Each summer Fermilab offers several programs for students and teachers. They have an opportunity to work on projects that support particle physics experiments in areas such as engineering, applied physics and computing. In addition, Fermilab offers opportunities for environmental studies, particularly in the hundreds of acres of restored tallgrass prairie. Interns work with Fermilab scientists or engineers and have an opportunity to experience current research methods and study problems of high-energy physics research or ecology.
Students and teachers are selected for their outstanding scholarship and their interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Internships for Physics Majors (IPM), Physics of Accelerators and Related Technology for International students (PARTI) and Summer Internships in Science and Technology (SIST) are lab-sponsored programs. Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI), Pre-service Teacher Program (PST, discontinued in 2011), Community College Internships (CCI) and the Visiting Faculty Program (VFP, formerly FaST) are national programs supported by the Office of Science: Office of Workshop Development for Teachers and Scientists. Lee Teng interns participate in the Lee Teng Undergraduate Internship in Accelerator Science and Engineering, sponsored by the Illinois Accelerator Institute. In 2017, PARTI was renamed the Helen Edwards Summer Internship in honor of Helen Edwards, visionary behind Fermilab's Tevatron.
For many years, Fermilab has had a partnership with Italian institutions for students who are engineering students from the Scuola Superiore di Sant' Anna (SSSA) in Pisa, physics and engineering students selected and sponsored by the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), and physics and engineering students selected and sponsored by the Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation (ISSNAF). Starting in 2016 the lab has international partnerships with Brazil and the Czech Republic. These students are selected by their institutions. Also in 2017, the IPM program was discontinued and students from Scotland and Mexico who previously participated in IPM were considered part of international partnerships. Read more about the international outreach. Teacher Research Associates (TRAC) offers summer research opportunities to teachers.
PPRA — Particle Physics Research Adventure, sponsored by the University of Virginia, brought students to Fermilab for the summer.
Some programs are discontinued over the years. Unaffiliated students are those who are not part of a particular program.