Fermilab Environmental Management Internship (FEMI)

Program Description

The Fermilab Environmental Management Internship (FEMI) program offers undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors including Community College students, majoring in the environmental field (environmental studies, environmental management, environmental engineering, environmental science, or geoscience), the opportunity to conduct real world environmental compliance activities (surface and/or ground water monitoring and surveillance, environmental evaluations, data analysis, etc.) and to shadow environmental professionals at Fermilab sites (IL or SD) during summer months.

The 12-week paid summer internship consists of work assignments that include reviewing Environmental Review Forms, Air Emissions data, assisting with Sustainability measures, groundwater analysis, field work (collection of ground water, surface water and sanitary samples).

This Internship aims to increase the representation of underrepresented groups (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Alaska Native/American Indian) and women in environmental management study and careers.


  • Enrollment in a U.S. Community College or 4-year university
  • Majoring in Environmental Studies, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Conservation, Geoscience or a related field
  • 3.0 grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Able to conduct field work in an outdoor setting
  • Eligible to work in the United States

Application Requirements 

  • Online application. Application cannot be edited once submitted, please have all materials ready at time of applying.
  • Unofficial transcript (Submit under resume section)
  • One letter of recommendation (reference letters are submitted directly to Fermilab by the writers via our system).  We will send the writer a link to submit the letter to us directly.
  • Essay (Submit under resume section)
    • Essay Guideline: Short answer questions*: Please write short (< 200-word) responses to the following questions:
    • What do you hope to get out of this internship experience?
    • What would the ideal environmental management internship teach you?
    • Describe a time you worked with a team to complete a task/goal.

Internship Details

  • Application Period: FEMI will not be moving forward for the Summer of 2023
  • Program Dates:
  • Acceptance Period:
  • Salary:

. Freshman: $15.84 per hour
. Sophomore: $21.00 per hour
. Junior: $23.00 per hour
. Senior: $25.00 per hour

  • Housing: Housing will be provided if permanent address is more than 50 miles from the laboratory.
  • Transportation: Transportation will be provided or arranged by the program.


  • Poster
  • Authoring a Fermilab Today article about the experience
  • Final Report presented orally to Fermilab staff and submitted to the laboratory in writing

Key Dates

Application Dates

FEMI will not be moving forward for the Summer of 2023

Program Dates

Application is Closed

IMPORTANT: Do not submit the application unless you have completed all four requirements the same day that you apply.


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