QuarkNet Summer Research Program

Program Description

QuarkNet offers summer research opportunities in science and technology for students who have demonstrated a strong interest in and aptitude for science and mathematics. Students work with scientists for six weeks on projects related to the Fermilab research program.

Interns are encouraged to express preferences for areas of research in which they have a particular interest, although research projects vary yearly, based on the availability of projects ongoing at the lab. Projects will  be a subset of the research areas which constitute the mission of Fermilab, and are described in the lab webpage.”


  • High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors when applying. Juniors with experience programming computers or working with mechanical or electrical systems are encouraged to apply.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Evidence of identity and eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • Work authorization if under 16 years of age. This refers to a work authorization for minors (sometimes called a “minor work permit”) that students under 16 must get through their school district. Your high school guidance counselors should have more information.
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • Applicants are asked to commit to attending the entire six-week internship period. Your availability may affect your acceptance into the program.  Although, we understand that school or family commitments can happen, missing any portion of the internship program is highly discouraged.”

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Questionnaire
  • Essay
  • One letter of recommendation (reference letters are submitted directly to us by the writers via Technomedia).  Requests will be sent by Fermilab after the application deadline. 
  • Essay Guideline: Pick a fact you have studied recently in one of your science classes. Address the following questions in an essay:
  • What is fascinating about this fact?
  • How do you know it is true?
  • How would you convince a friend that it is true?
  • In addition, please include a list of science courses you have taken in high school, along with your grades.

Internship Details – Revised Dates!

  • Application Period: March 2- 19, 2020
  • Program Dates: June 15-July 24, 2020
  • We will begin sending acceptances on May 4, 2020
  • Salary: $8.75 per hour, 37.5 hours per week
  • Lodging, meals, and transportation to and from Fermilab, are the responsibility of the Applicant.


  • Entrance and exit surveys
  • Team research abstract
  • Oral presentation

Program Support

Summer Research for High School Students is generously supported by the College of Dupage.

Applicants to the program agree to have their contact information shared with the College of Dupage.

Key Dates

Program Dates
June 15-July 24, 2020

Application Period
March  2 – 19, 2020

Acceptance Period
Starts May 4, 2020

Acceptance Notifications will be by email.

All notifications will be sent by May 8th. Please do not call or email us for updates. 

Ready to apply?

Fill out the online application, (search for QuarkNet Summer Research Program), and be prepared to present any other application requirements.

Contact Information