VALOR (Veteran Applied Laboratory Occupational Retraining) Program

Program Description

As an extension of the VetTech internship program, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is furthering its commitment to U.S. military veterans through a new workforce development program known as VALOR, or Veteran Applied Laboratory Occupational Retraining. The VALOR program aims to provide Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) high school cadets and veterans starting their civilian careers valuable hands-on training experiences and full-time technical career placement and security at Fermilab.

VALOR Apprenticeship – Fall 2022 & Spring 2023

The VALOR Apprenticeship is a highly competitive, paid, six-month fall/spring training and career exploration program for military veterans at the beginning of their civilian careers and recent Illinois JROTC high school graduates. During the program, participants build and enhance their technical, computing, or business proficiencies. Assuming apprentice-level expertise, general military experience and/or knowledge based on academic study, the opportunity offers a wide range of placement options. The apprenticeship may allow the participant to fabricate, assemble, calibrate, operate, test, repair or modify electronic or mechanical equipment, systems, devices, or databases. Exposures may also include experiences with information technology, procurement, or environmental, safety and health.

VALOR JROTC – Summer 2022

The VALOR JROTC Program is a highly competitive, paid, six-week summer internship opportunity for Illinois JROTC high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. Interns provide routine technical support for area of assignment; typically, an experiment or support group. Tasks are accomplished under direction supervision of a Fermilab employee and in cooperation with project teams, scientists, engineers, and support personnel and in accordance with established policies and procedures.


**Eligibility, Application Requirements, & Internship Details will reflect the current open application.**


  • Military Veteran / JROTC High School Graduate
  • Proof of identity and eligible to work in the United States

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Resume (Please specify on your resume if you have a preference for the Fall or Spring Program)
  • Discharge Papers (Please upload with Resume under Resume section)

Apprenticeship Details

  • Application Period for Fall & Spring: June 23, 2022 – July 22, 2022
  • Acceptance Date: July 29, 2022
  • Program Dates Fall: August 8, 2022 – January 5, 2023 (5 days /40 hours per week)
  • Program Dates Spring: January 18 – June 23, 2023 (5 days /40 hours per week)
  • Salary: $20.00 per hour
  • Travel: Not provided or arranged by program.
  • Housing: Not provided or arranged by program.


  • Oral presentation
  • Exit survey


Key Dates

VALOR Apprenticeship:

Fall & Spring Application Period: June 23, 2022 – July 22, 2022

Fall Program Dates: August 8, 2022 – January 5, 2023

Spring Program Dates: January 18 – June 23, 2023


Summer Application Period: May 18, 2022 – Jun 6, 2022

Summer Program Dates: June 27 – August 5, 2022

Ready to apply?

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

Contact Information

Email Fermilab