
  • Your apartment is fully furnished, including: furniture, linens, pots and pans, utensils, plates, cups, etc.
  • A shared car (one per up to 4 interns) is provided and paid for by the program. You pay for the gas. The rental includes unlimited mileage (in-state) and insurance. You must possess a valid driver license to drive the car.
  • We will arrange your transportation to and from the airport.
  • The laboratory will also provide bicycles if requested and pre-paid cell phones (limited number of minutes and text messages, no mobile internet).
  • To adhere to the job duties and to observe the required time and attendance standards, as defined by your supervisor.
  • To attend program activities.
  • To attend the weekly physics and engineering lecture series.
  • To prepare and present oral report at the end of the session. (The reports will be published on the web.)
  • To conduct yourself in a responsible and professional manner.
  • To follow all safety procedures and guidelines.