The Lee Teng Undergraduate Internship in Accelerator Science and Engineering was established in 2008 to provide junior level college students an opportunity to study with experts in the field of accelerator science and technology. Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), and the U.S. Particle Accelerator School (USPAS) jointly carry out this program each summer.
Undergraduate students from any university in the United States, preferably those finishing their Junior year in either physics, engineering or computer science, are eligible to apply. Ten students are selected from the applicant pool each year.
Past Internships and Projects
Our interns work along Argonne or Fermilab scientists on a topic of their interest and create a paper and a presentation for their projects.
Learn more about the range of accelerator applications leading to many different career opportunities.
Areas of Expertise
The construction and operation of accelerators requires a broad range of skills. Students interested in the following fields are encouraged to apply.
Electricity and magnetism, linear and nonlinear mechanics, optics, and computational physics are among the diverse physics skills needed in accelerator design and operation.
Accelerator systems require a variety of digital and analog electrical engineering skills. In particular there is a great need for engineers who can work with both low and high power radio frequency (rf) systems. Another area of need is high precision power supplies. Accelerator diagnostic systems require a mix of advanced analog systems and digital electronics.
Computing and Control Systems
Accelerators use advanced controls systems to monitor, model and control the hardware which influences the behavior of the particle beam. Needs exist for a range of software and hardware skills in designing and maintaining accelerator controls systems.
Many different mechanical engineering skills are important for accelerator technology. Particular areas of emphasis are; finite element analysis, high heat load materials, cryogenic systems, magnet design and structural design.
Increasingly important to accelerator development is the field of material science. Superconducting rf cavities are of great importance to accelerator developments. Surface properties, particularly of vacuum systems are also of interest.