QuarkNet Summer Research:
Preparing for Your Internship

Congratulations! We are happy that you will be joining us at Fermilab. Here are some things you need to know:

Required Onboarding Process:

Once you have accepted your internship offer, you are required to complete a web-based onboarding process through FermiWorks. FermiWorks is the Laboratory's secure web-based human resource management system and is your portal to all required onboarding documents including but not limited to medical, insurance and direct deposit enrollment forms and federal and state tax forms. You will be sent an e-mail from FermiWorks@fnal.gov that will provide you with necessary information to complete your onboarding process successfully.

Program Administrator:

The Internship Coordinator in the Education Office will be your laboratory contact for non-work and non-academic aspects of the summer program. Her office is located on the 15th floor, west side of Wilson Hall. Please direct your questions to the Internship Administrator at 630-840-3929 or send e-mail to internship@fnal.gov.

Practices and Guidelines:

The following current practices and guidelines apply to the employment of summer program participants:

  • Program dates: June 17–July 26, 2019
  • Work hours: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM (unless told otherwise)
  • Each time you enter Fermilab you must show a picture ID.
  • Information on working at Fermilab can be found at: Fermilab website
  • You can sign up to receive Fermilab Today, a daily online calendar, at: Subscribe to Fermilab Today

You will receive your first paycheck on the second Friday after you begin. Then all paychecks will be direct deposited; bring a cancelled check with you. Interns receive a stipend of $8.50 per hour. Fermilab has a one-day holiday in July for Independence Day.


SAFETY is a primary concern at Fermilab; we expect all employees to work safely at all times and to report any unsafe practices to a supervisor.

Documents for U.S. Citizens or Lawful U.S. Permanent Residents:

Most students who qualify for participation in QuarkNet are U.S. citizens or have lawful U.S. permanent residence (with green cards). In either case, you must bring with you certain original documents to present to staff during your orientation on your first day of employment. This is required by federal law, and there are no exceptions. The documents include a:

  • Government-issued document that contains a photograph to prove your identity.
  • Document that shows your citizenship or immigration status to show that you may work in the U.S. The federal government provides a list of documents that can be accepted, posted at (http://wdrs.fnal.gov/employ/I-9ListofDocuments.pdf). You must bring EITHER one List A document, or BOTH a List B and List C document. You need not bring a document from all three lists.

Health Insurance:

You will need to show proof that you are covered by health insurance. The Fermilab Users Office has more information on obtaining short-term health insurance.

Dress Code:

The dress code is casual but neat; jeans and T-shirts are acceptable.