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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My school doesn't end in time for the start date. Can I start late?

A: We have a "late start" date for participants who can't start on the first day for academic reasons. This later date is only for participants whose school's term ends later than the beginning of the program.
Q: Can I participate if I am graduating in May/June of the current year?
A: Yes, a limited number of placements can be made to "graduating seniors." Be sure to complete the section for graduating seniors on the SULI application.
Q: Do I have to send official transcripts, or can I send unofficial transcripts?
A: Once you have been offered an internship, you must send official transcripts. Be sure to have transcripts sent from all colleges attended sent to:

LBNL
Workforce Development & Education
One Cyclotron Road
MS:  7R0222
University of California
Berkeley, CA  94720
ATTN:  SULI Transcripts
Q: I don't have health insurance. Can I participate if I get health insurance by the start of the program?
A: Yes. You must have current health insurance coverage while participating in the program.

Q: When do we get paid?

A:  For those receiving NSF funding, please contact the NSF Program Manager at your home institution regarding stipends.  Housing supplements will be distributed by Workforce Development & Education up front in first week of program.

B: For those who are getting their support from Berkeley Lab, housing supplements will be distributed during the first week of the program; stipends will be distributed every two weeks, beginning at the end of the 2nd week

Q: Can I get my housing supplement in advance of my arrival so I can put a deposit on my housing?

A: No

Q: Can we get direct deposit?

A: No

Q: Is there a dress code?

A: The Lab is a fairly casual atmosphere; often jeans are the norm. Lab geography dictates that you wear comfortable shoes (it's a bit "hilly"). If you are working in a lab you will, of course, dress appropriately: long pants, closed-toe shoes, etc. You can contact your mentor for suggestions specific to your work site. There is one public event (a poster session) for which you may wish to 'dress up' a bit.

Q: Do I have to pay taxes on the educational stipend I receive while participating in a Workforce Development & Education internship?

A: LBNL does not issue W2 or 1099 forms for Workforce Development & Education participants. LBNL is not allowed to give tax advice, please consult a tax professional.

Q.  I need a letter of recommendation, can Workforce Development & Education staff write one for me?

A.  It is Workforce Development & Education policy, that letters of recommendation are to be written by the mentor or associate mentor, not Workforce Development & Education staff.

For more information, contact BLUFF@lbl.gov