US CMS Undergraduate Internship

Program Description

The US CMS Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program seeks to address the under-representation of women and minoritized students in STEM fields, in particular Physics. It is a 10-week paid internship program, which offers female and minority undergraduate students an opportunity to perform a project under the mentorship of scientists working at the frontier of Physics at one of the 50+ institutions in the United States.

The internship program is open to students pursuing physics, engineering, computer science, math, chemistry, or related majors. We aim to strengthen our research by increasing diversity.

The research internships will be structured to encourage students to persist in a STEM major through college, to train them in skills needed for a future career in the STEM workforce, in order to sustain a diverse  and inclusive talent pool in research and innovation.

This immersive research internship opportunity will cover areas in instrumentation, technology, and computing projects. Students will use computational tools and data-science methods to learn about fundamental particles and their interactions, by analyzing data obtained from the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located at CERN, Switzerland. The pool of mentors are physicists from U.S. institutes affiliated with the CMS experiment at the LHC and at the rank of university faculty, scientists from national labs, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.

The program is funded by U.S. Department of Energy and National Science Foundation funds awarded to the U.S. CMS Operations at Fermilab and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and additionally the IRIS-HEP program.

Questions about the U.S. CMS internship program can be directed to Prof. Meenakshi Narain, chair of the U.S. CMS Collaboration Board.


  • Be full-time undergraduate students enrolled at an accredited U.S.institution and have completed at least one year as a matriculating student
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to work remotely

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Provide a letter of recommendation, ideally from a STEM faculty member at their current institution
  • Provide an unofficial transcript including course titles and overall GPA
  • Provide a one-page resume (which includes current contact information)
  • Provide an essay describing their interest in the internship program (max 400 words). The essay should describe the applicant’s interest in the program. For example, the applicants may wish to expand on 3 or 4 topics from the following list: their background, their skills, and strengths; what scientific topics appeal them; previous research experience, if any; what they may want to pursue as a future career; and what benefits they would like to gain from this program.

Internship Details

  • Application Period: January 31, 2022- February 28, 2022
  • Program Dates: Between June 6 – August 22, 2022
  • Acceptance Dates: March 31, 2022
  • Salary: $600 stipend per week
  • This position will be fully remote/virtual.


Key Dates

Application Period
January 31, 2022 – February 28, 2022

Program Dates

Between June 6 – August 22, 2022

Acceptance Date
March 31, 2022

**This position will be fully remote/virtual. Students will not physically come to the Fermilab site

Ready to apply?

Fill out the online application and be prepared to present any other application requirements.


Contact Information