Fermilab TARGET Program

The TARGET program is a highly competitive 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 experiential learning. Annually, the TARGET program cohort is approximately 15-25 interns. The TARGET program provides the opportunity to work with scientists and engineers at Fermilab.

Stay on top of deadlines

The TARGET program takes place every summer, and applications are due the previous winter.

Apply here

TARGET at a glance


What TARGET students have to say:

“The workshops were helpful for preparing for college and the future. My favorite workshops were visionboards, the ecology tour, and the college preparation workshops.”

“The tours were fun. It was nice to see the whole of Fermilab. Seeing the multiple labs and testing facilities was amazing as well. It put the full scale of Fermilab into perspective.”

“I think my supervisor and coworkers were the most impactful for me because I learned a lot from them, and really saw how I could see myself in this field in the future.


Committee Members

Sandra Charles Chief Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Officer
Anahi Ruiz Beltran Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
Cortez Watkins Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
Sai Kancharla Neutrino Division, Mechanical Engineer
Andres F. Quintero Parra Computational Science and Artificial Intelligence Directorate, Staff Engineer