Fermilab TARGET Program

The TARGET program is a highly competitive, paid, six-week summer internship opportunity for Illinois high school sophomores and juniors who have strong interest and demonstrated aptitude for physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering. The program’s goals are to encourage high school students to undertake college study and pursue careers in STEM disciplines.

TARGET encourages and aims to increase the representation of underrepresented minorities (Black, Hispanic/Latino, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Alaska Native/American Indian) and women in the sciences and engineering at the college level and consequently the workforce.

The program’s design combines both work and hands-on experiential learning. Annually, the TARGET program cohort is approximately 15-25 interns.

Qualified applicants

    • 2017-2018 high school sophomores and juniors
    • Illinois high school enrollment
    • 3.0 grade point average or above on a 4.0 scale
    • Eligible to work in the United States

Further program information 


The TARGET program provides the opportunity to work with scientists and engineers at Fermilab.

Key Dates

Program Dates
June 24-August 2, 2019

Application Period
December 17, 2018-February 1, 2019

Acceptance Date
May 2, 2019


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