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 US.

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 and 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 US institutes affiliated with the CMS experiment at the LHC and at the rank of university faculty, Tougaloo College, scientists from national labs, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students.

The program is funded by U.S. Department of Energy RENEW-HEP: U.S. CMS SPRINT award at Tougaloo College, Brown University, University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez), and University of Wisconsin; and the U.S. CMS Operations program at Fermilab and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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  • 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 at one of the U.S. CMS institution sites, including Fermilab. In special circumstances remote participation maybe considered.

Application Procedure

  • Letter of recommendation, ideally from a STEM faculty member at their current institution
  • Unofficial transcript including course titles and overall GPA
  • One-page resume (which includes current contact information)
  • Essay – Describe your interest in the internship program (max 400 words). The essay should describe your interest in the program. For example, you may wish to expand on 3 or 4 topics from the following list: your background, skills, and strengths; what scientific topics appeal to you; previous research experience, if any; what you may want to pursue as a future career; and what benefits you would like to gain from this program.

Internship Details

  • Application Period: Dec 15, 2023 – Feb 15, 2024, Approximately
  • Program Dates: May 28 – Aug 2, 2024 Approximately
  • Acceptance Dates: By March 10, 2024
  • Salary: $600 stipend for 40 hours per week
  • Travel to and Housing at the research institution site will be provided by the program

Key Dates

Application Period
Dec 15, 2023 – Feb 15, 2024, Approximately

Program Dates

May 28 – Aug 2, 2024, Approximately

Acceptance Date
By March 10, 2024

Application is Open

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


Contact Information