• U.S. Department of Energy
  • Fermilab


Employment Manager:
Employment Manager
Juanita Frazier

Telephone 630-840-3381
Section Office WH15SW

Cooperative Education Program

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is America’s particle physics laboratory. Our vision is to inspire the world and enable its scientists to solve the mysteries of matter, energy, space and time for the benefit of all.

Our mission is to drive discovery in particle physics by:

  • building and operating world-leading accelerator and detector facilities
  • performing pioneering research with global partners
  • transforming technologies for science and industry

We advance particle physics research using a range of techniques at three interrelated frontiers. These frontiers ask different questions and use different tools, but they ultimately aim at the same scientific goal: a complete understanding of the laws of nature and the cosmos.

Our focused scientific mission, coupled with our accelerator and detector facilities and R&D infrastructure, keep the United States a world leader in particle physics research. Our program provides opportunities for international partners to participate in particle physics facilities in the United States.

Fermilab’s Co-Op Program provides the opportunity to be integrally involved in the development and operation of the Laboratory for individual exploration and project work. Our program supports a theory/practice model of learning where students apply what they are learning as undergraduates at their home institutions to projects vital to our lab’s scientific mission.

We encourage applications from students with majors and interests in chemistry/chemical engineering, electrical/electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, computer engineering/science, and environment/safety/health. Academic standing as a sophomore is required to participate in Fermlab’s Co-Op Program. Students typically work a minimum of three semesters or four quarters at Fermilab, alternating periods of full-time study at their schools with full-time employment at the laboratory.

When considering Fermilab as a cooperative education employer students should keep the following in mind:

  • Registration in an approved college/university cooperative education program is required.  Students are expected to maintain good undergraduate academic standing and satisfactory registration with their academic institution’s cooperative education program office. 

  • Relocation, housing, and local transportation costs and arrangements are the responsibility of the student. Fermilab can provide informational materials for the student to conduct a housing search.

Fermilab is operated by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC for the United States Department of Energy Office of Science. We are located approximately 40 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 6,800 campus. We are a workforce of approximately 1,800 full-time employees including more than 500 scientists and engineers. 

For more information about the Cooperative Education Program, please visit http://wdrs.fnal.gov/employ/educational_opps.html or contact Sandra Charles, Cooperative Education Program Manager, scharles@fnal.gov, 630/840-4574, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, P.O. Box 500, M.S. 17, Batavia, IL 60510-5011. 

To apply, please go to https://fermi.hodesiq.com/ . Select “Cooperative Education” under “Area of Interest” then “Apply Online” within the job announcement.

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updated 12/2013