Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My school doesn't end in time for the start of the program. Can I start late?
A: We have a "late start" date for participants who can't start on the first day of the internship for academic reasons. This later date is only for participants whose school's term ends later than June 7.Q: Can I apply for both CCI and SULI?
Q: Can I repeat as a CCI participant?
A: Yes, Community college students are undergraduates. If you get an offer in one program be sure to notify DOE and US that you want to withdraw your application from the other program.
A: Yes. Applicants are limited to participation in CCI program to no more than two internships.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 mailed from all colleges attended to:Q: I don't have health insurance. Can I participate if I get health insurance by the start of the program?
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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. Total housing supplement will be distributed by CSEE in first week of program.
B: For those who are getting their support from Berkeley Lab please refer to your confirmation letter.
Q: Can I get my housing supplement in advance of my arrival so I can put a deposit on my housing?
Q: Can we get direct deposit?
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 CSEE internship?
A: LBNL does not issue W2 or 1099 forms for CSEE participants. LBNL is not allowed to give tax advice, please consult a tax professional.
Q: I am a Permanent Resident of the United States. Am I required to provide documentation?
A: Yes, if accepted into the program, you will be required to provide a copy of your Permanent Resident status during badging.
Q: I will turn 18 one week after the program starts, am I eligible to participate?
Q: Can I miss a couple of days during the program for vacation?
A: No. Participants must be 18 years of age by the start of the program.
A: No, participants are required to attend the entire program and not take any time off.
Q: Am I allowed to drive and park onsite?
A: No, parking permits will not be issued to participants. On the first day of the program, you will have access to the Lab's shuttle service. Find out more information on LBNL Bus Services/Lab Shuttle.
Q: How do I acknowledge DOE and the CCI program in presentations and publications?
A:When acknowledging WDTS support, please use the following statement - "This work was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) under the Community College Internship (CCI) program."
Q. I need a letter of recommendation, can CSEE staff write one for me?
A. It is CSEE policy, that letters of recommendation are to be written by the mentor or associate mentor, not CSEE staff.